Porthmadog Maritime Museum, Porthmadog

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#7 of 10 in Museums in Gwynedd
The Holyhead Maritime Museum is a maritime museum located in Holyhead, North Wales.Housed in what is claimed to be the oldest Lifeboat station in Wales (built c. 1858), it houses a number of collections.HistoryThe lifeboat station opened in 1858 and the first lifeboat was unnamed, launching 18 times, saving 128 persons. Replaced by the Prince of Wales, she launched 38 times and rescued 128 persons. In 1875, Member of Parliament Joshua Fielden and his brothers donated the Thomas Fielden, named after their father, which necessitated extending the house. In 1890, a second large boat was obtained, for which the house was extended to enable beach based landing from a horse-drawn carriage.After local maritime exhibitions were held in 1982 and 1983 elsewhere, a trustees group was formed on 24 September 1984. The trustees obtained a nine-year lease on the redundant St Elbods church from the Church in Wales, with the museum opened officially by the Duke of Westminster in March 1986.On expiration of the lease, and after failing to agree a lease within a new development, Stena Line offered the museum a peppercorn rent on the renovated Lifeboat house at Newry Beach. Deciding to improve the building through the construction of new visitor facilities, after a successful bid for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a renegotiation of the lease to 99 years, the museum reopened on its current site in 1998.
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  • August 19, 2017
    This is a small but very interesting museum with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Very good for a rainy day.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    This unassuming little establishment deserves all the support it can get, BUT, you do need to be interested in the maritime history of Porthmadog. Excellent for "old-timers", but youngsters may have d...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The volunteers gave a very helpful overview and introduction when we arrived and were available and keen to answer any questions. The displays were thorough and interesting for adults but may not have...  more »
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  • Well worth a visit if you're in the area
  • Excellent museum - open Easter to Autumn Half Term

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