Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, Tenby

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Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, located in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, South West Wales, is the oldest independent museum in Wales. Established in 1878 the Museum has a collection of local geology, biology, archaeological and maritime artifacts. Accompanying the regular exhibitions since 1976 is a collection of images and crafts by local and national artists such as Augustus and Gwen John.OriginsAt the beginning of January 1878 a meeting of a like-minded group of would be trustees of a proposed museum, was held at 10 The Norton, Tenby, the home of one of their number, Charles Allen. The group also comprises: Edward Laws (Hons. Secretary), Dr Frederick Dyser, Rev. George Huntington, James T. Hawkesley, E. Rawdon Power, Dr. John G. Lock and Frederick Walker.It was the wish of the group to house and display the collection of valuable geological specimens formerly belonging to the late Rev. Gilbert N. Smith, and amateur archaeologist and geologist, who had been the Rector of nearby Gumfreston. The collection had been purchased by the town of Tenby for £100 and was to form the basis of a museum collection together with other promised items of natural history and of scientific books.The trustees wished these collections to be permanently housed in the town for the benefit of the community and from the onset they decided upon a purely local museum with no ‘cosmopolitan’ collections being accepted. (This basic rule has been adhered to ever since and material unconnected with the area is not collected).
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  • Climbed up the friggin path only to find they were closed on Monday. Why isn't that notified at the bottom of the climb? Stupid.  more »
  • We went for a walk round the museum and art gallant. It’s not the biggest museum in the world , but it contains some nice things. Their are some lovely paintings , and a few busts. The staff are lovel...  more »
  • Lots of varied items in the museum. It's not very big but that adds to it's charm. The lady at the cash desk gave helpful advice as to what is where. I'd been advised in town that the castle mount was...  more »
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  • Amazing experience; so much to learn about Tenby and it's all organised so you walk through the ages. Interactive exhibits, really fascinating. I've always been interested in this sort of history and found it enthralling. Couldn't recommend it enough, and the entry fee is very reasonable! Only problem is that it's a bit of a climb as it's on top of a cliff peak overlooking the ocean but the view alone is worth it!!!
  • a very well curated museum...great information about the tenby coastline from prehistoric age till date
  • Superb independent museum and art gallery! Collections and displays document local history from stone age to the present day. Regular art exhibitions showcase local artists and those who are well known further afield. Activities and trails for children make this an ideal visit for families who are dodging the showers or who just went a break from the beach and the shops.
  • It's small, but every single item has been thought through, and the collection of the art gallery is the equal of anything in Cardiff or London when it comes to the work of Augustus John.
  • Fascinating place to visit.
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