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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  • August 19, 2017
    This is not a big museum, but big enough for us to use some time in it. They have a lot of good local information. From dinosaurus til today. Lot of informations who you can interact with, both child ...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    The museum is really well done with something for everyone. They have worked hard to make it interactive for the kids and have all sorts of interesting items. We particularly liked the display of arch...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    This museum has a lot more to offer than you think! The entry fees are great, all children get in for free, and for adults you have to pay £4.50 for entry. The good thing about the adult ticket is tha...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Very interesting small museum and art gallery.
  • Nice little museum informing the public about the history of tenby from roman to modern times. Admission lasts for a whole year
  • Great family place to visit i came hear wen i was a kid and us fantastic plenty of : Shops Coffee shops Pubs Sweety shops Boat trips Ice cream shops Planty areas to park B&Bs Hotels Walks Perfick!!! Fantastic beaches north and south beach award winning beach as well
  • It is really great place but things could be done to improve it

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