Explore Pembrokeshire's long and colourful history
5 of the best Pembrokeshire museums
Pembrokeshire has a long and colourful history which has been brought to life through our museums.
Exhibiting diverse objects from Victorian life, recounting tales from the Mabinogion and explaining Pembrokeshire’s connection to whaling! Who knows what else you’ll discover as you delve into Pembrokeshire’s past.
Turn back the clock to the Victorian era and discover Scolton Manor; a delightful all-weather attraction set in 60 acres of park and woodland at the heart of Pembrokeshire.
Experience old country life ‘above and below’ stairs over three floors of the manor house. Displaying hundreds and hundreds of objects, the house tells the story of the Higgon family and a Pembrokeshire country estate.
There’s also plenty to see outdoors at the site, where you can dig into history and see for yourself the restoration of the walled garden as it’s brought back to life. Check out the Pembrokeshire Beekeeping Centre in the stables and, if you dare, discover the Myths & Legends Trail; you’ll never know who you’ll meet along the way.
And while there is always a buzz in the air, don’t forget to take time out for tea and relax in the timeless tranquillity of Scolton Manor; the place where the past meets the present.
Tenby Museum and Art Gallery
Tenby Museum and Art Gallery tells the unique story of Tenby and was recently described by a visitor as “a museum for all ages.” Its contemporary bilingual galleries include prehistory collections from the Precambrian through to the Romano-British period, maritime and social history and feature many interactive displays for families.
Its two art galleries exhibit works by Augustus and Gwen John and other nationally important artists including Kyffin Williams, David Jones, John Piper, Meirion Jones and Mark Raggett and the galleries also include regularly changing selling art shows.
There is also a gift shop and all admission tickets are valid for one year after purchase. The museum is fully accredited under Arts Council England and is also VAQAS Accredited. It is a family-friendly museum with something of interest for everyone.
Haverfordwest Town Museum
The 900-year history of Haverfordwest is on display at the Haverfordwest Town Museum.
Located in the old prison governor’s house in the heart of the medieval castle a fascinating variety of artefacts, paintings, uniforms and photographs reflect all aspects of one of Wales’ most historic towns. The history of the once-bustling port, religious, civic and sporting life are well covered in displays.
The museum has an enhanced archaeological display for 2017 and a new exhibition of paintings by the VC Gallery of Haverfordwest, a local charity that works with ex-service personnel.
Narberth has a long and interesting history. This story is told through the use of historic artefacts, scale models, interpretive panels and interactive activities.
Mentioned in the Mabinogion as the location of the court of Pwyll Prince of Dyfed.
A scale model of the castle will help you visualize what once stood on the site of Narberth castle that today lies in ruin. An interactive game illustrates the tactics used in medieval siege warfare.
Narberth’s fortunes were greatly improved with the coming of the railway in 1866. A working scale model of the station is set up with trains running to an original timetable.
Walk the streets of turn-of-the-century Narberth and take a look at some of the shops that were around at the time.
One of the most popular areas of the museum for young families is our Mabinogion woodland glade. As well as explaining the story of the Mabinogion through interpretive panels it includes a storytelling chair where children can listen to welsh folk stories in English and Welsh.
The Museum is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Milford Haven. Designed by Swansea architect, Jernigan, it was built in 1797 for the storage of whale oil awaiting transhipment for sale in London.
Milford Haven has been connected with a number of industries – fishing, Quaker whaling from the 1790s, which led to the whale oil industry and more recently the modern oil industry.
It has also played an important role during the two World Wars when it was a convoy assembly point for mine-sweeping.
To uncover more of Pembrokeshire’s history, Take the Tour: Legendary North Pembrokeshire to learn of our prehistoric past, our famous myths, legends and saints and Britain’s smallest city, St Davids.