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Address: Baldwin's Crescent | Crymlyn Burrows, Swansea SA1 8PT, Wales
Phone Number: +44 1792 458864
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Description: **Sorry we are only open during APRIL 15 by Appointment due to the large...
**Sorry we are only open during APRIL 15 by Appointment due to the large number of schools and other groups visiting us. This includes weekends up to the 26th April** The new access road as part of the Coed D'Arcy urban village has been completed. A big thank you to all our visitors for their patience in putting up with the building works, dust and disruption. Work will soon start on our new visitor centre, shop and reception but we will be open for business as normal every day. Please check our website or answer machine before travelling just in case we very rarely have to close early. Visitors are encouraged to pick up and handle items and take photographs. The museum is constantly evolving and in response to visitor demand we built a small walk through indoor trench and dugout to commemorate the sacrifices of the Great War 1914-18. The main indoor street scene continues to display life during the Second World War, as you walk past an RAF Operations Room, through an air raid Shelter and into our 1940s street. Play the piano in the Three Lamps Pub then have a Camp coffee or Spam sandwich in our gift shop, where we sell replica Ration books, identity cards and wartime recipe books. Just 2 minutes from Jnc 42 of the M4 we are open all year but please note that on some Winter weekends we may close to work on new displays and exhibitions as we have school groups visiting every weekday. Disabled facilities. Onsite parking. Admission charge applies.
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Tucked away north of one of the main arteries into Swansea in an old industrial area, it is hardly of salubrious appearance but worth a visit for those of us born near to that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Bedfordshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I don't know how they can charge nearly £6 each plus kids. Very few relics, dusty, black mould on pictures - looks like it was put together thirty years ago and has not been touched since. In and out in fifteen minutes and wished we'd never bothered.

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John T, Owner at 1940s Swansea Bay, responded to this review

After a very busy winter season with a school visiting us almost every day, we finished Spring Bank Holiday with three days of living history displays. Many visitors had a chance between 22-25th May to fire a black powder musket and look at an authentic camp site as it would have been in the 1860s when many people from Wales... More 

Neath, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
24 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

It is some time since our visit but we found it very interesting and it is a place that children would enjoy. There are refreshments available.

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Llanharan, Wales
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20 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Tucked away north of one of the main arteries into Swansea in an old industrial area, it is hardly of salubrious appearance but worth a visit for those of us born near to that time and younger ones for whom it is real history. It ties in Swansea's grim experiences with the general war time scenarios and has a colourful... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I last went here 16 years ago, from memory and numerous visits from periodically living in the area its a good museum with lots of history on Swansea. A few tourist shops a cafes nearby. Something i's suggest for a tourist, or a student living within reach of the university. There was an excellent view of the bay before the... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My cousin's son had to complete a project on the blitz in Swansea for his homework over Christmas. What better place to visit than the 1940s museum. Because it was early December and quite early in the morning there was no-one else there so we had the place to ourselves. But there was no sign of the café being open!

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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19 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Visited with my father and sister and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Dad reminisced and we recognised items we remembered from childhood visits to elderly relatives. I think the museum will benefit from the new entrance and café that is planned, and maybe they could also make more use of the exhibits / space outside. We wandered around at our... More 

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Clyffe Pypard, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This museum could be so much better than it is. On arrival the reception area was very poor with cheap tables and chairs and the whole area was not at all welcoming. The girl on the reception was extremely welcoming though and gave us hope! However, the first area on the inside was extremely amateurish with spelling mistakes in many... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Not in the best location just outside Swansea but well worth the visit, basically it's a series of rooms with different themes relating to WW1 with a heavy influence of Swansea during the war, themes range from sitting rooms, pubs, air raid shelters and many more. There is also a visual of the war years and plenty of opportunities to... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

Small but we'll formed. Dedicated staff, personal welcome and very nostalgic. We passed a very entertaining wet afternoon there.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We came here for an educational visit as I home schooled my daughter and we arrived with a group of parents and children and were made to feel welcome straight away. The place is quite fascinating I found and I particularly love the 'pub' area and the 'shops' which are of course not 'real' but as props in the 1940s... More 

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