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Address: | Baldwin's Crescent, Crymlyn Burrows, Swansea SA1 8PT, Wales
Phone Number: +44 1792 458864
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10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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**Opening hours for WINTER 2015 are WEEKDAYS from 10am with last admission...

**Opening hours for WINTER 2015 are WEEKDAYS from 10am with last admission 2pm, we are open during HALF TERM**

This is due to circumstances beyond our control.

The new access road as part of the Coed D'Arcy urban village has been completed, also road works for the new University Bay Campus. A big thank you through 2015 to our visitors for their patience.

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 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.

This Winter we are closed on Saturdays and possibly Sundays due to work on displays and exhibitions as we have school groups visiting every weekday. Please email or telephone for details.

Disabled facilities. Onsite parking. Admission charge applies.

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Great place to visit

Came here to see what it was like and it didn't disappointed . A superb museum with some really good things for the children to do. My granddaughter is learning about the second... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 23, 2015
Graben7
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Newport, South Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easily accessible yet a bit off the beaten track, a great place to explore - especially in the rain. Very interesting and educational. I visited on a couple of occasions and had a memorable and fun experience each time. I hope to return.

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

Thanks for taking the time to comment. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit, the winter is a very busy time for us with a school group in almost every day, some as many as 98 children at the same time. More 

Newport, South Wales
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015 via mobile

Came here to see what it was like and it didn't disappointed . A superb museum with some really good things for the children to do. My granddaughter is learning about the second world war and this really made her think. She never stopped talking about it for days after. A great place to educate the children about what went... More 

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Thank Graben7
John T, Manager at 1940s Swansea Bay, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing about your trip to the museum. I'm glad you enjoyed the day, we look forward to seeing you back again soon. We have a re-enactor that visits every Wednesday which brings the place to life a bit more. We will also be having some re-enacting days in the months to come so keep an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit really different being able to touch and feel everything on display, barry and the staff were really nice barrys stories in the pub made the visit

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1 Thank Jody B
John T, Owner at 1940s Swansea Bay, responded to this review

I'm glad you had such a good time at the museum, many people have said that Barry adds that 'extra something' to the visit. As one of our more enthusiastic volunteers it's such a shame that he isn't able to come in more often than Wednesdays and sometimes on Friday, although when we have a living history weekend event he... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

On Monday the 14th of September Gwyrosydd primary y6 went on a trip to the 1940s museum because our topic this term is the second world war. First we needed to get there so we went on a coach and me and my friends had a chat and told jokes it was fun. When we got there we met Eryl... More 

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1 Thank Matthew B
John T, Owner at 1940s Swansea Bay, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing about your trip to the museum. I'm glad you enjoyed the day, apart from parts of the movie, which I admit is a bit boring but does cover important parts of the history of wartime Britain that we don't cover in our talks and lessons. I hope you'll have the chance to come back... More 

Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Opening times not clear, went when I thought it was open, sign on gate confirmed it should normally be open except for a bit on the end saying "closed on occasional other days" so I guess I went on an "occasional other day"

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

Thanks for adding your comments, we're sorry you missed us but during Winter months we are very busy with schools visiting almost every day, so when there is not a group in or after they have left at 2pm we occasionally pop out to collect donations. Quite often if we don't go as soon as we're told then artefacts and... More 

Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 via mobile

Came here to escape the rain and had a fantastic time. Enthusiastic staff eager to share their knowledge and answer questions. We particularly enjoyed the stories in the pub and what life was like in an air raid shelter. We read all the reviews regarding how run down and dirty it is but felt that actually it added to the... More 

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Thank Maryclaire87
swansea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A hidden Gem! go see for yourself,well recommended.I too my sister and friend last year,what a great welcome from staff,superb!

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Thank jeffripton
Swansea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Although I have always lived in Swansea I have never visited this museum before and thought it was about time I did. It was bigger than I was expecting with lots of artefacts to look at and handle. I was disappointed that I didn't have any children with me to try on the clothes and helmets etc as I am... More 

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2 Thank Elizabeth M
John T, Owner at 1940s Swansea Bay, responded to this review

Camp coffee was available! We're updating our signage ready for the Battle of Britain / VJ Commemoration this weekend, 15th Aug 15. As you guessed we are very popular with KS2&3 in particular and have a school visiting us pretty much everyday from Sept to May, some classes are only 20 or so but some Year 6 of 90+ !... More 

Neath Port Talbot, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

A very interesting time visiting this place,really authentic feel to the whole visit,the kids were delighted,they are allowed to try on uniforms,caps.helmets,and clothes from the 40s,as well as being given a quiz to complete as they walked around various exhibits,from air raid shelters to pubs,from tins of spam to gas masks,there were even Dads Army enactors there on the day... More 

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Bedfordshire
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

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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Thank Teresa-Rodney
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 

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