Pontypool Museum

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Pontypool Museum
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Neil H
Mountain Ash, UK4 contributions
An Enjoyable Mixed Bag
Sep 2021
Comprehensive coverage of the Japanning and tinplate industries, a totally inscrutable schematic of man-made fibre production by a now defunct factory, a few impressive fossils alongside a helpful geological cross-section of the Torfaen area; a whole dining room from the home of local gentry; a large gallery of mostly indifferent paintings and photographs of local scenes; a very interesting collection of musical instruments from all over the world; a room devoted to the local rugby tradition; a preserved horse-drawn fire engine (minus the horse); and a smattering of ornamental relics from the heyday of industry. Various hands-on activities for children throughout.
Written September 16, 2021
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Eunice G
Pontypool, UK5 contributions
Museum
Jul 2019
Although not a large museum it gives a very good insight to the history and industry of the area. It also hosts some good exhibitions. My grandsons loved it when they were younger. It has a small cafe for tea and biscuits. Good entertainment for little cost.
Written October 10, 2019
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STORK1000
Bristol, UK18 contributions
Interesting museum near the town centre.
Aug 2019 • Couples
A good selection of items on display, focusing on the industrial history of the area. Very reasonable £4 entrance fee per person.
Written August 25, 2019
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Jodie G
10 contributions
Amazed, fantastic.
Jun 2018 • Family
Took my girls to the museum after nursery, and it was great! So much to see and do, girls loved every minute of it, they didn't want to leave. Had no idea that there was so much there, can't believe I'd never been before. The Gaming part was incredible, best exhibition I've ever seen. There's something for everyone here, considering we're 24, 3 & 18months and all had so much fun. Definitely going again soon, as 1.5hrs was nowhere near long enough to truly appreciate everything they have there. Cute little cafe for drink&snack too and a lovely little gift shop. £4 for adults and children go free,great price considering you could spend the whole day there! Amazing, easily best place to go in pontypool !
Written June 20, 2018
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Katy P
7 contributions
Retro Video Games
Apr 2018 • Family
Went to the museum today to see the retro video game exhibition as my partner is a total nerd! It was amazing! The museum was much bigger than expected and had lovely displays. My partner, daughter and nephews were in the video game exhibit for hours while I was able to wander and look elsewhere. I stopped off at the cafe at the end, by myself, and enjoyed a coffee.
Written April 7, 2018
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Boucher63
Pontypool, UK49 contributions
A step back in time
Jun 2017 • Family
I took my daughter in law who is American and she loved it and I loved explaining what some of the objects were. It was better than I expected for such a small space with plenty of items packed in it.
The cafe was lovely as well, lots of cute China and local cakes.
Written February 4, 2018
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Barbara L
Cardiff, UK13 contributions
You should be proud of yourselves- excellent for a small local and volunteer museum
Feb 2018 • Solo
The Pontyware bit was new to me and really interesting. I would like to see something about working class localism and their unity, maybe through Trades Unions or churches?Well done Trustees and particularly the day to day volunteers.
Written February 2, 2018
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welsh girl
Newport, UK110 contributions
Exceeded our expectations
Aug 2017 • Family
We had planned to visit here on the way to a return trip to nearby Big Pit. We were not certain how long it would take to visit here, as some museums can be on the smaller side and could be visited entirely in an hour at most. We were pleasantly surprised by what we found inside. As three adults entry cost us £5 for a family ticket, extremely reasonable and we assume that this would also contribute to the upkeep of the museum (?) So more than happy to pay this. In the end we did not bother to visit Big Pit, we did arrive just after noon and by the time we had seen almost everything it was close to three o'clock. That's not to say that it's not possible to combine the two but personally we decided not to on this occasion. There's a wealth of information about the history of Pontypool and surrounding areas, in fact towards the end of our visit I was starting to feel that I couldn't absorb any more information, but that's not a criticism, more an indication of the amount of interesting information available. If you like museums and learning about local history then you should certainly consider a visit. We didn't have any refreshments as we'd brought our own. The toilets were very clean and well maintained. I have a particular interest in the iron industry for personal reasons but there's a lot more to see than that. You could easily spend an afternoon or morning here. As other reviews have stated it is next to a school, so likely to be heavy traffic around the start and end of a school day, but we visited during the school holidays.
Written August 3, 2017
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booming
Swindon108 contributions
Great small museum
Jul 2017 • Family
Very good museum with lots of local interest. Has a good exhibit on Pontypool Japan ware which I had heard of but knew nothing about before.
There is a cafe and a picture gallery. Many of the exhibits would appeal to schoolchildren
Written July 25, 2017
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Karen J
6 contributions
Intetesting
May 2017 • Friends
Lovely little museum with interesting local history. But don't expect anything spectacular. Well laid out and easy to get to.
Written May 24, 2017
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