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“A modern day museum for all ages”

National Waterfront Museum
Ranked #14 of 120 things to do in Swansea
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
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Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Oslo, Norway
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A modern day museum for all ages”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

As you walk through the doors, you are met with several instalations bound to spike the excitement levels (see attached picture).

Growing up in the 90s, I become the generation who witnessed the rebirth of many museums, from analog to digital. I used to hate museum that only offered a beige piece of cardboard with some text and maybe black and white photo. Being dragged around by the teacher or family, trying to force out some excitement for a rock found in the backyard of Charles Dickens assistants third cousin, on the mothers side.

Then all of a sudden technology hit the museums. Now it was cool to go there. It was interactive. You could touch stuff! You've all been there. When a child want to "look at something", he/she will mostly likely touch it and lift it up to "just look at it". Today's museums allows just that, to see with your hands.

National Waterfront is no exception. With interactive touchscreens and loads of film, you are submerges into a world of engineering history and brilliance. This museum is suited for all ages. From the energetic 10-year old to the 80-year old grandpa who just woke from his nap.

And best of all; it's free! So make sure to visit here!

Visited May 2013
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HeadofMuseum, General Manager at National Waterfront Museum, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Thank you very much for your kind words. You have managed to capture perfectly the dynamic nature of the National Waterfront Museum and the exciting way in which its interactive exhibits explain the human history of Welsh industry and innovation.
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UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A Night At The Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

Myself, my husband and nephew visited the National Waterfront Museum on Halloween night. I must say it was a brilliant way to spend our evening. For a total cost of £2:00 each, We watched Monsters INC in 3D, there were trails and also workshops for children. We were very impressed. Children had a chance to dress up in their Halloween outfits and everyone seemed to enjoy. We had 1 hour 3/4 of workshops and trails then watched the film. It was very well run by the staff, and they were very helpful and informative.
Will definately return.

Visited November 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
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“Entertainment on a rainy day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

Free entry in to this spacious building. Fantastic views, from an out door balcony, of the marina and old ships moored next to the museum. Large car park and easy access. Well worth an hour or two if you are in Swansea.

Visited October 2013
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Hedge End, United Kingdom
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“Informative”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

Nice museum covering a couple of floors based in Swansea Marina. Some informative exhibits and great views over the marina itself.

Visited October 2013
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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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“very spacious”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

This museum is roomy light and easy to get round. The old photos were very interesting and seeing a way of life not so long ago, the views of people queuing to pawn good to put food on the table was telling how grim life was. It makes you glad we live in prescent times . The museum was good especialy the part on Welsh sporting heros. Do not think children would find this place very gripping.

Visited October 2013
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