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Review of Pontypool Museum

Pontypool Museum
Ranked #4 of 15 things to do in Pontypool
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Really wanted to examine some old very local maps, but the volunteer staff for the library only come in two days a week. There's a dinosaur exhibit for the summer holidays,a display of art and fabrics by the widow of the local MP Leo Abse and videos,photographs and artefacts from Pontypool's significant industrial past. £2 for us oldies to get in, friendly helpful staff

Thank taff515
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

this is a great little tea room with a vintage theme. it sells home made cakes and scones with jam and cream

1  Thank mary m
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

I took my two sons here recently and we were pleasantly surprised. Firstly, because we had Torfaen Library cards we all got in free. Secondly, I was expecting 3 or 4 rooms, a gift shop and an exit.

How wrong I was! First of all the gift shop is in reception and it's very good. It also gets the gift shop nagging out of the way when you take kids round. Secondly, there are loads of rooms to see and explore. This place is like a Tardis. Not many people know about it or go there, but they really should, and the Museum should big itself up more too with more publicity!


There must have been around a dozen rooms, many of which involved multi media: films of bygone days, blackboards and chalks to design your own Japanware, info sheets and quizzes for kids, and even a huge boardroom table laid out with paper and coloured pencils for visitors to just sit and draw. They also have a toy corner with traditional toys that children are encouraged to handle and play with. My sons loved the bongo drums, triangle, tambourine, puppet theatre and puppets.

The displays include some magnificent furniture owned by the Hanbury family, oil paintings that reach the ceiling, original Japanware, photos of old Pontypool when it was bustling and in demand, old fashioned antique toys and musical instruments, history of the area's development, and displays on well known local figures, not to mention the Pontypool Front Row!

Pontypool is sadly in decline now, but this Museum will make you see it in a different light. Plus it's right next to the Park Entrance- a trip to a Museum combined with a visit to 200 acres of parkland can't be a bad day out in anyone's book.

My one complaint would be that it's only open from 2pm to 5pm on Saturdays. I think it should be open earlier. In the week its open from 10am until 5pm. Much better to open all day on a non school day.

3  Thank TheWanderingWoman
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Visited for the first time last week. Lots of interesting things to look at in an easy accessible format. Not at all stuffy or offputting. Worth a visit.

Thank Annette W
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

Visited Pontypool Museum for the first time. What a gem! The collections are wonderful and extremely nostalgic. I was particularly impressed by the hands on activities, there was a nice balance between traditional displays and these interactive exhibits. I like the fact that any interactives in use do not take over, allowing you to focus on the objects themselves. The cafe is full of special treats with a wide range of coffee choices available. The shop has something for everybody. Staff were friendly and happy. Well worth a visit!

Thank Rachel S
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