history museums in North Wales
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North Wales Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in North Wales...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

North Wales Museums and Galleries

blank tabLLANGOLLEN MOTOR MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Pentrefelin, Llangollen, Clwyd, LL20 8EE
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Take a trip down memory lane.

See the cars and motorbikes that Grandad used to drive and the tools he used.

Remember double declutching and portable gramophones?

History is fun at Llangollen Motor Museum.

There are also spares for older cars, a shop and ample parking.

Open: All Year – Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon 9.30am – 5pm

Admission cost:- Adults £5, Senior Citizens £4, Accompanied Children Free.
Tel: 01978 860324
E-mail: info@llangollenmotormuseum.co.uk
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blank tabCONWY VALLEY RAILWAY MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Old Goods Yard, Betws-Y-Coed, Gwynedd, LL24 0AL

Located adjacent to the British Rail station Conwy Valley Railway Museum is a must for all that enjoy trains! Displays of railways with particular emphasis on North Wales. Includes train rides on a narrow gauge steam railway, tram rides on 1/3 size electric tram, a museum with working models. There is a small lake, over which the train crosses. We are currently up-dating the station.
Tel: 01690 710568
E-mail: info@conwyrailwaymuseum.co.uk
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blank tabNATIONAL SLATE MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Llanberis, Gwynedd, LL55 4TY
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On the beautiful flanks of Snowdon, visitors can travel into the past of an industry that has chiselled itself into the very being of this country.

Today the former Dinorwic Quarry workshops, designed as though quarrymen have just put down their tools and left the courtyard for home, tell the story of the Welsh slate industry.

See an array of talks and demonstrations including slate splitting and hear the gripping story of slate.

The Fron Haul row of quarrymen's houses recapture significant periods from the slate industry - strikes and suffering, craftsmanship and community: all the drama of real people's lives.
Tel: 01286 870630See our website

blank tabGWYNEDD MUSEUM & ART GALLERYMuseums & Galleries
Ffordd Gwynedd, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 1DT

"The aim of Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery is to contribute towards the understanding of the history and culture of Gwynedd and its people by collecting, caring for and by providing access to its collections so that everyone can share its rich heritage." This is Gwynedd's only general museum. Learning about the ways of life led by previous generations helps us to place our own experiences in the context of an unfolding story. This understanding enriches our lives. You'll find something of interest in our Gallery too. Its varied programme of temporary exhibitions includes paintings photography and sculpture. Browse around the museum shop with its variety of quality craftwork... if you're looking for a special gift you won't be disappointed. Free admission.
Tel: 01248 353368
E-mail: gwyneddmuseum@gwynedd.gov.uk
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blank tabROYAL WELCH FUSILIERS MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
The Castle, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 2AY

One of the best 50 small museums in the country (The Independent). The admission charge for the Museum is included in the price of admission to Caernarfon Castle. The Museum is located within The Castle at Caernarfon in North Wales. The closest rail station is Bangor (Gwynedd) and the closest airport is Manchester. The car park is adjacent to the Castle. Other attractions close to the Museum include Conwy, Harlech and Beaumaris Castles; Plas Mawr (Elizabethan town house); Llanberis Slate Museum; Electric Mountain; and Snowdonia National Park.
Tel: 01286 673362    Fax: 01286 677042
E-mail: rwfmuseum1@btconnect.com
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Alison Bradley Gallery

Betws-y-Coed, LL24 0AB
Tel: 01690 710080     E-mail: enquiries@alisonsgallery.co.uk

The full range of work by the artist Alison Bradley.

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Great Orme Mines Ltd

Pyllau Farm, Pyllau Road, Llandudno, Gwynedd, LL30 2XG
Tel/Fax: 01492 870447    E-mail: gomines@greatorme.freeserve.co.uk

Great Orme Mines are situated within the picturesque surroundings of the Great Orme Country Park. There is easy access from the A55 via the A470. The Great Orme is only one and a half hours drive from Liverpool or Manchester, making it an ideal venue for a day trip from the North West.

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The Home Front Experience

New Street (behind church, off Chapel St.), Llandudno LL30 2YF
Tel: 01492 871032

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Llandudno Museum

17-19 Gloddaeth Street, Llandudno, Gwynedd, LL30 2DD
Tel: 01492 876517     Fax: 01492 876517

The history of Llandudno from pre-history to the present century, plus a selection from the diverse collection of fine arts owned by Mr F E Chardon.

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Minera Lead Mines

Minera, Wrexham, Clwyd, LL11 3DA
Tel: 01978 753400

Lead Mining has taken place at Minera since at least Medieval times. Remains of later 18th and 19th Century lead a processing areas, a beam house, winding engine and boiler houses have been excavated and restored and are on view. Working machinery has been installed and visitors can have a hands-on experience panning for lead.

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Porthmadog Maritime Museum

Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9LU
: 01766 513736

Ship models, pictures, documents, tools & other equipment show the importance of local shipbuilding, and the export of slate in the fine Porthmadog topsail schooners during 18th - 19th Century. Housed in one of the old slate sheds. BA: Edu, GV. Archives at Caernarfon.

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Ruthin Craft Centre

Park Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 1BB   
: 01824 704774

Three galleries, three artist studios, retail gallery, education and residency workshops, tourist information gateway and café with courtyard terrace. Admission free. Free on-site parking.

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