Newport Museum and Art Gallery

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ADDRESS: Newport Museum and Art Gallery
John Frost Square
South Wales
TELEPHONE: (01633) 656656
Newport Museum and Art Gallery
Since 1888 Newport Museum and Art Gallery has been collecting evidence of Newport’s history, culture and environment.


The archaeology collections span over 100 years of collecting and represent thousands of years of human activity in and around Newport. The oldest objects date to the Prehistoric periods before people could write and include artefacts made by hunter-gatherers; the first farmers and first metal-workers. The story of Roman Southeast Wales is told through stunning collections of artefacts showing aspects of both military and civilian life. The Medieval collections feature Viking and Norman artefacts and including finds from important castles, abbeys and priories.

Natural History

The point on the world which is now Newport began many millions of years ago and has moved gradually from just below the equator to the north west edge of Europe. This geological story is told through fossils, rocks and minerals. The weather helped to carve the landscape as we know it today and the Weather Centre describes the natural forces involved. Humans have learned to live in the landscape by building homes but nature has moved in too. The Wildlife in the Home display illustrates the animals who share our homes.

Find out more about the Museum’s Natural History collections.

Social History

The Social History collection in the museum is made up of 20,700 objects reflecting the everyday lives of ordinary people in Newport and the surrounding areas over the last 200 years. This includes some fascinating objects and stories and it is the most varied collection within the museum.

Themes covered by the collections range from domestic and personal life, education, religion and politics to local industrial developments and agriculture and include objects as varied as tools, vacuum cleaners, mangles, washing machines, household equipment to wartime artefacts, photographs and costume.

The most significant collections within social history are the Transporter Bridge archive, which includes all the original designs for the bridge and photographs of its entire construction and the Chartist collection; weapons, broadsheets, silver and prints from the 1839 Chartist protest in Newport.

Most of the collection was donated by the people of Newport and tells their stories through their eyes.


Education has always been a very important aspect of the Museum, Newport being one of the first museums in the country with an organised schools service. Our education experience is for all ages; to see the range of activities we offer visit our creative learning pages.

Our Community

People from all over the world have settled here in Newport and contribute to our culture. Many have been here for several generations. Their experiences are largely absent from our history and we want to record the important contribution made by them to the City’s heritage. Please go to the Community Memories pages to see the range of activities relating to this project.

Opening hours

Monday - Thursday

9.30am – 5.00pm


9.30am – 4.30pm


9.30am – 4.00pm

Closed on Sundays and bank holidays.

  • Admission free;
  • Drinks and snacks from vending machines
  • Shop with a range of heritage related items for sale
  • Tourist Information Centre
  • Lifts to 1st and 3rd floors; access to 2nd floor by arrangement
  • Toilets for the disabled
  • Nappy changing facilities
  • Wheelchair/scooter charger available to use at Newport Central Library. Ask reception for details

Newport Museum & Art Gallery

John Frost Square
South Wales
NP20 1PA
(01633) 656656