The new £30.8m National Waterfront Museum being built in Swansea will tell the story of Wales' industrial and maritime heritage and its role in shaping today's economy and society. The museum is designed not only to entertain and educate about what has happened in the past, but also how it bears relevance for now and the future. It will tell the story of yesterday in the context of today.
Delivery of the Project is being managed by the National Waterfront Museum Swansea, a company formed in partnership by the National Museums & Galleries of Wales (NMGW) and the City & County of Swansea (CCS) with an independent Chair, Rosemary Butler AM. The Museum will showcase exhibits from both Partners' collections.
The new building, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects (Stirling Prize for Architecture Award winners for the Millennium Bridge at Gateshead) will incorporate much of the Grade II listed warehouse, former home of the Swansea Maritime & Industrial Museum. A waterfront terrace overlooking the collection of historic ships will be added to its dockside frontage with a glazed linkage to a series of new two-storey galleries clad in glass and slate.
The Museum is due to open to visitor in 2005