Museums & Galleries in North Wales
In a nutshell. Art and antiquity, war and wool.
Okay, we admit that it sometimes rains here. Not that you need the excuse of wet weather to enjoy our museums and galleries. They’re a varied bunch. Let’s start at MOSTYN, Wales’s leading contemporary art gallery. It has gone from strength to strength since its expansion a few years ago when old and new buildings were integrated by stunning architecture that’s a work of art in itself. Llandudno Museum follows a more traditional route, with exhibitions and displays on everything from prehistory to Llandudno at war and play. The Home Front Experience, a separate museum, concentrates exclusively on civilian life in Britain during World War Two, with period shops, room displays and tableaux.
For more art, go to Conwy’s Royal Cambrian Academy. Housed in an imaginatively renovated chapel, it’s dedicated to artists living and working in Wales. Conwy’s Tourist Information Centre is a must, not just for the local lowdown but for the Princes of Gwynedd Exhibition that tells the tale of Wales’s native medieval rulers.
Industrial heritage is the theme at Penmaenmawr Museum – ‘industrial’ not just in the sense of its 19th-century quarrying but also encompassing Penmaenmawr’s amazing prehistoric axe ‘factory’.
It’s wrong to call Trefriw Woollen Mills a museum piece, for 150 years on it’s still going strong. But it does acknowledge its past at its Mill Museum, open to the public like the rest of this fascinating rural enterprise.
There are more insights into rural life at the Sir Henry Jones Museum in Llangernyw on Mynydd Hiraethog. It’s dedicated to a brilliant 19th-century philosopher and educationalist who never forgot his home village or humble beginnings.