There are five fine museums in Monmouthshire – listed below in alphabetical order:
The Museum is set in the grounds of a ruined Norman Castle; Abergavenny Castle. Visitors can enjoy a picnic in the grounds during the Summer, and a brisk walk on colder days. This museum recreates the story of Abergavenny from prehistoric times to the present day. Displays include a Victorian Welsh farmhouse kitchen and a saddler’s workshop.Generally open: 11.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 17.00 from Monday to Saturday, 14.00 to 17.00 on Sunday. Closing at 16.00 and all day Sunday from November to February inclusive
Cost: Free admission for all (charges apply at some special events).
Tel: 01873 736 004
Chepstow MuseumOpposite the Castle in Bridge Street.
The Museum is just across the road from Chepstow Castle in an elegant 18th century house built by a prosperous Chepstow merchant family. Chepstow Museum reveals the rich and varied past of this ancient town, once an important port and market centre. The wine trade, shipbuilding and salmon fishing are among Chepstow’s many industries featured in displays with atmospheric settings. Photographs, programmes and posters recall the pastimes of local people, whilst 18th and 19th century paintings and prints illustrate the everlasting appeal of Chepstow and the Wye Valley to artists and tourists alike.Generally open: 11.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 17.00 from Monday to Saturday, 14.00 to 17.00 on Sunday. Extended hours from July to September – 10:30 to 17.30 from Monday to Saturday.
Tel: 01291-625 981
Monmouth/The Nelson MuseumThe Old Market Hall – a short distance from Agincourt Square
Nelson was born in Norfolk and died at sea, yet Monmouth houses a magnificent collection of artifacts associated with Admiral Horatio Nelson. The Nelson collection was a bequest to the town of Monmouth upon the death of Lady Georgiana Llangattock in 1923. Lady Llangattock was the mother of Charles Rolls and amassed the collection of Nelson memorabilia during the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The exhibition depicts the life of Nelson (who fought and won the battle of Trafalgar in 1805) retelling his life, loves and death. There are fascinating displays of weapons, letters and fine ceramics, as well as models that help bring the whole story to life. The museum also features the exploits of Charles Rolls, co-founder of Rolls-Royce.Generally open: 10 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 17.00 from Monday to Saturday, 14.00 to 17.00 on Sunday.
Tel: 01600-713 519
Monmouth Regimental MuseumLocated on Castle Hill, Monmouth where the Museum is housed in a wing of Great Castle House
This small volunteer-run museum (with free admission) tells the story of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia). From a muster in 1539 it endured sieges in the Civil War and evolved to become a Reserve Engineer Regiment in 1877; a role it served in the wars of the 20th century. The artifacts on display cover the Militia System, the importance of the Dukes of Beaufort, and the present day status as Senior Regiment of the Reserve Army.Generally open: 14.00 to 17.00 daily from 1st April to 31st October (and over Easter if early). Tel: 01600 772 175
Usk Rural Life MuseumThe Malt Barn, New Market Street, Usk
The Usk Rural Life Museum – which is run by volunteers – portrays the life of the Welsh people from the 1850s up until the Second World War. The exhibits include many incredible displays of equipment and machinery from the era having been collected over the years by local enthusiasts. The objective being to preserve something of the life and work of country people in the Welsh Borders over the past century and a half.Generally open: 10.30 to 17.00 (last admission 16.30) on Tuesday to Saturday from 3rd April to 31st October inclusive.
Cost: Adults £3.00, Concessions £2.00 and 12 to 17 yrs £1.00.
Tel: 01291 673 777