Set in a Georgian stable block, Pontypool Museum is an Accredited Museum managed by Torfaen Museum Trust. The Trust have been safeguarding and collecting art, historical objects and cultural artefacts on behalf of the borough since 1978.
There are over 15,000 items on view from our collections ranging from prehistoric objects and medieval treasure troves, to industrial revolution collections, and fine & decorative art including the famous Pontypool Japanware.
With seasonal exhibits, exclusive art events, an extensive library specialized in local content plus our world famous collections of Pontypool Japanware; Torfaen Museum Trust is looking after the Eastern Valley’s history for future generations.
The Oriel Barker Gallery has a fantastic reputation for its fine art exhibitions, sculptural and ceramic displays plus you can view contemporary art shows in our Museum Tearoom. Other facilities include room hire for conference/training sessions and community group use, together with a programme of workshops for schools and adult learning.
Every year, 35,000 visitors enjoy the unique collections curated by Torfaen Museum Trust at Pontypool Museum and there is always something of interest on display for everyone.
Inside the Museum
Throughout the year the museum organises exhibitions and events so that there is always something new to see and enjoy. Come and have a cup of tea and view the current display of Cafe Art, take a stroll through the Oriel Baker Gallery and see amazing paintings and pictures covering centuries of local history. Click on the title and see what’s happening this week!
The Japanning industry was one of Pontypool’s most outstanding eighteenth century achievements and many famous painters started their careers by working with local Japanware manufacturers. To this day, the beauty of Japanware and the precision and artistry with which it was made is still evident. Pontypool Museum displays a range of Japanned items from its own and the National collections.
British Nylon Spinners
The Story of Torfaen
This permanent collection reveals the rich and unique history of the Borough from Llantarnam in the south to Blaenavon in the north and features prehistoric objects and medieval treasure troves, to industrial revolution items and cultural artefacts. This collection tells the story of how events have helped to shape the valley, the landscape and its people.
Museum Tearoom and Café Art
The perfect refreshment after a trip around the museum is a cup of tea or coffee with a slice of cake available in our Tearoom. The Tearoom is also host to contemporary art shows know as Café Art.
Please call in for tea or coffee, warming hot chocolate in the winter or refreshingly cold drink in the summer and enjoy the art on display.
Also new in 2015 – we started to collect and were donated vintage china – these are now for sale in our China Bazaar in the museum Tearoom (we stress not items from our collections!). There are now some lovely teasets, dishes, plates, jugs, souvenir china, vases and ornaments for sale at very cheap prices – to grace your home or give as gifts. Equally, please feel free to donate!
Also for sale are secondhand (donated) books, CDs & DVDs. Come and browse!