Abergavenny Museum and the Castle grounds are now open every day except Wednesday, 11am – 4pm, see more details here - Monmouthshire Museums
Opening Times For current opening times please see the website.
The Museum is in the grounds of the Castle where you can explore the ruins and read the information panels or have a picnic. Entry is free, except for some special events. There is a small shop with a good selection of books and gifts.
Explorer packs are available for children and the ice creams are wonderful!
Exhibitions are changed regularly and benefit from a "listening post" and a screen to show exhibition related images, both funded by the Society. There are picnic tables scattered around the Castle grounds, some near the willow structures, so provide the perfect place for a picnic.
Friends of Abergavenny Museum committee saved the crumbling Regency 'Castle House' on the site of the Norman keep from demolition. They raised funds to create the first Abergavenny Museum in 1959. The committee went on to found the Abergavenny Local History Society.
The museum was handed over to the Abergavenny Council in 1971 - commemorated in the Jackson plaque alongside the path leading to the museum. The chairman of the committee was Alfred Jackson while his brother Ernest, was the secretary. Duggan Thacker was the skilled curator of the museum.
On display are remains excavated from the area and items donated by local benefactors, illustrating many different eras. Recreations of a Victorian Welsh farmhouse kitchen, a saddler's workshop and Basil Jones's grocery shop remind people of the more recent past. A spooky air raid shelter enables children to re-create some of the atmosphere of the Second World War. Other activities for children are available (see below) and have recently been improved with grant aid including one from the Abergavenny Local History Society.
Current and Imminent Events
Some activities for children at the Museum
Get involved with our archaeology activity station in the Keep Gallery. This sits alongside our new archaeology displays and includes Roman and Tudor games, jigsaw puzzles, storytelling, crafts, word searches, recipes to take-away, object handling and puppets. Dress up as a Roman, a Tudor or a Victorian. Experience what it would have been like in an air raid shelter, find out about World War II. Explore life in the Victorian Farmhouse Kitchen – find out about mystery items, look closer at replica objects, try on costume. Listen to people talking about Basil Jones's Shop
Explore the castle grounds with our backpacks (you will be asked to leave your credit card, car key, or mobile phone as a deposit). Look more closely at our Natural History, discover wildlife, fill in our colouring sheets, get a booklet about the wildlife in the Castle, follow the dragon trail.
Events and Exhibitions Currently showing at the Museum: Brilliant Bronze Age
As well as learning about the Bronze Age you can see important hoards discovered locally. Find out how a group of students and volunteers were involved in the project and the making of this exhibition.
See the new displays in the Keep Gallery - Lady Llanover, Father Ignatius and Whiskey the Turnspit Dog.
Courses running at the Museum currently: Art History with two new two hour sessions, one on Albretch Durer, the other on Constable. Contact Monmouthshire Museums for details and to enrole.
You can join the Museum Volunteers and receive a regular newsletter and notices of special events.
Weekly sponsorships for the floodlighting at Abergavenny Castle will be available here in the Autumn.