Tenby Museum & Art Gallery stands as the oldest independent museum in Wales. Established in 1878 it continues to develop its collections and displays to preserve and promote the history of the town, giving a sense of place and heritage to both the local person and the visitor.
The building stands on the location of the living quarters of Tenby’s castle. It was once the National School and the trustees acquired it in 1878. It was adapted by builder Lewis John at a cost of £44.12s.4d.
The museum is a registered charity (number 1169435). Its President is well-known broadcaster and author, Jamie Owen.
The museum has won many national awards. Among its many achievements are:
Full Accreditation – the awarding of this by Arts Council England/MALD shows that the museum is dedicated to following the highest standards laid out for museums to follow.
- Accredited Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Service (VAQAS) Attraction
- Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards 2013 Silver Award Winner Best Marketing Campaign
- Museum of the Year Award 1996: the Shoestring Award for the museum achieving he best results with limited resources.
- Tourism Training Forum for Wales National Winner 2000
- Tourism Training Forum for Wales Regional Winner 2000
- Prince of Wales Award 1993