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.
Augustus John was born in Tenby in 1878. In 1894 he entered the Slade School of Fine Art and was an outstanding pupil of his generation. Throughout his life he accomplished numerous portraits of the famous including Dylan Thomas and T.E Lawrence (of Arabia). Augustus John died in 1961.