Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery occupies an historical Grade 2* listed building, the old Shire Hall, at the heart of the town of Brecon. One of the finest small museums in Wales, it was first established in 1928 by the Brecknock Society.
The Museum moved from its previous home in a nearby former chapel to its current location in 1974.
Built in 1842, Brecknock Shire Hall has dominated the local area for over a hundred and seventy years. Encircled by Grade II listed iron railings, the building is one of the finest examples of early Victorian “Greek Revival” architecture in Wales. At the heart of the building lies the assize court room.
We are currently looking for volunteers.
Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery is currently closed to visitors.
While the Museum is being redeveloped, we’re still involved in the community. We’re working with other organisations, such as Brecon Library, Brecon Cathedral and Theatr Brycheiniog, to offer events, exhibitions and family activities.
Our Education Service is still available to schools on an outreach basis. While the Museum is closed, restricted access to the collections means that we can only provide a limited public enquiry service, but you can still use the Museum phone line or contact us by email.
Please note that if you want to visit, it’s essential to make an appointment first.
Brecknock Museum is currently closed to visitors.
Children and Residents in Powys free.
Local Archaeological Material. A rare early medieval log boat from Llangors Lake, a collection of early Christian monuments, many prehistoric tools and a large collection of Early Roman metalwork from the fort, Y Gaer.
Social History Collection. A large collection of agricultural tools, objects relating to Brecknockshire towns and their associated shops and crafts, traditional Welsh furniture and a collection of coins.
Natural History Specimens. We have a large collection of taxidermy specimens, bird eggs and butterflies.
Geological Collections. This is a large collection of rocks and fossils found in Brecknockshire.
Historic Art. We have a large collection of portrait paintings and busts of local historic figures; paintings, prints and drawings of the local environment and interesting old local photographs.
Modern Art. This collection includes works by important artists like Ken Elias, Josef Herman, Augustus John, John Piper, Eric Ravilious and Graham Sutherland. We also have some works associated with the artistic community at Capel-y-ffin by Eric Gill, David Jones, Reg Gammon and Edgar Holloway.
ArtUK -It is made up of paintings from thousands of museums and other public institutions around the country.
Brecknock Museum has added images of its entire collection of 115 oil and acrylic paintings to the Your Paintings website. Our collection ranges from a nineteenth century portrait of Joseph Russel Bailey (1840 – 1906) by John Collier to works by contemporary artists such as ‘Miner with Dog’ by Josef Herman.
In October 2013, staff from Brecknock Museum took the oil painting ‘Welsh Mountains’ by Welsh artist Augustus John (1878–1961) to Ysgol Rhys Prichard in Llandovery. The event was part of ‘Your Paintings: Masterpieces in Schools’, a project developed by the Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) in partnership with BBC Learning which ran throughout that month.
People's Collection Wales (PCW) is dedicated to the story of Wales and its people and is free to use. You can discover the story of Wales through contributions from people and organisations all over the country – you can even add your own!
People’s Collection Wales is an innovative approach to collecting, interpreting and discussing Wales’s cultural heritage.
We organise a range of events and activities for families and other groups throughout the year. Whilst the Museum is under redevelopment, most of these will be run in partnership with other local organisations and take place off site. Please contact us using the details on this page for information about forthcoming events and activities.
At its heart the 'Ayo Gorkhali' project is about encouraging understanding between different communities and cultures and celebrating the rich heritage that Brecon and the British Gurkhas share.
The team developing 'Ayo Gorkhali' for Brecknock Museum, some of whom are themselves children of British Gurkhas, are members of the Believe Collective, a London-based arts and media company.
This project has been sponsored by MALD