Powysland Museum

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Powysland museum illustrates the archaeology and social history of Montgomeryshire from the earliest prehistoric settlers to the 20th century. It’s housed in a renovated and restored warehouse beside the Montgomery Canal.

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Powysland Museum in Welshpool was established by a local history society, the Powysland Club, in 1874 and housed in the first purpose-built museum in Wales. In 1974 the running of the Museum was taken over by the Powys County Council but, by then, it was obvious that the building was no longer suitable as a museum; in 1990, the collections were moved to an old warehouse by the Montgomeryshire Canal, which had been carefully restored and refurbished to house a modern museum.

The Museum collections cover the archaeology and social history of the old county of Montgomeryshire and the three permanent galleries reflect these areas.  The Museum's fourth gallery is reserved for temporary exhibitions. The Museum has an active, temporary exhibition programme with displays on a wide variety of topics.

Powysland Museum appeals to all ages and all types of people. We look forward to welcoming you.

June - August

Day Time
Weekdays 10.30am-1pm & 2-5pm
Saturday 10.30am – 3pm
Sunday closed



September - May

Day Time
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 11am-1pm & 2-5pm
Saturday 11am – 2pm
Wednesday & Sunday closed

Adults: £1.00

Concessions: £0.50

Children and Residents in Powys free.

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The Museum collections, which were started by the Powysland Club in the 19th century, cover the archaeology and social history of Montgomeryshire. The displays in the first gallery on the ground floor depict the Montgomeryshire Canal, the Cambrian Railways and the Welshpool to Llanfair Light Railway as well as the agricultural heritage of the county.

The Museum’s archaeological collections are housed on the first floor. The exhibition starts with an introduction to the Powysland Club and the Museum collections, followed by a chronological display from the Stone Age, through the Bronze and Iron Ages, to the Romans. 

In the Social History Gallery, also on the first floor, the collection is divided into themes and the exhibition includes displays on coopering; the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry; French prisoners of war during the Napoleonic Wars; the Victorian household, Friendly Societies and Law and Order and the two World Wars.



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ArtUK - It is made up of paintings from thousands of museums and other public institutions around the country.

Powysland has added images of its entire collection of 15 oil and acrylic paintings to the Your Paintings website.  Our collection contains works by C. M. Wyke, Egbert van Heemskerck the elder, G. James, Lever, M. J. Davies, Noah Frisby and W Gill.

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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.

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The Museum has an active, temporary exhibition programme with displays on a wide variety of topics.  Contact us using the details on this page for more information.

We have a regular programme of family fun activities across Powysland Museum.

  • Arts and crafts workshops suitable for most ages and abilities of children.
  • Play and dressing up activities aimed at younger children.
  • Special events from other organisations and individuals.

Booking details 

All our events are advertised locally before each school holiday and most need to be booked because of their popularity.  Contact Us for more details and charges.  

Children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult for activities inside the Museums and for walking tours all children under 16 must be accompanied.


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