Brecknock Museum
& Art GalleryBrecon
Old Shire Hall
Cnr Bulwarrk & Danygaer Sts
Powys LD3 7DS
A most beautiful piece of neo-classical architecture in the heart of Brecon houses the Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery. The Museum and Gallery is currently closed to visitors but will be re-opening in late 2018 following the Shire Hall’s restoration and the addition of a Museum Shop and Cafe.
The Building
This lovely 1842 building was originally erected to serve as the shire hall, but the building later functioned as Assize Courts where even murder trials were conducted, until its closure in 1971. The Grade ll Listed building re-opened under the management of the Powys County Council in 1974, as the Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery.
Now one of the finest small museums in Wales, this interesting museum was first established in 1928 by the Brecknock Society. The Brecknock Society and Museum Friends are closely associated with the museum.
Museum Exhibits
The museum displays a wide range of local artefacts from pre-history to more modern times.
- Local Archaeological Material
An extremely rare early medieval log boat from Llangors Lake, a tombstone of a cavalryman from Y Gaer, Brecon Roman fort, 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
Large collection of taxidermy specimens, bird eggs and butterflies.
- Geological Collections
This is a large collection of rocks and fossils found in Brecknockshire.
Gallery Exhibits
- Historic Art
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. Also have some works associated with the artistic community at Capel-y-ffin by Eric Gill, David Jones, Reg Gammon and Edgar Holloway.
Opening Times
While the redevelopments are ongoing the Museum is closed to visitors. Outreach programs are providing educational services to schools and the Public Enquiry telephone line is being maintained. Please note that if you want to visit, it’s essential to make an appointment first.
Admission Cost
Adults: £1.00
Concessions: £0.50
Children and Residents of Powys - free.
Contact & Further Information
During the temporary closure, queries should be addressed to:
Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery, Watton Mount Offices, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7DF
Telephone   +44 (0)1874 624 121. Call charges apply.
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