Maritime Museum

Pembroke Dock once led the world in shipbuilding - it has been a sorry omission that we have not had a maritime museum here to tell the story.  
To right this wrong, the Society set up the Museum in August 2015 aiming to give an insight into shipbuilding, not only in Hancock’s yard but all along the Cleddau, with its associated trades and occupations. 

The setting is ideal: where better than a historic shipyard on Pembroke Dock’s waterfront with its own slipway and dry dock?

On a visit to the Museum you can expect a tour of the museum building which houses smaller craft, a wealth of nautical miscellanea, navigational instruments from times gone-by, working models, tools, photographs and model boats/ships and much more.

Outside in the 'Yard' your guide will show you the 2 main worksheds, the historic Fishguard lifeboat restoration, the forge and the boat port where several other craft are stored. Children need supervision in the workshops and the yard, one feature of the yard is a Victorian tidal dock.

So what might you do / or find out about in the Museum?

  • How many ships were built in the Royal Dockyard? Were any of them famous?
  • Were any Royal Yachts built here?
  • Where is the reclaimed land in Pembroke Dock?
  • Can you tie a bowline?
  • Can you send a morse code message?
  • What is a fid?
  • How did you get across the Cleddau before the bridge was built?
  • How did sailors navigate before GPS?

The museum is open daily between 10a.m. and 4p.m. 

Admission is free but donations are welcome.

The Museum achieved accreditation in 2023, meaning it complies with the nationally agreed standards that ensure all museums are sustainable, focused and trusted, inspiring the confidence of the public and funding and governing bodies.