Rhayader Museum and Gallery has been described as a little gem. There is a strong focus on the history of the local area, including the Cambrian Mountains and the Elan Valley. The exhibitions show how landscape and people have shaped the community as it is now. Don’t be fooled by the small factory unit exterior. Inside you will find interactive displays, plenty of stories to listen to about the area from local people and films to watch, along with displays of objects. It is run as an independent museum by a charity – hence the entry fee. There is a strong focus on the arts which means that the interpretation for exhibitions can be very different to what you might expect from a local museum. It is only by visiting that you will be able to see that it lives up to its reputation. Local artists and craft people supply the shop with original and sometimes unusual gifts. There is also an interesting selection of books for a holiday read or to take home as a memento.