National Museum Cardiff
Discover art, archaeology, natural history and geology. With a busy programme of exhibitions and events, we have something to amaze everyone, whatever your interest – and admission is free!
Although not the oldest of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales’s buildings, this is the first location of National Museum Wales, officially opened in 1927.
Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre, today it houses Wales’s national archaeology, art, geology and natural history collections, as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions.
Discover the secrets of our ancestors from the Neanderthals a quarter of a million years ago in the Archaeology gallery, Origins: in search of early Wales. Everyday objects and beautiful artefacts tell the stories of people in Wales and explore our links with the past.
The Art collection at National Museum Cardiff is one of Europe's finest. See five hundred years of magnificent paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics from Wales and across the world, including one of Europe's best collections of Impressionist works.
Take an amazing journey in Evolution of Wales from the very beginning of time to the present day. The story begins in space with the Big Bang and takes you on a 4,600 million-year journey, bringing you face to face with dinosaurs and woolly mammoths. Find out how life evolved in Wales and which dinosaurs roamed the land.
Witness the diverse Natural History of Wales on an expedition which begins at the seashore and ends in the mountains. Experience some of the unique environments that make Wales home to over 900 Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Open Bank holidays
The Welsh national archaeology, art, geology, botany and zoology collections. Highlights include one of the finest Impressionist art collections in Europe and the 'Evolution of Wales' exhibition - the history of Wales from the Big Bang until today, complete with dinosaurs and woolly mammoth.
Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences
Key artists and exhibits
- La Parisienne
- The Blue Lady
- The Kiss
- Evolution of Wales
I Spy... Nature
- 19 July 2014 — 3 January 2016 *on now
Come and experience how scientists’ observations lead to new discoveries.
A hands-on, family-friendly exhibition allowing you to try your hand at observing and recording nature. Experience how a Victorian naturalist sketched the natural world, or how modern technology allows scientists to image objects in 3-D.
Find out what sort of explorer you are, before dressing up in the appropriate outfit and exploring the gallery in character. Will you be Madame Fleur (a Victorian naturalist), Dr Tekno (a modern museum scientist), Dani Dynamo (an outdoor explorer working in the field) or Bryn the Bug (a beetle!)?
Discover how animals view nature differently, or get up close and personal with dozens of natural history objects under the microscope.
- Any age
Guided tour: Highlights of Art
- 5 July — 26 October 2015 *on now
A free highlights tour of some of our art galleries with a Volunteer Guide.
Highlights of Art: Collecting Treasures – a themed guided tour of the art galleries looking at the role of art collectors and their importance to the Museum today. This tour will highlight works from the collections of pioneering art patrons such as Watkin Williams-Wynn, Gwendoline and Margaret Davies, Wilfred De Winton, William Goscombe John and Derek Williams among others.
Highlights of Art: A Journey through Landscape – this themed guided tour will look at the representation of landscape throughout the art collection and will highlight works from artists including Van Gogh, Cézanne, Morisot, L.S Lowry and Richard Wilson.
Tuesdays - Collecting Treasures
Wednesdays - A Journey Through Landscape
Thursdays - A Journey Through Landscape
Fridays - Collecting Treasures
Saturdays - A Journey Through Landscape
Sundays - Collecting Treasures
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