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
Thomas Henry Thomas (1839-1915) in Focus
- 29 September 2015 — 22 May 2016 *on now
2015 marks the centenary of the death of the artist and polymath Thomas Henry Thomas. Born in Pontypool in 1839, Thomas was a passionate amateur practitioner who pursued a career as an artist and illustrator alongside wide-ranging interests in botany, geology, history, archaeology and what we would today call ethnography. As a keen promoter of Welsh culture and cultural identity, Thomas was one of the driving forces behind the creation of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. He developed the modern Welsh flag, pushed for Wales’ inclusion in the Union Jack and in 1895 became the first Herald Bard of the Gorsedd. On his death, he left a large collection of artworks, specimens and artefacts to Amgueddfa Cymru.
This small display introduces visitors to Thomas’s world, bringing together images and objects to give a glimpse into the life and work of this remarkable man.
- Any age
Augustus John in Focus
- 21 November 2015 — 30 September 2016 *on now
Augustus John (1878-1961) was a leading artist of his generation. He was a wonderful colourist and draughtsman and for a time, one of the most exciting modernist artists in Britain.
This display brings together a selection of paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints from the Museum’s extensive collection by this important Welsh artist. It will focus on images of his family, friends and celebrated sitters as well as his fascination with gypsy culture.
- Any age
Treasures: Adventures in Archaeology
- 26 January — 30 October 2016 *on now
Step into the world of famous explorers and travel on an adventure uncovering treasures from around the world at this exciting new exhibition at National Museum Cardiff.
To celebrate 2016, The Year of Adventure in Wales, we're hosting extraordinary treasures from popular culture including the hat, whip and jacket of Indiana Jones, crystal skulls, Inca gold and early finds such as Egyptian Mummies.
Book your tickets online in advance to avoid disappointment for this inspirational exhibition.
- Any age
£7 adults (17 years and over)
£5 concessions (over 60s, unwaged, in full-time education, NUS cardholders)
Free to everyone 16 years and under. Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.
National Museum Cardiff
Vale of Glamorgan
general enquiries - Welsh
general enquiries - English