National Museum Cardiff
National Museum Cardiff
Vale of Glamorgan
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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
Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966-1979
- 28 September 2013 — 5 January 2014 *on now
A touring exhibition from the Arts Council Collection featuring some of the most important British artists of the last 50 years including Tony Cragg, Antony Gormley, Susan Hiller, Richard Long and David Nash.
Uncommon Ground examines the way artists in the 1960s turned away from the enclosed space of the gallery and went out into the landscape to forge a new form of art.
Wallace: The Forgotten Evolutionist?
- 19 October 2013 — 9 March 2014 *on now
On his death 100 years ago, Alfred Russel Wallace was widely praised as the 'last of the great Victorians'.
Famous for independently discovering the process of evolution by natural selection alongside Charles Darwin, today few remember this great Welsh scientist.
This exhibition is a celebration of Wallace’s life and work.
- Any age
Llareggub: Peter Blake illustrates Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood
- 23 November 2013 — 16 March 2014 *on now
Sir Peter Blake presents his illustrations of Under Milk Wood (1953). This major body of work is the culmination of a 25 year project and is exhibited for the very first time.
The show includes portraits of each of the characters in the cast, watercolours of the dream sequences and collages and paintings of scenes and locations in the fictional village of Llareggub.
Blake’s illustration of Dylan Thomas’ ‘play for voices’ is one of his longest outstanding ongoing projects. He has, and continues to illustrate characters, dreams, scenes and locations.
A longtime admirer of Dylan Thomas, the artist has always been fascinated by the radio play and remembers first hearing Under Milk Wood while at the Royal College.
The exhibition features portraits drawn in black and white pencil on tinted paper, watercolors illustrating the dream sequences in the play, ‘narratives and locations’ in a mix of media including collage, and photographs that Blake took himself in Laugharne in the 1970s.
Part of Dylan Thomas 100 (DT100), the year-long celebration of the birth of Dylan Thomas.
- Any age