National Museum Cardiff

National Museum Cardiff
Cathays Park
Vale of Glamorgan
CF10 3NP



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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.

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Opening hours

Tues-Sun 10.00-17.00
Open Bank holidays

Admission charges

Free entry

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.

Collection details

Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences

Key artists and exhibits

  • Impressionist
  • Cezanne
  • Manet
  • Monet
  • Renoir
  • La Parisienne
  • The Blue Lady
  • Rodin
  • The Kiss
  • Evolution of Wales
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

I Spy... Nature

  • 19 July 2014 — 2 April 2015 *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.

Discover how insects view nature differently, or get up close and personal with dozens of natural history objects under the microscope.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Efforts and Ideals: Prints of the First World War

  • 2 August 2014 — 7 January 2015 *on now

This exhibition displays all 66 works from the 1917 print portfolio “The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals”, commissioned by the Ministry of Information.

Divided into ‘Ideals’ and ‘Efforts’, these lithographs provide a broad and fascinating representation of Britain’s war objectives, military activities and effort on the Home Front.

Some of the best known British artists of the period contributed to the series including Augustus John, Frank Brangwyn, William Rothenstein and C.R.W Nevinson.

Suitable for

  • Any age


National Memory – Local Stories

  • 2 August 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

This display explores how objects from museum collections, via creative digital workshops, can help young people and artists respond to the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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I Spy...Nature Hibernating Mammals

  • 28 October 2014 11am-12pm, 1-2pm, 3-4pm
  • 29 October 2014 11am-12pm, 1-2pm, 3-4pm
  • 30 October 2014 11am-12pm, 1-2pm, 3-4pm
  • 31 October 2014 11am-12pm, 1-2pm, 3-4pm

Discover which UK mammals like to spend the winter snoozing, find out how you can help to protect them and make your own artwork to take home.

Suitable for

  • Any age


A young girl, her hair tied with ribbon, holds a large stick as she drives the cows into the farmyard for milking. The original caption describes this as "A little school girl’s holiday work".

The Welsh Girls are Good Fighters

  • 12 December 2014 1-2pm

Thomas George, Researcher at Cardiff University, explores the different kinds of jobs women did and their varying experiences of work during the First World War. What was the reaction of employers, farmers and trade unions towards women replacing male labour and how did women themselves perceive their work?

The focus will be on the experiences of working-class women, but also those ladies who lay behind the organisation of female labour. The talk will also consider what happened to women workers during the immediate post-war period and how we understand women's role in the war effort.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17