National Museum Cardiff

National Museum Cardiff
Cathays Park
Vale of Glamorgan
CF10 3NP



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National Museum Cardiff
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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.

Venue Type:


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.

National Memory – Local Stories

  • 2 August 2014 — 4 January 2015

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.
photograph of european robin

Spring Birds

  • 16 — 17 April 2014 11am-4pm *on now

Learn some common bird calls and make a crafty birds’ nest.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Poppy Sowing

  • 17 April 2014 2-4pm
  • 11 May 2014 2-4pm

Help sow poppy seeds in our new Urban Meadow in commemoration of World War One.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Fish Fossil

Natural Sciences Lunchtime Talk: Fish Conservation

  • 30 April 2014 1-2pm

Fish conservation and diatoms by Ingrid Juettner, Botany Curator. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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Family Biodiversity Day

  • 24 May 2014 11am-4pm

Meet the experts, handle real natural history objects and take part in fun activities for
all the family.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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Beautiful Butterflies

  • 24 — 28 May 2014

Learn how to spot some of our spring butterflies and make a butterfly model to take home. This activity will run at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00

Suitable for

  • Any age


Photograph of african elephant skeleton

Them Bones

  • 24 May — 1 June 2014

Explore skeletons and bones from the collection and make a skeleton puppet.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Dinosaur footprint

Natural Sciences Lunchtime Talk: Fossils

  • 28 May 2014 1-2pm

“Naming fossils – why Brontosaurus is no more,” by Caroline Buttler, Head of Palaeontology Section. Q and A included.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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Condensed Histories: World War One Shows

  • 2 — 3 August 2014 11am-3pm
  • 9 — 10 August 2014 11am-3pm

With a mixture of comedy, storytelling, juggling, magic and more you will gain a new and unique view of history. Shows will run at: 11:00, 12:00, 13:00 and 14:00.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Photograph of parcels containing the effects of German soldiers killed in action.

Comforts for the Troops: First World War Family Workshops

  • 16 — 17 August 2014 11am-4pm
  • 23 — 24 August 2014 11am-4pm

During the First World War, women were encouraged to knit and sew items to send to the troops. Discover what went into these parcels, try on replica items and have a go at working antique sewing and sock-knitting machines. These workshops will run at: 11:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:00.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Sunflower seeds

Harvest the Meadow

  • 31 August 2014 2-4pm

Help harvest and package seeds to create more urban meadows as was done during the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age
WW1 print by Albin Egger-Lienz

Behind the Scenes: Paper Conservation

  • 16 September 2014 1-2pm

Emily O’Reilly talks about conserving the 66 lithographs in the exhibition Efforts and Ideals: Prints of the First World War. You will have the opportunity to ask Emily questions after the talk.

Suitable for

  • Any age
British WW1 medal

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology

  • 23 September 2014 1-2pm

Mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War by examining medals in the Artefact Study Room.

Suitable for

  • Any age