St Fagans National Museum of History

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One of Europe's biggest and most exciting open-air museums. Here you will find centuries of Welsh social history gathered together in 100 acres of beautiful countryside.

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Opening hours

Daily 10.00-17.00

Closed: 24-26 December, 1 January

Admission charges

Free Admission

Additional info

See website for details

Collection details

Agriculture, Archaeology, Architecture, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Industry, Social History, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Highlights include St Fagans Castle, with its exquisitely restored rose garden, the Rhyd-y-car ironworkers' houses, each one furnished from a different period in history, and the 1950'5 pre-fab, the most recent addition to the site.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Y Gadair Ddu, the ‘Black Chair’

  • 5 March — 31 August 2018 *on now

As part of the Cymru’n Cofio – Wales Remembers 1914-18 programme, a 3D printed replica of Y Gadair Ddu, the ‘Black Chair’, will be on display at St Fagans National Museum of History.
The original chair was posthumously awarded to the Welsh poet Hedd Wyn, in the 1917 Birkenhead Eisteddfod for his poem ‘Yr Arwr’ (The Hero).
Hedd Wyn died on 31 July 1917 during the Battle of Passchendaele, and the bardic chair was thereafter kept at the family farmhouse, Yr Ysgwrn, in Trawsfynydd where it has remained for a hundred years.
In 2013 a 3D printed replica of this iconic chair was commissioned by the Welsh Government, in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru, Snowdonia National Park and Cardiff University’s School of Engineering. The chair has toured Wales and Belgium as part of the Cymru’n Cofio – Wales Remembers 1914-18 commemorations.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


St Fagans National Museum of History
St Fagans
Vale of Glamorgan

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