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:

Museum

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.
A screenshot of the Becoming Richard Burton website

Online Exhibition: Becoming Richard Burton

  • 20 November 2020 — 13 January 2023 *on now

To accompany Becoming Richard Burton's physical exhibition, we have created a digital platform that will be updated with key stories and items from the exhibition. The platform will be available permanently and tells the story of Richard Burton's life.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Languages

  • Welsh and English

Website

https://becomingrichardburton.museum.wales/

Image of Richard Burton in Port Talbot, Wales

Becoming Richard Burton

  • 20 November 2020 — 11 April 2021 *on now

The exhibition features Burton’s diaries, papers and personal objects – displayed for the first time – from the Richard Burton Archives held at Swansea University.

His earliest diary, written as a fourteen-year-old schoolboy at the beginning of the Second World War, gives a glimpse into his teenage life in Port Talbot and presents the people and places that had a profound influence on Richard’s journey.

Other highlight objects loaned for the exhibition include costumes worn by Burton on stage in the Shakespearean performances that launched his career, and later as a Hollywood star in Cleopatra, the film that changed his life.

At the height of his fame Burton was constantly in the spotlight, and often misunderstood in the press. Through his personal diaries and papers this exhibition will reveal the man behind the headlines – Richard Burton the husband, father, reader, writer and passionate Welshman.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Languages

  • Welsh and English

Website

https://museum.wales/cardiff/whatson/11099/Becoming-Richard-Burton/

National Museum Cardiff
Cathays Park
Cardiff
Vale of Glamorgan
CF10 3NP
Wales

Website

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/cardiff

http://www.amgueddfacymru.ac.uk/cy/caerdydd

E-mail

general enquiries - Welsh

post@amgueddfacymru.ac.uk

general enquiries - English

post@museumwales.ac.uk

Telephone

(029) 20397951

Fax

(029) 20373219

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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