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National Museum and Art Gallery

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Address: Cathays Park in the Civic Centre, Cardiff CF10 3NP, Wales
Phone Number: +44 29 2039 7951
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Description: Witness one of Europe's finest art collections. Five hundred years of...
Witness one of Europe's finest art collections. 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 art. The building also has galleries showing the diverse natural history of Wales, as well as a journey taking you through the Evolution of Wales from the very beginnings of time to the present day.
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This is a worthy institution for a major capital city. As well as important works by major Welsh artists like Kyffin Williams, Augustus and Gwen John and John Piper, there are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This is a worthy institution for a major capital city. As well as important works by major Welsh artists like Kyffin Williams, Augustus and Gwen John and John Piper, there are may beautiful paintings by top French impressionists, and classical sculptures by the likes of Rodin and lots of contemporary art. In fact it would be an excellent place to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The museum complex is actually several museums in one. Since we arrived late (the museum closed ad 16.40) there was not enough time to see everything, but I was really impressed with the Natural history exhibits, in particular the palaeontological and geological exhibits, celebrating the rich Welsh geological history. The only down side was really, that the museum closed very... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Not a bad museum, just nothing spectacular. Ground flooe is fairly interesting, if a little musty and tired once you get beyond the dinosaur bones, as the mamoth, woolley rhino and basking shark have seen brighter days. If you like ceramics then you will enjoy this. Some interesting paintings and sculptures, but theground floor is the most interesting of the... More 

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Gwent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

5 yr old grandson amazed and enthralled by the Dinosaurs but also the large auditorium style videos of the volcanic eruptions and the " Big Bang" ... And all for free!!!

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I can't say enough good thing about this museum and gallery, accessible, friendly, professional, EXCELLANT well cared for exhibitions, clean, clear,helpful staff A fountain of gemlike things to see. Cafe quite nice also. Repeat trips serve to provide always some amount of newness. I adore visiting

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The natural history part is fine the art galleries are so so poor compared to others, and the interaction for children is not good unless you are with schools etc.!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Spent ages in the art galleries, didn't have time for the museum displays on the ground floor. The galleries are just great. Unlike Kelvingrove Gallery in Glasgow (my local which is primarily aimed at kids!), the art works are beautifully curated and sympathetically displayed, with really good information plaques. It feels as those organising the exhibitions really care about the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Superb gallery in the impressive Edwardian Civic Centre. The collections of impressionists and Welsh art are second to none. Much better than average shop, good cafes. Had to make two visits to see it all. Particularly good captioning, much more informative that in most galleries

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

The art gallery is definitely the highglight compared to the museum, though that is good too. The art gallery has a nice mixture of modern and older art, with plenty of space to admire without being in someone else's way.

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Devon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

A great museum. Our two 7 year old's loved it, we now need to go fossil hunting. Didnt get long enough in the galleries to see the art works but great fun to jog past a Cezanne, Van Gogh, Monet and Rodin as the kids pushed us to see more fossils

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