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National Museum and Art Gallery

Cathays Park in the Civic Centre, Cardiff CF10 3NP, Wales (City Centre)
+44 29 2039 7951
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Ranked #6 of 78 Attractions in Cardiff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Fee: No
Owner description: Witness one of Europe's finest art collections. Five hundred years of magnificent paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics from Wales and... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We visited here on bank holiday Monday! If I'm honest we only left ourselves 2 and a half hours to look around it all, as we didn't think it would be very good as it was FREE! How wrong were we? It was very interesting and interactive! The museum is laid out beautifully with lots of different things to see!... More

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Pwllheli
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

My kids love the place and it is free, will go again they also loved the activity to do within the museum which encourage them to look in every chamber and been curious about the art section.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Visited with our three children aged 17, 11 and 9. Natural history part was okay but a poor cousin of the Natural History Museum, London. However, the art collection was stunning we were lucky enough to see Constables painting of Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, (which is there until the 7th September) alongside Monet, and many other wonderful artists. All... More

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The art exhibitions were closed on the day I visited, so this review only focuses on the natural history section of the museum. There are some interesting exhibits, particularly in the dinosaur section, but I couldn't help but feel that the displays themselves were slowly becoming natural history. The video technology was probably cutting edge in the early 90s, but... More

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Dersingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Having travelled down to Cardiff for the Dr Who experience (see my review on that) we decided to have a look at the museum the next morning before heading home. I headed for the art gallery, my wife and 15 year old to the dinosaur section. I spent the whole 2 hours (we had no more time unfortunately as we... More

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Excellent for children of all ages. Lots to see and do. Not sure about disabled access as there are a lot of steps at the front entrance. They may have a disabled entrance though. Drinks in the cafe and restaurant a bit over priced but on a par with similar places. Entrance is free so you can't really complain about... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Very interesting and good to have art and natural history in one place. A pleasant cafe too. Shame the attendants are currently involved in industrial action for a month at the weekends, as you have to visit before 12.45pm when access is restricted.

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Caldicot, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We visited recently and the children especially loved the natural history section. Lots to see. Impressive art galleries in the upper floor. There is a dedicated car park at the rear of the museum which costs £5. Buggy friendly. The cafe unfortunately was massively overpriced and was a let down. We would recommend visiting one of the other eateries in... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Visited with my husband and son, who had been learning about dinosaurs and wanted to see the exhibits. Unfortunately, we couldn't go straight to the dinosaur exhibit and we had to walk all around the creation of Wales, places of which were dark and loud. When we got to the dinosaurs we were trying to read about the skeletons on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

Great way to kill a few hours.. Or dodge the rain. The natural history section is good. Lots of fossils and dinosaurs. The kids all seemed to enjoy it. Upstairs the art galleries were more enjoyable than I expected. I'm not an 'art buff' but found them interesting. Especially the 'older ' stuff, not so much the ones in the... More

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