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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 #5 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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Blackwood, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I visited the museum at the end of August. I have not been here since I was a little kid so was a little apprehensive of how it would be. I visited with my wife and 3 year old who was so excited to see the dinosaur exhibition. When you enter the museum you will notice how BIG the place... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Wonderful art collection, especially the Impressionist paintings and the lovely curved gallery with Welsh landscapes. Also an extensive and well-displayed pottery collection and great dinosaurs! At the moment there is a major exhibition on the work of Richard Wilson which I greatly enjoyed. Very informative, well displayed, and with free admission. A disappointment is that the archaeology gallery is now... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

Well worth a day visit to this museum. The venue has really done a nice job a telling the story of natural history with many displays and quality illustrations and even hands on exhibits. Did not have time to visit the art wing! Be sure to give yourself lots of time on your parking meter as time passes quickly when... More

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Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We took our grandson to this museum on Monday 25th August. The first thing was-it was free. As a 6yr old, his main interest was The Dinosaurs. These exhibits were wonderfully displayed. Our grandson had been before but was still enthralled by what he saw. We also went to the Art Gallery. My wife is really interested in Van Gough.... More

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Newport
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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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Barmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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

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

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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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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