National Museum Cardiff

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National Museum Cardiff
4.5
Art Galleries • Natural History Museums • Art Museums
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10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
About
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 (with dinosaur displays) from the very beginnings of time to the present day.
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YIM
5 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Excellent customer service from staff namely Jade Fox. Jade was knowledgeable, friendly and took the time to make us feel welcome. As a family we visited the museum in August 2021 as part of a staycation due to covid restrictions. Jade also advised us on other places to visit and assisted us with the booking. The exceptional customer service by Jade Fox is what made this a memorable visit. Thank you
Written October 26, 2021
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jane642017
Cardiff, UK95 contributions
Dec 2019
We always adore a trip to the National Museum in Cardiff - there’s so much to see from dinosaurs to an amazing art collection. We just keep going back time and time again.

Parking can be an expensive problem for busier times.
Written January 19, 2020
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rogerhY5668ET
Cardiff, UK146 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
I'll start with the top tip: if the weather is miserable you can guarantee it will be busy in the museum, so go on a pleasant day, when you will get more time to spend on the exhibits and enjoy your visit even more.
Remember it's closed Sundays and Mondays.
Don't be put off by the vast amount of scaffolding around the exterior of the building.
There is so much to see and do when you're there. The definitely is something there for everyone in my opinion. There are sculptures, a huge variety of paintings, and a range of exhibits and special attractions. The coffee shop in the main Auditorium is wonderful with a great atmosphere all around. Alternatively there's a lovely restaurant downstairs in the basement which is quieter.
The big attraction at the moment is dippy the dinosaur.
Written January 28, 2020
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Ali
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Aug 2021 • Couples
We booked tickets to visit and assumed that this would mean that there would be a limited number of people visiting at the same time. However, this was not the case and the museum was actually pretty busy despite this. There was also a one way system in place as part of the COVID measures, but the staff were not monitoring the flow of people, meaning we quite often reached huddles of people around some of the exhibits (especially in the dinosaur area). This not only made us feel uncomfortable for reasons associated with social distancing, but also meant that there were a number of times during which we were unable to see some of the exhibits very well.

Despite this, we did enjoy walking around and seeing the variety of pieces held at the museum. We particularly enjoyed the photography exhibition and the Italian paintings.

We felt that more could be done to make the museum an interactive experience as the natural history section mainly consisted of lots of rocks coupled with signs to read. It was interesting in the beginning, but did become repetitive.

Overall, we enjoyed our visit but I don't think that we will be returning soon, unless there is an exhibit that is of interest to us. However, considering that the trip was free, I would say that it is worth a visit and with the castle so close by, you could make a day of it.
Written September 1, 2021
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JREwing186
Sheffield, UK97 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
This is a museum housed in a beautiful building both internally and externally. The exterior is undergoing works at the moment so not much to see with all of the scaffolding. The staff are very welcoming and helpful. There are cafe refreshments available and good toilet facilities. On the lower levels, there is a variety of natural history exhibits to take in whilst the upper floor has much to offer in the way of art through the ages. Some wonderful paintings to view. Ceramics also form a significant part of the collection. The museum is popular for school parties. Allow at least a few hours to do the museum visit justice. There is plenty of seating strategically placed around the museum. There is the usual museum shop. The museum is easily accessible by public transport and is also walking distance from the city centre. It is also important to check opening times as the museum currently does not open on Mondays. Entry is free with some extra optional ad hoc exhibitions being chargeable
Written March 13, 2020
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Kelly-of-Kent
Rainham, UK122 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We had a great visit. Due to Covid, some of the museum was out of bounds but we had an enjoyable visit and there was still plenty to see. We particularly enjoyed the Richard Burton Exhibition, which was very well done and so interesting. The staff were very helpful and Covid measures in place made us feel very safe.
Written September 9, 2021
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Cerys T
Cardiff, UK94 contributions
Sep 2020
Let's be honest, there's not an awful lot to do out there at the moment is there! So I thought I'd make my first visit to the museum in over 20 years. Covid guidelines means that it's now on a ticket system to keep numbers small, so if you don't have a ticket, you're not getting in. Tickets are easily booked via the website and are still free, so no issues.

Lots on renovation work going on at the moment, can't be helped. Certain attractions have obviously been cornered off and made redundant as to be expected. So the whole experience probably isn't as 'interactive' as you might remember from a visit 6 months ago, but still well worth going. It's just as educational and interesting there, you're just done a wee bit quicker.

The shops in the center of the foyre are the only ones open, I picked up a couple of bits and there are signs up not to handle merchandise if possible. The restaraunt is open, I didn't need to visit it though so can't comment. It's a free afternoon out to support your local arts and culture, get down there 😊
Written November 21, 2020
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LesleyScarborough
Scarborough, United Kingdom1,095 contributions
Apr 2022
We came to see the art and greatly appreciated a few particular paintings, especially those by LS Lowry, Stanley Spencer and David Jones but these were highlights that made up for an otherwise disappointing experience. Since the roof is being repaired some galleries were closed, as was the restaurant downstairs where we'd hoped to have the sort of lunch you can get in a major museum in London or Edinburgh. We saw no sign warning us of its closure until we arrived there so we went back upstairs to discover a cafe that many ordinary town churches with cafes would be ashamed of. The ladies staffing it were friendly but the poor choice of cold food was very disappointing and unworthy of such a grand building in the capital city of Wales.
Written May 14, 2022
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Voyageur544
Bracknell, United Kingdom109 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
This museum is truly outstanding. The exhibition on the evolution of Wales was one of the best exhibitions I have visited in the world. The quality of the information in a logical order and simplicity for a non scientist is absolutely spot on. Perfect for all ages: adults and children alike. Spent about two hours here during a few days in Cardiff whilst travelling from north to south Wales this summer. Free to enter. Cafe and shop on site. Highly recommended! I will return and have already told others!
Written August 25, 2021
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johnandlizb
Leamington Spa, UK1,005 contributions
Feb 2022
The museum has a mixture of exhibits, but I found a lot of it was not of huge interest to me. There was a huge rock and fossil collection (some of the fossils were pretty cool
), some questionable photography (usually I love photography) and a huge collection of extremely average to poor paintings. There were a few lovely Monets as a little highlight, and some very nice taxidermy. We had looked round in about an hour and a half.
Written February 13, 2022
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