The art gallery has recently moved to only showing pieces from their archive rather than having the past rolling programme of temporary exhibitions. It's still worth a look, there are some nice pieces there including an interesting assortment of ceramics dotted around the place.
The picture collection on show is quite small though and looking at all the pieces is probably at most a half-hour for all but the most artistically inclined. I wouldn't recommend it for little kids that can't keep their hands to themselves, there are no interactive exhibits as far as I recall.
However, there are a couple of things for younger child to play with in the Museum downstairs. Usually there is a focus on a particular topic that has an activity sheet to go with it (ask at the museum reception). Sometimes there are dressing up things too. In the past they've had walking tour information for quite a long tour of the city centre.
The museum is, like I said, worth a visit but it's not a patch on the national museum in Cardiff which is only about 30 minutes away. There are some nice room interiors, some animal bones (no dinosaurs AFAIR), a lovely Roman mosaic (but much more Roman stuff in Caerleon if that's your interest). There's an exhibit about the Newport Ship and information about Newport's historic port. Information about the Chartist movement and some video and audio exhibits.
(Have visited there many times.)
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