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National Museum Cardiff, Cardiff

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Natural History Museum Art Gallery
Learn about the art, archaeology, and natural history of Wales at National Museum Cardiff. In the art gallery, view over 500 years of paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver, and ceramics from around the world, including one of Europe's best collections of Impressionist art. In the Evolution of Wales gallery, discover through film, sound, and specimens the evolution of animal life and the Welsh landscape over hundreds of millions of years. Head into the natural history gallery to learn about the diverse plant and animal species that inhabit Wales. The venue hosts temporary exhibitions, so check the schedule before visiting to see what's on. Admission to the museum is free. Work out when and for how long to visit National Museum Cardiff and other Cardiff attractions using our handy Cardiff tour planner.
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  • Visited on our first trip to Cardiff loved that it was free we especially liked walking around the new art exhibit  more »
  • It is free to get in and there is loads of interesting stuff there. Plenty to do for kids and adults alike especially on a rainy day.  more »
  • Very interesting museum with plenty of exhibits to keep adults and kids amused. My eldest really enjoyed the woodland exhibit! I really enjoyed the gallery section and they have some great pieces on d...  more »
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  • There was a special event from the United States of America, called, "Dino Babies". I took the kids there and paid £13.00 for 1 adult and 3 children during half term. The kids are handed a trail booklet which they use to walk around the exhibition and fill in questions. There are lots of interactive displays which my three girls aged 8,10 and 13 enjoyed. We then went to the Discovery Centre which is also open during half term and is free, the staff there are very helpful and will work with the children, very friendly and approachable. Finally the kids did the museum trail, you can get that from reception, and a pencil if you ask. It allows the children to walk through the museum more interactively.
  • A nice day out for the kids. The displays are interactive and can be a mesmerising experience for the little ones. The fine art and pottery sections upstairs offer an interesting insight into local and international crafts. Overall the museum offers variety at the cost of depth. There is loads to see but at times you're left wanting more of one part of the exhibits. Can get very busy on weekends/ holidays
  • Fantastic day out with my grandson the staff are excellent nothing is to much trouble. The best thing is that they involve children of all ages and they actually inter-act with them. When telling the children about something they make it interesting so as to keep the childrens interest
  • Brilliant museum, lots to see and do. Great timeline of the earth to follow, my 9 year old daughter liked that. Upstairs is a great gallery filled with old masters up to an excellent selection of modern artists. So much to see, great for a quick visit or spend all day.
  • A superb museum! Houses everything from natural history, archaeology, to modern and classical art. There's often events on, so be sure to check the website. All the staff are friendly and helpful. It's in a prime location for a day out and an easy to walk to the city centre.

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Cardiff is a compact city, easily explored on foot, from accommodations in its pedestrianized city center. Top-notch hotels and B&Bs are only a short walk from the major attractions and popular shops. The Welsh countryside, along with its quaint country hotels, is easily accessible from Cardiff's centrally located main train station. 
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