Trip Planner Europe  /  UK  /  Wales  /  South Wales  /  Cardiff  /  Museums  /  National Museum Cardiff

National Museum Cardiff, Cardiff

Categories: Natural History Museums, Art Galleries, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web
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.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • It is worth visiting the Museum to learn more about the history of Wales, its art and culture. But the Museum also features works by other places.
    show original
  • As I live in Cardiff I often visit the museum. It is a peaceful building where you can spend a few hours away from the bustle of the streets. There is a nice cafe and also a restaurant where you can h...  read more »
  • Alongside National Museum Cardiff's excellent permanent collection of high quality works of art (and one of the largest group of ceramics by Hans Coper anywhere in the world), there are frequently exc...  read more »
  • I love this place. Been going since I was a child. Whether you're visiting with friends, family, on your lonesome or a date. It's fantastic. Such much to learn so much to see. It's a majestic building a true wonder to behold from the exterior so don't just look at the beautiful building thinking i may go in there one day. Just do it. And you'll love it. Don't forget to buy a dinosaur from the gift shop for your desk ;).
  • We visited here in the Easter holidays with our 5 children. We've visited many times and it's one of our favourite places. It was particularly interesting to our eldest son as he's in his second year at Exeter university studying archeology. We all thoroughly enjoyed the archeology section and decided to end our visit at the gift shop to purchase something each for the children, but I wish I hadn't bothered!! Whoever the guy was there,he continually shouted " we're closing!! " over and over again. This was at 4.50 pm! Our children were in such a tizz as the shouting continued over their heads at one point. We left without purchasing anything, with upset children. You could have had a good sale from us, but we won't be visiting the gift shop again!
  • Free entry into this museum, where natural history exhibits are on the ground floor and paintings on the floor above. The latter in particular was pretty impressive, comprising of an impressionist collection, Asian pottery and religious works. Some of the exhibits due to strikes (perhaps due to understaffing?) though.
  • Well presented natural history displays, including dinosaurs and fossils downstairs, and art upstairs. Exhibits are interesting with a good mix of audio-visual and hands-on in the natural history displays. The museum is not enormous, but enough to fill an afternoon. The main museum is free, in addition to paid entry temporary exhibitions. Large family-friendly cafe downstairs, selling hot food, sandwiches, etc. Smaller cafe in the foyer sells hot drinks and cakes. Well stocked, if a little over-priced, shop selling items related to the displays. The Clore learning centre just off the foyer is a hands-on room aimed at children of all ages, with a range of items, objects and activities to get to grips with.
  • Great museum with new exhibitions regularly. Staff don't know much about the area when asked though, and one of the temporary exhibitions we visited didn't have great information cards - it was hard to figure out which item the information boards were talking about sometimes.
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h
Visit for 2​h 30​m