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The Cardiff Story, Cardiff

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Cardiff Story is a museum in Cardiff, Wales which exhibits the history of the city. The museum opened on 1 April 2011 and entrance is free. The heritage museum has brought together a collection of 3,000 objects and Cardiff-related artefacts, many donated from Cardiff residents and communities.HistoryOld Library (1882 to 1988)Cardiff Story is situated in the Old Library, at the northern end of The Hayes. The building was opened in 1882 by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff as the Cardiff Free Library, Museum and Schools for Science and Art, which included an art gallery. The Schools of Science and Art were housed in the building until 1890 when it moved to buildings that were part of the University College. The Central Library was moved to a new building located on St David’s Link on 3 December 1988.Cardiff StoryCardiff Council had been seeking the permanent use of the Old Library since the closure of the Cardiff Centre for Visual Arts in 2000.The Cardiff Strategic Tourism Growth Area Action Plan, supported by Cardiff Council and Wales Tourist Board (now Visit Wales), looked at major elements essential to developing Cardiff as a tourism destination, and came with £2 million funding towards projects from such as the development of a specific Cardiff Museum. As a result consultants were appointed in 2002 to produce the feasibility study for a Living Museum of Cardiff, jointly funded by Cardiff Council and The Council of Museums in Wales (now CyMAL). The study concluded that an estimated 130,000 visitors per year are expected based on free entry, a city centre site is essential for a museum accessible to visitors and the community, the focus should be on the last 200 years of Cardiff’s industrial rise, and that a strong interactive element is essential with things for children to do, such as sound and film.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The Cardiff story is very nice on a visit to the capital city of Wales. The town's history is entertaining and narrated on concrete objects. Only the exhibition area in the basement aimed more at children, that he has little attractive for adults.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This is a free exhibition so it seems a bit churlish to be too critical. We did however expect a more in-depth view of the history of Cardiff. When we visited some of the inter-active exhibits were no...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    This was the first thing we visited in Cardiff and was probably the best it's good for all ages it really gives you a insight into cardiffs history I specifically liked the room dedicated to Cardiff w...  more »
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  • Interesting and free. Quite small though.
  • Great staff but the content wasn't always that engaging
  • Interesting way to pass an hour on a wet afternoon even for out of town visitors like us. Dressing up for the children was a hit and they also loved the animatronic house.
  • An awesome location for the Cardiff story museum. Staff are amazing here and the children love it!
  • Stuff made it feel special for the kids especially today Saturday (27/08/2016) a big thank you to them.

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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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