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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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  • Visited one wet afternoon to eat at the Cafi, but unfortunately it has closed, so had a quick walk around, the guide on the ground floor was very helpful as he noticed I was partially sighted. loved t...  more »
  • We were very impressed by the amount of information and hands on things to do here and how interesting to see into the past of this lovely city I was fascinated by the dolls house showing the various ...  more »
  • The Cardiff Story museum is free and a must-do when in Cardiff. The history is laid out like a large timeline through the museum and there are interactive areas that I imagine would be great for adult...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Small museum but with nice interactive exhibits, and objects with stories told by people actually using and working with them in the past. Also, fascinating videos about working lives in the small blue room, but easy to miss! It probably takes less than 1 hour to look around the main parts of the exhibition, so definitely worth a visit even if you are in a hurry (plus it's free anyway).
  • Pretty interesting. Quite small so you can see everything in an hour or so.