View through a series of doorways of a person looking at one of the paintings at National Museum Cardiff.
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National Museum Cardiff

Please be aware of government guidelines before setting off.

Government Guidelines
  • Visit National Museum Cardiff to learn, interact, play and explore Welsh history in fun, exciting ways.
  • Check out the finest collection of art and paintings in the galleries, from Monet, to Richard Wilson and more.
  • Don't miss out on the the virtual reality exhibition to experience life as an astronaut.
  • Get active, interactive and hands on in the Discovery Centre, which creates the perfect environment for play and learning.

If you're wondering what to do in Cardiff, then check out the National History Museum Cardiff to see some of the finest artistic collections in Europe, get busy with virtual reality and explore the evolution of Wales as you are transported through time. The National Museum Cardiff is a family favourite location, not only because there is free entry, but there's so much to do here, your kids will have blast, so get down to South Wales for an unforgettable time. From the geology of Wales, to impressionist art exhibitions, interactive virtual reality displays and hands-on fun, your little ones won't be short of a thrilling time.

At this Cardiff National Museum, art lovers and enthusiasts alike can marvel at the collections of Wales' national art on the first floor of the gallery, boasting stunning sculptural pieces, delicate paintings, detailed drawings, beautiful ceramics and more. Boasting some of the most spectacular Impressionist artworks in Britain, little art enthusiasts will love the collections from some of the artists that lead the way. Gaze at works by Rodin, Turner, Monet and more as you meander the first floor gallery, coming across Van Gogh, along with Welsh artists, like Augustus John, and Richard Wilson. There are five hundred years  worth of significant art work to discover in the National Museum Cardiff exhibitions. You'll find silverware and ceramics to the paintings of Picasso and more. What's even more fun is collecting an activity book on the way in so then your little ones can explore the stories associated with the collections in a fun, creative way, being inspired to create their own artwork.

Get down to the Evolution of Wales gallery to journey through different parts of space and time wherecthe kids can come across everything from moon rock, real meteorites, some ancient dinosaurs and woolly mammoths that you may have never seen before. Check out objects from 230,000 years ago in the Origins is The Archaeology gallery, which has some of the earliest known human objects and artefacts, which is always fascinating to learn about. Or get a glimpse into Welsh Stone Age life and discover stories of how people lived back in the day. Transport yourself back to Roman times and immerse yourself in a history up until the Middle Ages while having a blast. To learn more about Wales and its history, check out St Fagan's National Museum of History, a leading open air museum for reeanctments, recreations, and more.

For nature lovers, learn all about the insects and wildlife in Wales from animals, birds and insects in the Natural History Galleries House, your little ones will be delighted to come across the likes of a humpback whale skeleton and the world’s biggest leather back turtle! These exciting Natural History galleries will offer you and your children a tour through the woodlands and seashore of Wales to learn about all the wildlife here. From giant basking sharks, and more there's a variety of interesting and kooky animals for you to discover.

For a blast of a time, you have to check out the permanent virtual reality experience, which is an interactive, immersive story exhibition for those of age 10 and up. Get down to this experience, especially if you're a budding astronaut, or jus an aerospace enthusiast. The exhibition is called Mission: Planet Earth. Little go getters and adventurers, along with their grown ups can set off on a thrilling aerospace mission to travel through time and space, guided by android L.W.N.A. It makes for an unforgettable experience, so get down here and try it out.  For more science history, check out Techniquest, home to two floors of interactive, hands-on exhibits, plus an exciting science theatre, planetarium for star gazing, and a lab for thrilling experiments.

Don't miss out on the National Museum Cardiff events that take place, from exhibition talks to family trails and activity sheets that make exploring the paintings in each gallery a treat, to getting hands on in the Clore Discovery Centre where you and your family can pop in to explore the different collections, interact with many different objects and more. Get investigative and learn about different types of bronze age weapons, or ancient dinosaur bones and figure out what this tells us about our past and history. You can come into contact with major tropical insects, and even some ceramics, so whatever pique's your curiosity, you can interact with it and learn about it more. There are microscopes and magnifiers available for you to use, creating a clearer picture of the past. If you have some treasures at home you wish to investigate, bring it and take a closer look at your objects, this is perfect for any budding scientist to explore their passions.

What to know before you go

  • National Museum Cardiff opening times are 10am – 5pm, Tuesday, Thursday,  Saturday and Sunday.
  • When you're feeling peckish, there is a restaurant on site serving meals and drinks, plus there is a coffee shop for when you need a little boost and snack. Plus, you're more than welcome to bring your own food and there are baby food facilities available if needed.
  • There are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities in the Oriel restaurant.  
  • There is wheelchair access to all galleries. Plus, there are wheelchairs are available. There are seats dotted around the gallery, please note that some areas have uneven flooring.
  • Pick up a map guide for free before you start, then you'll be able to see everything you want.

Getting there

  • If travelling by public transport to the National Museum Cardiff, the nearest train station is Cathays Station, which is a short walk away from the Museum. For the bus, from Cardiff Central Bus Station take  53 or 85 bus. From Cardiff Bay take the Bay Car number 6 bus to the museum.
  • If travelling via foot or bicycle, the Museum is 20 minutes walk from Cardiff Central Bus and Train Station.
  • If travelling via car, ensure to go via Junction 32 of the M4.
  • There is a National Museum Cardiff parking visitor Car Park that is located behind the Museum, off Museum Avenue. Parking is free to disabled badge holders. Alternatively, look here to find NCP parking nearby.

Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.

Government Guidelines


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