National Museum Cardiff

Price guide: Free

Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP

Price guide: Free

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By Dave Jenkins, your Cardiff expert

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#8 of 20
expert-rated things to do in Cardiff
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, Education, History

Expert review of National Museum Cardiff

From mammoths to Monet, the National Museum has a fine collection.

You can’t miss the museum. A stately old building at the foot of the city’s beautiful civic centre; it looks as grand as its ever-changing collection. With regularly updated exhibitions and a highly impressive collection of art, this free attraction is essential on any visit to the city.

As with all Welsh museums, there’s a strong sense of place in many exhibitions. The time trail that dates back to the birth of time does so as the history of Wales, and there’s a strong emphasis on Welsh painters such as Richard Wilson, Augustus John, Kyffin Williams and the sculptor John Gibson.

Their collection of French art is equally admirable. There’s a range of pieces by Monet, Manet, Cezanne, Pissarro and Renoir, who’s controversial La Parisienne stands proudly as one of the most popular centrepieces. Other European art includes a Van Gogh and a vase painted by Picasso. All of these works are well spaced and logically displayed, guiding you through the each period in art history.
With a cafe in their majestic entrance hall, and an interactive play centre for children, the National Museum is a really well thought out attraction as well as being a great celebration of art, time and humankind.

Price advice: 

The National Museum is free.

Expert tips: 
Guided tours are free and usually commence at 12.30pm.
Educational classes can be booked directly with the museum.

More information on National Museum Cardiff:

Price guide:
Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP
+44 29 2039 7951
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Open 10am-5pm Tue to Sun. Galleries close at 4.45.

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