National Museum Cardiff

Address: Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP, Wales
Telephone: +44 29 2039 7951

- Free


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.

Value for money

Price advice

The National Museum is free.

Expert tips

Educational classes can be booked directly with the museum.

Guided tours are free and usually commence at 12.30pm.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Education
  • History
  • Design and architecture