Amgueddfa Cymru / National Museum Cardiff’s forthcoming exhibitions


A Year of Legends 

From Chinese art to a famous crime writer and dinosaur babies, Amgueddfa Cymru’s programme of exhibitions and displays for 2017 will cover legendary works and themes.



  • Gillian Ayres

8 April – 3 September 2017

A major exhibition celebrating the bold and colourful work of Gillian Ayres – one of Britain’s most renowned abstract artists which will appeal to audiences young and old. This is the largest exhibition of Ayres’s work ever seen in the UK. It offers a unique insight into the untold story of the influence of Wales on her life and work.

  • Dinosaur Babies

27 May – 5 November 2017

An opportunity to take a rare and exciting look at the fascinating family life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos. Through exciting interactive exhibits, authentic specimens and life-size model, Dinosaur Babies will blend the arts and sciences with an astounding array of replica dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe.

  • Agatha Christie: Unfinished Portrait

17 June – 3 September

Agatha’s Christie’s story is a moving and emotional tale with the unexpected twists of luck, sadness and joy. Her fascinating story will be told using images from her family archive, including personal notes and letters.


This programme of exhibitions and associated activity will form part of the Welsh Government’s 2017 Year of Legends.

Amgueddfa Cymru will also showcase its individual museums and specific exhibits that are legends in their own right. These include St Fagans National History Museum, one of the world’s best open-air museums and voted Britain’s ‘most-loved museum’ in 2012 by readers of the popular consumer magazine Which?; National Museum Cardiff, which is home to one of the finest collections of impressionist art in Europe; Big Pit National Coal Museum, which won the Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year in 2005, and is one of only two sites in the UK where visitors can go underground in an original coal mine; and the National Slate Museum, which is located in the foothills of Snowdonia – the natural adventure playground of North Wales.