Housing Wales’s national art, natural history and geology collections, and temporary exhibitions
National Museum Cardiff is situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre and houses world class art and natural history, including Wales’s national art, natural history and geology collections, as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions.
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If you want to stand and stare, there’s plenty to please your eye – from Impressionist paintings to gigantic dinosaurs. For exploring you can pick up a range of gallery trails to guide you around the Museum. With a busy programme of exhibitions and events, we have something to amaze everyone, whatever your interest – and admission is free!
Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre, today National Museum Cardiff houses Wales’s national art, natural history and geology collections, as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions. If you want to stand and stare, there’s plenty to please your eye – from Impressionist paintings to gigantic dinosaurs. For exploring you can pick up a range of gallery trails to guide you around the Museum.
The Art collection includes one of the finest collections of Impressionist paintings in Europe. See five hundred years of magnificent paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics from Wales and across the world. The Museum also has the largest space in Wales for the display of modern and contemporary art. Artists on show include Monet, Renoir, Rodin, Cézanne, Turner, Degas, Magritte, Graham Sutherland, and Welsh-born Richard Wilson, Thomas Jones and Sir William Goscombe John, plus pre-Raphelite works from Victorian Britain and British landscape art.
The Natural History galleries house animals, birds and insects from Wales and all over the world, including the world’s largest Leatherback Turtle, an enormous basking shark and the huge skeleton of a Humpback Whale. Discover the diverse natural history of Wales on this expedition from the seashore to the woodland and beyond. Enjoy the spectacular gallery scene based on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, one of the most important seabird colonies in north-west Europe and discover springtime in our Welsh oak woodland.
In the Evolution of Wales gallery find out more about the Big Bang 4600 million years ago and how our planet was formed until the last Ice Age, when our modern landscape was shaped. Here you will take a journey through space and time where you
can see real meteorites, a piece of moon rock, spectacular fossils and come face to face with dinosaur skeletons and woolly mammoths.
The museum has something to offer everyone and has a regular programme of events and activities.
Admission Free. Opening times: 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays.
To mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, we will be displaying twelve of his greatest drawings as part of #Leonardo500 – a national celebration of this extraordinary artist.
The drawings are from the Royal Collection which contains the world’s finest collection of Leonardo’s works.
In February 2019, a total of 144 of Leonardo’s exquisite drawings will be on show in 12 simultaneous exhibitions across the UK, including National Museum Cardiff.
These exhibitions will be followed by major displays at The Queen’s Galleries in Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh.
The works have been selected to show the extraordinary scope of the artist’s interests – painting, sculpture, architecture, music, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany – as well as his use of different media – pen and ink, red and black chalks, watercolour and metal point.
You can buy your tickets on the day of your visit: Adults £5, Concessions £4, 16 years and under Free. 50% discount for National Art Pass holders. Tickets cannot be bought in advance, only on the day, with a limited number of tickets available so please arrive early.
See two shows for less: Visit the exhibition in one city and get half price entry to the other. Valid in Cardiff and Bristol only. Please retain your exhibition ticket to redeem the offer.
A catalogue to support the nationwide Leonardo 500 celebration is available from our shop and online. It is written by Martin Clayton, Head of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust, and features all the drawings on display across the country.
2018 marks 100 years since the birth of John Kyffin Williams (1918 – 2006), arguably Wales’ most popular and prolific landscape painter of the twentieth century. Born in Llangefni, Williams’ career spanned more than sixty years. His personal, distinctive style focused on the rural landscape of Snowdonia, its cottages and hill farmers.
Williams had a long history with Amgueddfa Cymru, both as an artist, and as a member of its art committee for many years from the early 1960s. This display explores that relationship through artwork and archival material.
Telephone: +44 (0) 29 2039 7951
National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park
Cardiff CF10 3NP
Tuesday – Sunday
10:00 – 17:00
Open most bank holiday Mondays.
Junction 32 of the M4. For satnav use the post code CF10 3NP.
From Cardiff Central Bus Station take bus number 53 or 85 to the Museum. From Cardiff Bay take the Bay Car bus number 6. You can plan your journey using the Traveline Cymru website or by calling their helpline on 0300 200 22 33.
The nearest train station is Cathays Station, approximately 5 minutes walk from the Museum.
Cardiff, CF10 3NP United Kingdom
- Saturday 21 September 5:30 pm - Sunday 22 September 9:00 am
- Saturday 19 October, 2019 10:00 am - Sunday 26 January, 2020 5:00 pm