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.
22 June–15 September 2019
Discover the slithering, secret life of snakes with this family friendly exhibition.
Find out more about these extraordinary creatures in our summer exhibition which delves into the captivating life of snakes, bringing to light their beauty, mystery and amazing story of where and how they live.
You will come face to face with live specimens, including a boa constrictor and a royal python, learn about the importance of conservation and discover what life is like in countries where encounters with deadly snakes are a daily occurrence.
Objects on display include a Burmese python skeleton, preserved snakes and award-winning photographs of snakes from around the world. There will be fun interactive displays for all ages including snake puzzles and a quiz. You can even find out what snake weight you are!
Snakes is a touring exhibition created by Blue Tokay, with additional content from the natural sciences collections of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. The exhibition is supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.
Buy your tickets on the day of your visit. Tickets cannot be bought in advance. Last entry 4pm.
David Nash: Sculpture Through the Seasons
3 May–1 September 2019
David Nash: Sculpture through the Seasons is the largest and most ambitious exhibition of David Nash’s work ever presented in Wales. The exhibition marks the fiftieth anniversary of the artist living and working in Capel Rhiw – a former Methodist chapel in Blaenau Ffestiniog, north Wales.
The exhibition features key sculptures from the late 1960s to the present day, exploring the different ways the artist has cut, carved and manipulated wood to produce sculptures that sit between the abstract and figurative.
Trees and the natural environment are central to Nash’s work, which extends to living sculptures including Ash Dome – a work that emerged from the planting of a circle of 22 ash trees in 1977. These time-based works are included in the exhibition through photographs, films and drawings.
David Nash is one of Britain’s most important artists, his work has featured in exhibitions across the world and he is represented in many major museum collections. This international reputation was formed in the particulars of place and environment – the studio at Capel Rhiw and the seasons and elements of the surrounding Snowdonia landscape.
This exhibition is accompanied by the major publication David Nash: 200 Seasons at Capel Rhiw published by Amgueddfa Cymru.
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.