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National Museum Cardiff – Wales

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The National Museum of Cardiff is Home to Wales’ natural history and art collections. Founded in 1905 and located in central Cardiff in southern Wales, the National Museum is a free-entry establishment that houses millennia of history and centuries of fascinating art.

It currently holds collections that include archaeology, zoology, geology, botany, and fine and applied arts, as well as featuring dozens of temporary exhibitions that change every few months.

THE EVOLUTION OF WALES

Perhaps the museum’s biggest attraction is the “Evolution of Wales” exhibit, which recollects the four-billion-year journey of the nation throughout history from the time of the Big Bang up to the present. It showcases hundreds of archaeological finds from all over Wales and brings visitors face-to-face with woolly mammoths and the skeletons of the biggest dinosaurs to have ever roamed Britain.

CLORE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Clore Discovery Centre, found next to the main museum, showcases the country’s amazing natural history and gives visitors a hands-on chance to experience the museum’s plethora of artifacts that include Bronze Age weapons, fossils of ancient creatures, and some of the weirdest insects in the country. The centre is a perfect example of why Wales is home to nearly a thousand sites of Special Scientific Interest.

FEELING ART-Y?

In addition to all of the above the museum also collects Europe’s finest examples of art, and currently has over 500 years worth of drawings, painting, sculptures, and Impressionist art pieces from across the continent. The gallery contains works from all of the country’s own notable figures, as well as some of Claude Monet- and Vincent Van Gogh’s more famous post-impressionist works including Monet’s Venetian Scenes and Van Gogh’s Rain at Auvers.

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Contact Details

  • Address: Gorsedd Gardens Rd, Cathay's Park, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, CF10 3NP
  • GPS: 51.4854569,-3.1768035000000054
  • Phone: 0044 (0)2920 397 951
  • Part of UK: Wales
  • Sat Nav Postcode: CF10 3NP
  • Entrance Fees: Free Access
  • Disabled Access: Good
  • Visibility from Road: Excellent
  • Image Credits: Matthew Dixon

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