National Museum Cardiff

National Museum

Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre, it houses Wales’s national art, geology and natural history collections as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions.

The art collection at National Museum Cardiff is one of Europe’s finest.
See five hundred years of magnificent paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics from Wales and across the world, including one of Europe’s best collections of Impressionist art.

Take an amazing journey in The Evolution of Wales from the very beginnings of time to the present day. The story begins in space with the Big Bang and takes you on a 4,600 million-year journey, bringing you face to face with dinosaurs and woolly mammoths along the way. Find out how life evolved in Wales and which dinosaurs roamed the land.

Witness Wales’s diverse natural history on an expedition that begins at the seashore and ends in the mountains. Experience some of the unique environments that make Wales home to over 900 Sites of Special Scientific Interest
National Museum Cardiff is open for 6 days per week: Tuesday to Sunday. The Museum will also be open on Bank Holiday Mondays.

Welsh Government guidelines are different from those in England. You are still required to wear a face covering indoors and to practice social distancing with people you do not live with or who are not in your exclusive extended household when at the museum.

National Museum Cardiff

The Museum remains free to enter. However, to keep you and our staff safe, we have had to reduce the number of people we can welcome on site at any one time. To manage this, all visitors entering the site will need to have booked a free ticket in advance. Sadly, if you don't book and present a valid ticket, you’ll be turned away. We can make no exceptions. Tickets available via Eventbrite.

Book your free ticket in advance

Tickets will be released on a weekly basis every Wednesday for visits on the following week.
Your experience at National Museum Cardiff will be different from what we can normally offer, but we hope you enjoy: Finding out everything about the life of a Welsh icon at the Becoming Richard Burton exhibition (open until 3 October 2021. Please note: This exhibition closes at 4pm); Visiting the inspiring artworks of the Artes Mundi 9 exhibition (open until 5 September 2021); Visiting our Evolution of Wales and Natural Science galleries on the ground floor; On the first floor, you’ll find the fantastic historic art galleries are open for visiting. Here you’ll see work by Botticelli, Richard Wilson and Rembrandt. Currently some of our art galleries – including our world-famous Impressionist gallery – remain CLOSED.

Your safety, and that of our staff, is our priority. To reduce any risks from COVID-19, we have had to change what we do, and the experience at National Museum Cardiff will be different from what we can normally offer. To reduce any risks from COVID-19, we have had to change what we do, and currently some of our art galleries (including our world-famous Impressionist gallery), the Clore Learning Centre and the Virtual

Reality experience remain CLOSED.

For more information please visit our Frequently Answered Questions page. Our toilets will be open, and we have put in place an improved hygiene schedule for your safety. Visitors are required to wear face coverings at our Museums, in line with Welsh Government guidelines and to follow all our safety guidelines while at the Museum, even if you have been vaccinated. We reserve the right to refuse entry to those not wearing a face covering without due cause, for example for health and wellbeing reasons, and to those who flout our other safety guidelines.

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