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National Museum Cardiff
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Ranked #7 of 167 things to do in Cardiff
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Witness one of Europe's finest art collections. 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. The building also has galleries showing the diverse natural history of Wales, as well as a journey taking you through the Evolution of Wales (with dinosaur displays) from the very beginnings of time to the present day.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children
Reviewed 28 August 2014

We took our grandson to this museum on Monday 25th August.
The first thing was-it was free.
As a 6yr old, his main interest was The Dinosaurs. These exhibits were wonderfully displayed.
Our grandson had been before but was still enthralled by what he saw.
We also went to the Art Gallery. My wife is really interested in Van Gough. This is probably Wales's best kept secret.
A wonderful day out except for the price of the food in Oriel Fach.

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Reviewed 27 August 2014 via mobile

We visited here on bank holiday Monday! If I'm honest we only left ourselves 2 and a half hours to look around it all, as we didn't think it would be very good as it was FREE!
How wrong were we? It was very interesting and interactive! The museum is laid out beautifully with lots of different things to see! It is an ideal day out for children! We actually only managed to see one part of the museum and we plan on visiting again to see the rest! We visited the little coffee shop near the entrance and had delicious cakes and got drinks, which wasn't badly priced! Overall a lovely couple of hours out which could have been a lot longer!! :-)

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Reviewed 26 August 2014

My kids love the place and it is free, will go again
they also loved the activity to do within the museum which encourage them to look in every chamber and been curious about the art section.

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Reviewed 23 August 2014

Visited with our three children aged 17, 11 and 9. Natural history part was okay but a poor cousin of the Natural History Museum, London. However, the art collection was stunning we were lucky enough to see Constables painting of Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, (which is there until the 7th September) alongside Monet, and many other wonderful artists.

All in all this is free and a wonderful way to spend a few hours of your time, the staff are all friendly and approachable.

Thank angharad m
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

The art exhibitions were closed on the day I visited, so this review only focuses on the natural history section of the museum.

There are some interesting exhibits, particularly in the dinosaur section, but I couldn't help but feel that the displays themselves were slowly becoming natural history. The video technology was probably cutting edge in the early 90s, but they should have been replaced years ago. The lava room also sticks in the memory as an aged, plastic monstrosity.

One other gripe: videos are played in a rotation of once in Welsh and then once in English. I can understand the need for bilingual displays and films, however having is 50/50 split is ridiculous as Welsh speakers probably only make up <5% of the guests. Surely has to be a better way using current technology?

Thank SwanseaMac
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