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Museums

As a proud and passionate country we like to show off our history, that’s why our national museums are FREE to visit.

National Museum Cardiff

Our capital city museum is home to the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings outside Paris. The collection includes Renoir's famous 'Blue Lady, La Parisienne', Rodin's 'The Kiss' and Monet's 'Water lilies'. The museum also has massive displays of natural history and science, including the oldest Jurassic dinosaur in the UK, Dracoraptor hanigani, , all under one roof. Open Tuesday - Sunday.

 


St Fagans: National History Museum

This is one of Europe's biggest open-air museums. And it’s alive. Amongst the 40 re-erected historical buildings you’ll see craftsmen demonstrating traditional skills, farming of native breeds of livestock and celebrations of welsh music and dance. The museum shows you in a real life way how the Welsh lived, worked and played. Named as UK’s favourite visitor attraction in a survey by consumer magazine Which?

 

 


Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Winner of the prestigious Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year in 2005, Big Pit is a real coal mine run by real miners. Go 300 feet underground and see what life was like down the pits.

 
 
 

National Waterfront Museum

This museum is crammed full of the latest multimedia technology, making our history come alive. Interactive displays will enable you to see, hear and smell Wales through the industrial revolution. Be warned, some are not pretty.

 

 


National Wool Museum

If you’re feeling a bit crafty then visit our national wool museum in the centre of the Teifi valley. The newly refurbished museum tells the story of our historically important wool industry and you can have a go at carding, spinning and sewing your own wool too.

 

 


National Slate Museum

The National Slate Museum is a working piece of history. The story of our slate is told in Victorian workshops where most of the machinery is preserved in its original condition. Skilled craftsmen will show you how we split and dressed the slate. We’ll even let you take a piece of our history home with you. 

 

 


National Roman Legion Museum

See hundreds of Roman objects at the museum — including the oldest recorded piece of writing in Wales and the dazzling gemstone collection. Whilst you’re here, ask about the programme of exciting events. Don’t miss the smells, sights and sounds of the museum’s beautiful garden or the chance to try on armour in the Barrack Room.

 

 


 

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  • Culture 24 
    We have lots of other museums too. Search for Wales on the 24 hour museum and culture website to find out about them.
  • What's On 
    Find out about some of the events and exhibitions at the seven National Museums.
  • www.museumwales.ac.uk 
    For more information and visiting details on all of the above museums.