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National Museum Cardiff

5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)
  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Ages 0-8
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Information

There's plenty for families and children at the National Museum in Cardiff, whenever you visit and whatever your interests.

A firm family favourite is our Evolution of Wales gallery where you can journey millions of years through time and come face to face with dinosaurs and giant mammals like the Woolly Mammoth.

The Natural History galleries take you on a tour of wildlife in Wales through woodlands and to the seashore. See the giant basking shark, a hump-backed whale skeleton, plus and the world's largest leatherback turtle!

The Art galleries are home to amazing paintings, drawings and sculpture from the last 500 years including Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso. Remember to collect an activity booklet to help you explore the collections.

Origins is The Archaeology gallery and houses objects from the very earliest humans, 230,000 years ago. You can find out what life in Wales was like in the Stone Age, through Roman times and up to the Middle Ages.

And don't miss the Clore Discovery Centre where you can discover and handle hundreds of objects. Investigate bronze age weapons, dinosaur bones, tropical insects, or ceramics: whatever takes your interest! Use microscopes and magnifiers to get the big picture, and if you're a budding scientist or have a treasure at home, bring in your mystery objects and we'll help you identify them.

Also look out for family trails and activity sheets to help you explore the galleries.

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Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Closed 24th - 26th December & 1st January


Free admission

Travel & Contact Information


Cathays Park, Cardiff, Glamorgan and Cardiff, CF10 3NP, Wales

Phone number

029 2057 3000



Click here to visit National Museum Cardiff's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

There are baby food facilities available.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant.

Yes, National Museum Cardiff is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

No, National Museum Cardiff have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

National Museum Cardiff has not told us if they are dog friendly.


Great day out for all the family. 5 out of 5 stars

Turn right as you enter the museum to see the dinosaurs and moving mammoth but the piece de resistance is the art galleries of you can coax the kids upstairs to see them they’re well worth a visit. Take a picnic and sit on the lawns out the front on a sunny day. Keep an eye out for any special exhibitions, in my experience they are well worth the separate entrance fee.

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