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National Museum Cardiff

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Cardiff, Glamorgan and Cardiff, Wales

  • Outside view of National Museum Cardiff at night
  • Family looking at skeleton at National Museum Cardiff

Attraction Information

  • Museums and Art Galleries icon Museums and Art Galleries

Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3) and Young Children (4-8)

Venue type: Indoor

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.


  • Picnics Allowed Picnics Allowed
  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available Nearby Parking Available Nearby

Getting There and Contact Information


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


Click here to visit National Museum Cardiff's website
029 2057 3000

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday (most Bank Holiday Mondays) 10:00 - 17:00 (Art galleries close 16:45)


Free admission.

Pre-booked groups benefit from:

10% off in the museum cafe and restaurant on a minimum spend of £5 per person

10% off in the museum shop on a minimum spend of £5 per person

Free guided tours.

Complimentary refreshments for coach driver.

More Information

Eating information

The Oriel Restaurant has a menu for all tastes and ages including sandwiches, home-made soup, hot lunches, cakes, fresh fruit and drinks. Child portions are available or choose a pick n mix lunch box. Children's play area and activity sheets available. The Coffee Shop is a great spot to relax and take in the atmosphere of the beautiful Main Hall with home-made cakes and sandwiches and also hot and cold drinks. High-chairs are available at both the restaurant and coffee shop. Kids' parties: Why not consider hosting your child's birthday celebration there? There's plenty of entertainment to keep them amused for hours and the catering can be taken care of with a selection of either hot or cold meals, puddings and drinks.


Baby changing facilities are available. Disabled toilets are situated in the Oriel Restaurant.

Gift shop

The gift shop which has a section especially for toys, educational material and activity kits. A wide range of books, prints and postcards are also available.

Baby food facilities

They sell jars of baby food and you can warm your own bottles too, just ask.


Great day out for all the family.

5 star Rating 5 / 5

Written by . 12.04.18

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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