National Museum, Cardiff

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    National Museum

    by Balam Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The National Museum was officially opened in 1927 and is situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre Cathays Park. It houses Wales’s National Archaeology, Art, Geology and Natural History Collections, as well as many major touring and small temporary exhibitions.

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    World class museum with stunning collections!

    by aaaarrgh Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Amgeddfa Cynedlaethol Cymru, or National Museum of Wales can be found amongst the Civic Buildings of Cardiff. It has a stunning collection of international (and welsh) paintings, sculpture and ceramics.

    There are interactive displays of Welsh history, geology, flora and fauna (including dinosaurs!) which will keep the kids happy. All of this is FREE!!

    I go every now and then to stare in wonder at the wonderful paintings. They range from the C15th to the present day. Some of the galleries concentrate on Welsh themes. But there are many internationally important figures represented. They include the French Impressionists, such as Monet, Renoir, Pisarro and Rodin. There are also C20th greats, such as Auerbach and Hockney. My favorite work is the panoramic view of London, by the Russian Expressionist Oscar Kokoshka.

    There is also a pleasant cafe in the VAST main hall. And a restaurant, hidden further in the building. The museum staff are usually very knowledgable, and pleased to answer questions.

    The Museum is one of the impressive civic buildings around Cathays Park. Spend some time admiring the City Hall, Law Courts and University Building while you are there.

    The museum is open from every day except Monday, from 10am to 5pm. Check the website for details of visiting exhibitions.

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    by Myfanwe Written Jul 23, 2009

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    The National Museum in Cardiff is housed in an impressive building situated in the Civic Centre. There are archeology, geology and Natural history exhibitions on display together with an impressive Art Collection. During the year the Museum has a fantastic list of free events on subjects ranging from Archeology to Organ Recitals & childrens workshops.

    During breeding season you may be lucky enough to catch sight of the Peregrine Falcons which nest on the roof of the nearby City Hall. The RSPB set up telescopes for you to see the young birds and there is also a webcam which can be seen in the foyer of the Museum.

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    National Museum Cardiff

    by ettiewyn Updated Apr 5, 2012

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    The National Museum is housed in an impressive building in the Civic Centre of Cardiff, an area in the northern part of the city centre. It is only a few minutes walk from the main shopping area and the castle.

    The museum consists of three different parts: Natural history/geology, arts and archaeology. In addition, there are changing exhibitions.

    I first went to the archaeological section which is located on the ground floor. This section was very interesting, it shows displays from palaeolithic times up to the Middle Ages. You can see many stone age tools, beautiful Bronze Age jewelry, Roman household stuff and much more. I really liked this part of the museum and spent much time there.

    I then went to the art section, where there was a bit of a hustle bustle as a concert was about to take place and there were many children and young adults with their instruments who were all very excited. It was still possible to see some of the exhibitions, and I saw mainly historical paintings from Britain and the Netherlands. The exhibition is quite varied with different rooms on different topics, for example nature paintings, Welsh portraits, etc.

    I did not like the geology section that much because it was very "modern", with many colours and interactive exhibits - I prefer the traditional style... In these rooms, and even more in the natural history rooms, there were also many stuffed animals which gives me the creeps, so I hurried along here and did not see much of it.

    The changing exhibition when I visited was South for Science, about Robert Falcon Scott. This was very interesting, as I am fascinated by the Age of Arctic and Antarctic Exploration. The exhibition will be there until the 13th of May 2012. It focuses not only on the aspects of science involved, but also on very personal aspects of Scott's expeditions, showing many photographs and even original postcards and autographs. I found it very moving to read the names, signed by themselves, of the men who later met their terrible fate. Besides the archaeological section, this was definitely the part of the museum I enjoyed most.

    There is of course also a café and a shop. The shop does not only sell souvenirs and books about the topics dealt with in the museum, but all kinds of books about Wales.

    Admission to the museum is free!
    Opening times: 10.00am to 05.00pm daily except mondays, open most bank holiday mondays. Last admission 04.45pm.

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    National Museum of Wales

    by mindcrime Written May 22, 2011

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    I was surprised of the impressive collection of the National Museum of Wales(pic 1). It covers the Welsh history in general so you can see different exhibits from geology of the area to ancient items and modern art. Some evenings they organize music gigs or workshops but we just enjoyed the collection which had a big section dedicated to Asian art.

    It is open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-17.00 and there’s no entrance fee.
    Pics 2&3 were taken inside the museum. You can take pictures without flash.

    On the left of National Museum stand 2 other impressive buildings:
    1)The Cardiff Crown Court
    2)Cardiff City Hall (pic 4) is probably the best of the 3 buildings in beautiful early Edwardian baroque style. It was built by Portland stone, opened in 1906, and if you can visit the first floor you will notice statues made by Pentelicon marble (yes, the same we have in Athens!)

    At the back side is the small Cathays park, part of the University gardens so went there to ask for some nice pubs :) We took some more pictures of the University buildings (pic 5)

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    The National Museum & Gallery,

    by percy961 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff is unique among British museums and galleries in its range of art and science displays.
    The Art Galleries provide magnificent settings for works by some of the world's most famous artists, including the Impressionists.

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    A great place to learn

    by warney Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    What an amazing place to learn, take the kids or just wander around all the exhibitions. I remember going there as a kid with school and with my parents on those rainy saturday's in the winter!

    Things have changed since then (for the better I must add) and you can easily spend a whole day or more looking around, trying the interactive exhibits out or taking a look at many of the art works on show.

    The Art Galleries provide magnificent settings for works by some of the world's most famous artists, including the Impressionists.

    The new Glanely Gallery is a hands-on interactive area with state of the art equipment to help you examine items from the Museum's collections that are normally hidden away, as well as hosting special events, workshops and talks.

    Shops, restaurant, visitor car park, baby changing facilities, cloakrooms

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    National Museum of Wales

    by tvor Written May 11, 2003

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    The National Museum of Wales is a museum and a gallery. It's one of the three famous civic buildings, domed and pillared and surrounded by gardens, in the city center. The buildings were constructed around the turn of the 20th century and made of white Portland stone. The museum has a natural history section, and an archaeology section as well as an extensive collection of Porcelain and china. There is a very good collection of Impressionist and Post Impressionist paintings, a nice group of Rodin statues and sculptures and the best of modern Welsh art.

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    Museum and Art Gallery

    by uglyscot Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Entry to the museum is free. The building itself is designed like so many I have seen with spacious ground floor, numerous side galleries and then an upper storey with galleries. When we were there , we spent most of our time at the ArteMondis exhibition which had been on for a month or so and was about to close. We also looked at some 18th century pottery and the evolution of Welsh civilization.
    There is a cafe on the ground floor. Photography was not allowed at the ArtrMondis exhibition for copyright reasons, but permittd for personal research elsewhere.

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    National Museum of Cardiff

    by roamer61 Written Apr 28, 2003

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    This museum is in close proximity to the castle and can easily be including during a visit. Holds exhibits on Cultural, Natural and Political History. Frequently has special exhibits. There was one on Dinosaurs from China when I was there!

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    National Museum & Gallery of Wales part I

    by a5floor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In the National Museum & Gallery of Wales you will find an international art collection, a series of appealing science galleries and the Glanely Gallery (a fascinating hadns-on room especially for children).
    In the natural history section is the complete skeleton of a humpback whale washed up in 1982. A lively 'Evolution of Wales' exhibit explains the land's global context, and includes a mammoth that waves its trunk and waggles its ears.

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