Our Visit To National Museum Cardiff

Of all the museums to visit in Cardiff, our favourite is the National Museum Cardiff in the city centre and particularly the dinosaurs! It’s a great place to spend a slightly overcast bank holiday afternoon – and it’s free!

This particular museum is one of the National Museum of Wales’ portfolio which includes 7 museums across Wales including St. Fagans where we are also frequent visitors.

museums to visit in Cardiff -Caitlin and Ieuan outside National Museum Cardiff

Double trouble about to land!

museums to visit in Cardiff - the imposing entrance to National Museum Cardiff

The imposing entrance to National Museum Cardiff

I used to visit when I was a child and just going through the door (in those days it still revolved) used to be exciting. The grandeur of the building never fails to disappoint. I still love the echoing hush and the coolness of the marble offering welcome shade on hot sunny days.

My grandfather, Henry Brooks, used to be a museum warden for Plymouth City Museum and I often wonder about his time guarding the antiquities there. A quiet and thoughtful man, Henry always had a kind word for everyone and was well loved there.

museums to visit in Cardiff - toy dinosaurs in the National Museum Cardiff

Spotted these cute little fellas in the gift shop.

We had to stop to inspect the crystals before our trip into the Natural History section. Caitlin is obsessed with crystals and jewels. She already has expensive tastes.

museums to visit in Cardiff - Caitlin about to explore the crystal display

Caitlin exploring crystals

museums to visit in Cardiff - ammonite fossils

Ammonite Fossils – much better than the ones I found on The Knap Beach in Barry

museums to visit in Cardiff - zinc copper minerals

Zinc-copper minerals

museums to visit in Cardiff - Mat & Caitlin looking at crystals

Mat and Caitlin inspecting the crystals

Museums to visit in Cardiff - large crystals on display at National Museum Cardiff

Impressively large crystals

After inspecting some mightily impressive crystals, we went on our quest to find the dinosaurs.

museums to visit in Cardiff - entrance to the dinosaur display

A prehistoric scene

museums to visit in Cardiff - brontosauras skeleton

A brontosaurus – I think!

museums to visit in Cardiff - T-Rex skeleton

The mighty T-Rex

What do you call a dinosaur with one eye?  A didyouthinkhesawus?  Oh please yourselves.

Woolly Mammoth
A Woolly Mammoth & Baby – Automated, much to Ieuan’s delight
Laughing Hyena
Prehistoric Hyena


Deer Skeleton
Moose skeleton
Mammoth Skeleton
Woolly Mammoth skeleton
A Bison

What’s the difference between a buffalo and a bison?  You can wash your hands in a bison.  OK, think I’ll forget the jokes.


Caitlin and Ieuan with the Dinosaurs
Caitlin & Ieuan
Dad and Ieuan
Dad & Son Bonding Time

After a good half hour in prehistoric times, it was time to retire to the coffee shop for a much needed refreshment break.


Museum of Wales Cardiff Coffee Shop
Ieuan – tired out
Museum of Wales Cardiff Coffee Shop
Caitlin in the cafe
National Museum of Wales Cardiff
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff – a great afternoon out.

Further information can be found at www.museumwales.ac.uk/cardiff/.  The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday between 10 am and 5 pm.  (The Galleries close at 4:45 pm). The museum is closed on Mondays. Telephone 0300 111 2 333.

There are lots of museums to visit in Cardiff but this one remains our favourite.  Have you ever visited National Museum Cardiff?




  1. Sharon McLauchlan
    26 August, 2015 / 10:19 pm

    we love museums and this one looks great.

  2. 4 April, 2015 / 8:51 am

    This looks like a great day out. I really like visiting museums, so living in London I have a lot to choose from x

  3. Amy Deverson
    4 April, 2015 / 9:07 am

    Looks like so much fun! It's great that it's free too – I live in Bristol and have been meaning to visit the museum for ages, it looks great. x

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