Our Visit To the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

We love visiting the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff and particularly the dinosaurs!  

A great way to spend a slightly overcast bank holiday afternoon – and it’s free!

National Museum of Wales is one of our favourite museums to visit
Double Trouble About To Land 
Starting our Museum Visit
The Imposing Entrance to Cardiff Museum

I used to visit when I was a child and just going through the door (in those days it revolved!) used to be exciting. 

The grandeur of the building never fails to disappoint.

Dinosaur Toys
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.

Crystals and Minerals at the National Museum of Wales Cardiff
Caitlin, waiting to explore crystals
Ammonite Fossils
Ammonite Fossils – much better than the ones I found on The Knap Beach in Barry
Zinc & Copper Minerals
Zinc-copper minerals
Caitlin and Dad making a close inspection
Dad and Caitlin inspecting

Large crystals
Enormous crystals!

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

A prehistoric scene
A prehistoric scene

Dinosaur Skeleton
A Brontosaurus – I think!
Dinosaur Skeleton
Not sure about this one!
Wouldn’t like to be nipped by this one
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 5pm.  (The Galleries close at 4:45 pm). The museum is closed on Mondays. Telephone 0300 111 2 333.


Ex marketing professional turned family lifestyle blogger. I live in Cardiff with hubby Mat, Caitlin (10) and Ieuan (8).

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

Amy Deverson

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

Sharon McLauchlan

we love museums and this one looks great.