- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Visit National Museum Cardiff
Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre, today National Museum Cardiff houses Wales’s national art, natural history and geology collections, as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions. If you want to stand and stare, there’s plenty to please your eye – from Impressionist paintings to gigantic dinosaurs. For exploring you can pick up a range of gallery trails to guide you around the Museum.
The Art collection includes one of the finest collections of Impressionist paintings in Europe. See five hundred years of magnificent paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics from Wales and across the world. The Museum also has the largest space in Wales for the display of modern and contemporary art. Artists on show include Monet, Renoir, Rodin, Cézanne, Turner, Degas, Magritte, Graham Sutherland, and Welsh-born Richard Wilson, Thomas Jones and Sir William Goscombe John, plus pre-Raphelite works from Victorian Britain and British landscape art.
The Natural History galleries house animals, birds and insects from Wales and all over the world, including the world’s largest Leatherback Turtle, an enormous basking shark and the huge skeleton of a Humpback Whale. Discover the diverse natural history of Wales on this expedition from the seashore to the woodland and beyond. Enjoy the spectacular gallery scene based on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, one of the most important seabird colonies in north-west Europe and discover springtime in our Welsh oak woodland.
In the Evolution of Wales gallery find out more about the Big Bang 4600 million years ago and how our planet was formed until the last Ice Age, when our modern landscape was shaped. Here you will take a journey through space and time where you can see real meteorites, a piece of moon rock, spectacular fossils and come face to face with dinosaur skeletons and woolly mammoths.