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Escape the crowds this Christmas

National Museum Cardiff open late on two dates for Christmas

 Late night openings at Museums have become regular features in many parts of the UK. This Christmas - on 9 and 16 December 2008 - National Museum Cardiff in the beautiful civic centre will follow this trend and open its doors beyond formal opening hours, offering visitors an alternative to the hustle and bustle of high street shopping.

You don't have to endure the weekend crowds or the long lunchtime queues this year. Visit National Museum Cardiff's Christmas Fayre from 10am until 8pm on both Tuesdays to find that special gift at the Museum shop or from a range of craft stalls selling baby hats and booties; jewellery; ceramics; handbags; prints, paintings, and much more.

Santa will be amongst those entertaining the whole family (from 12noon until 7:30pm). In addition, Cbeebies and Bobinogs' Ruth Morgan will be signing copies of her book Sglod and Chips and reading extracts in Welsh and English, and Jack Frost and the Ice Queen from NoFitState Circus will be guarding the hot chestnuts under the portico, encouraging passers by to shelter from the cold.

If it's warmth you're after, enjoy mulled wine or hot soup at the Museum's café.

Mark Richards, Director of Operations, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales added:

"This is the first time National Museum Cardiff has held two Christmas Fayre events opening well into the evening for the public, and we're delighted to have the support of so many from the city. You won't be able to resist the fantastic festive music provided by Cardiff and Vale Music Service Junior School Choir and Symphonic Brass during your visit. The Museum's own staff choir will also be starring on 16 December.

"Or if you're looking to escape the festive fever, our galleries will be open for you to enjoy our wonderful national collection."

Admission to the event and the Museum is free thanks to the Welsh Assembly Government.

National Museum Cardiff is one of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales's seven national museums. The others are St Fagans: National History Museum, the National Roman Legionary Museum, Big Pit: National Coal Museum, the National Wool Museum, the National Slate Museum and the National Waterfront Museum. 


For further information, please contact Catrin Mears, Communications Officer on (029) 2057 3185 / 07920 027067 or email



Date: 8 December 2008
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