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Families National Museum Cardiff

Evolution of Wales gallery  - National Museum Cardiff
Evolution of Wales gallery  - National Museum Cardiff

There's plenty for families and children to enjoy at National Museum Cardiff, whenever you visit and whatever your interests!

A firm family favourite is our Evolution of Wales gallery where you can journey through time, from the Big Bang and the formation of the earth. You will see moon rock, meteorites, volcanoes, dinosaurs, trilobites and woolly mammoths - up close!

You can also explore the Natural History of Wales, through woodlands and to the seashores in the Natural History galleries. See if you can spot the basking shark, the fox, the hump-backed whale and the world's largest leatherback turtle! Which animal is your favourite?

The Art galleries are home to amazing paintings, drawings and sculpture from the last 500 years up to the present day. Take a look - and remember to collect an activity booklet to help you explore the collections.

Don't miss the Clore Discovery Centre where you can open up the drawers to discover and handle hundreds of museum objects. Investigate bronze age weapons, dinosaur bones, tropical insects, or ceramics – whatever takes your interest! Use the microscopes and magnifiers to get the big picture, and if you are a budding scientist or have a treasure at home, bring in your mystery objects and we’ll help you identify them.

In addition to all of this, look out for family trails and activity sheets to help you explore the galleries and make sure you pick up a copy of Whats On which lists all of the family events and activities we hold throughout the year.

If you have any other questions - just ask! Email us at post@museumwales.ac.uk or call 029 2039 7951. We look forward to seeing you soon

Family Events

What's On

Events

Date EventDetails
1217 April 2014Family Workshops: Spring BirdsFamilies / Free / Places limited, book at the Information Desk
1227 April 2014Family Workshop: Torn Paper LandscapesFamilies / Free / Drop-in activity, but spaces may be limited.
1517 April 2014Family Workshop: Creating ConstableFamilies / Free / Nifer cyfyngedig o lefydd felly archebwch wrth y Dderbynfa
17 April 2014Poppy SowingFamilies / Free
1821 April 2014Easter HuntFamilies / Free
2225 April 2014Family Workshops: Nature in ArtFamilies / Free / Places limited, book at the Information Desk
11 May 2014Poppy SowingFamilies / Free
24 May 2014Family Biodiversity Day Families / Free
24 May–1 June 2014Family workshop: Them bones Families / Free / Drop-in activity, but spaces may be limited.
2428 May 2014Family Workshops: Beautiful ButterfliesFamilies / Free / Places limited, book at the Information Desk
2730 May 2014Family Workshops: Words and PicturesFamilies / Free / Places limited, book at the Information Desk
28 May 2014Family Natural Sciences Lunchtime TalkFamilies / Free / Places limited, book at the Information Desk
14 June 2014Family Workshops: Brilliant BeesFamilies / Free / Places limited, book at the Information Desk
21 June 2014Refugee DayFamilies / Free
5 July 2014Family Workshops: Painting in the MeadowFamilies / Free / Places limited, book at the Information Desk
1925 July 2014Family Tours: Nature in a New LightFamilies / Free / Places limited, book at the Information Desk
19 July–1 August 2014Family Workshop: I Spy...NatureFamilies / Free / Drop-in activity, but spaces may be limited.
19 July–31 August 2014Summer Family Treasure Trail Families / Free
29 July–1 August 2014Family Tours: Nature in a New LightFamilies / Free / Places limited, book at the Information Desk
30 July 2014Family Natural Sciences Lunchtime TalkFamilies / Free / Places limited, book at the Information Desk
2–3 & 9–10 AugustCondensed Histories: World War One showsFamilies / Free
2–3, 9–10, 16–17, 23–24 & 30–31 AugustFamily Workshops: Rock On!Families / Free / Places limited, book at the Information Desk
217 August 2014Family Workshop: Propaganda Posters Families / Free / Drop-in activity, but spaces may be limited.
529 August 2014Landmarks in the LandscapeFamilies / Free
58 August 2014Family Workshops: Making ArtFamilies / Free / Places limited, book at the Information Desk
1215 August 2014Family Workshops: Making ArtAll / Free / Places limited, book at the Information Desk
16–17 & 23–24 AugustComforts for the Troops: First World War family workshopsFamilies / Free / Drop-in activity, but spaces may be limited.
1922 August 2014Family Workshops: Making ArtFamilies / Free / Places limited, book at the Information Desk
1931 August 2014Family Workshop: Beautiful BuildingsFamilies / Free / Drop-in activity, but spaces may be limited.
2629 August 2014Family Workshops: Making ArtFamilies / Free / Places limited, book at the Information Desk
27 August 2014Family Natural Sciences Lunchtime TalkAll / Free / Places limited, book at the Information Desk
31 August 2014Harvest the MeadowFamilies / Free
20 September 2014BeachwatchFamilies / Free / Booking essential email eventscardiff@museumwales.ac.uk

Food and Drink

Make yourself at home in our Oriel Restaurant, situated on the lower ground floor. Whether you want to re-fuel you and your little ones with a snack or sit down for lunch as a family, our welcoming restaurant has a menu for all tastes and ages. Choose from a range of sandwiches, home-made soup, hot lunches, cakes, fresh fruit and drinks. Child portions are available for smaller tummies, or you can choose a pick n mix lunch box. Our children’s play area and activity sheets will keep your little ones busy — while you get to finish your lunch!

Our coffee shop is a great spot to relax and take in the atmosphere of the beautiful Main Hall. Here you can enjoy variety of home-made cakes and sandwiches and also hot and cold drinks.

High-chairs are available at both the restaurant and coffee shop. We sell jars of baby food and you can warm your own bottles too — just ask. Baby changing facilities are also available.


oriel_adult_menu.en.pdf
Adult Menu


oriel_kids_menu.pdf
Children‘s Dine-osaur Menu

The Museum Shop

Call in to our gift shop which has a section especially for toys, educational material and activity kits. A wide range of books, prints and postcards are also available.

Too much to carry?

Don’t worry about wrestling buggies, bags and coats around the galleries. You can always leave your buggy in our buggy park and we have lockers too which are plenty big enough for all your coats and bags. You’ll just need a £1 coin, which is refundable at the end of your visit. Please note that children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Kids parties

Why not consider hosting your child’s birthday celebration here? There's plenty of entertainment to keep them amused for hours — from dinosaurs to various activities and hands-on fun with museum objects in the Clore Discovery Centre. The catering can be taken care of with a selection of either hot or cold meals, puddings and drinks.