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The Museums of Cardiff, Wales

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National Museum Cardiff

The National Museum Cardiff is an institution full of Welsh art, archaeology, zoology, botany and geology. This museum has been around since 1927, and is located in the center of Cardiff’s civic center. Its art gallery is full of items by some famous painters from Wales, including landscapes by Richard Wilson, and works by siblings Augustus John and Gwen John. There are also some sculptures, drawings, silver and ceramics from Wales and around the world. The National Museum Cardiff’s Evolution of Wales section is great for those interested in science and history, as it goes back to the Big Bang Theory, through times of extinct animals like mammoths and dinosaurs.

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Firing Line: Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Solider

Located in Cardiff Castle, the Firing Line goes through 300 years of Welsh history. Some of the historic incidents it covers include the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, Roke’s Drift against the Zulus in 1879 and even soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan in present times. Some of the items displayed in this museum include weapons, medals, coins and uniforms.

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Saint Fagans National History Museum

The Saint Fagans National History Museum is an interesting place full of Welsh heritage represented in many different means. It is one of the best open-air museums in Europe, and takes visitors from the Celtic times through today. The museum is situated on the grounds of the 16th-century Saint Fagans Castle and Garden on 100 acres of parkland. These grounds are full of re-constructed buildings, such as a farm, a school, a traditional Celtic village (shown above), a chapel, houses and a Workmen’s Institute. They also have galleries that represent costumes, instruments, tools and other factors of Welsh daily life.

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Techniquest

Techniquest is a science and discovery center located in Cardiff Bay. It is a hands-on museum that encourages visitors to engage everyone in math and science. They have an exhibition area, a Science Theater, a Laboratory and a Planetarium. This is a nice place to take children.

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Castell Coch

Castell Coch is located in Tongwynlais, a village in the north of Cardiff in the hills. It is a Gothic revival castle that was built in the 1800s, on the site of a castle built in the 1200s.

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