Thursday, June 09, 2016

National Museum Cardiff, An Unexpected Gem


When we decided to visit National Museum Cardiff on our Cardiff trip, I imagined that it would be a quick look around before we headed somewhere else. I couldn't have been more wrong.
Although I had visited a couple of times before, it was with impatient children in tow, and I now realise that I must have only seen a tiny fraction of the Museum's galleries. We had planned on a flying visit before going to get the Aquabus, but we ended up spending the whole morning at the Museum, and even then we didn't have time to explore as fully as we would have liked.


 I was absolutely blown away by the natural history galleries of the Museum. Not only are they extremely informative, they are so creatively presented.



I was enchanted by the different scenes on display-a woodland area with a badger sett, foxgloves, and a tree which extended into the next floor, a pine forest, and cliffs with rockpools.


They were so realistic that it felt almost like being on holiday in various remote areas, but they also had an almost magical feel to them-perhaps because of the odd juxtaposition of an outdoor scene indoors.

The collections were also extremely extensive and in depth, with one of the biggest galleries devoted to marine life I have ever seen. Throughout the Museum there were eye catching details which really brought the exhibits to life, such as the lava effect walls in a geology exhibit and the cave like arches in the dinosaur exhibits.


I really feel that interesting displays and environments make both children and adults much more receptive to learning, so I was really happy to see the effort that had gone into creating an immersive and illuminative experience.


We were so entranced by the natural history and Evolution of Wales galleries that we didn't have much time to look around the impressive art collection, but I did get to see Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Fair Rosamund in the flesh, so I was very happy. I also looked at a beautiful Arts and Crafts Movement bureau and the miniature maquettes for the Animal Wall, which were enough to hint that there would be plenty more to catch my interest if I had been able to stay a little longer.


I really hope that I can go back to National Museum Cardiff again, with a more relaxed schedule this time. I would definitely recommend a trip to this Museum if you are in Cardiff, and it seems like a perfect place to take children.

If you want to visit, you can find details on their website- https://museum.wales/cardiff/

8 comments:

  1. Love that woolly mammoth skeleton, so cool and I would have loved the marine exhibits too - there's just something lovely about seeing these types of exhibits in museums. Fair Rosamund is such a lovely and expressive painting as well so I'm glad you got to see it, and I hope you get to go back at some point again - I must visit Cardiff! - Tasha

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    1. Yes I like the almost slightly old fashioned exhibits in museums. Bristol Museum has some nice ones too. There is so much to do in Cardiff, I really recommend it!

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  2. The natural history galleries look amazing and what you wrote about the art galleries, too! I sure hope I'll make it to Wales someday, I'll surely visit the museum then.

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    1. I think Wales is very "you". Lots of interesting folklore.

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  3. Wow this place looks so magical! Definitely going to add this to my to-do list x

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    1. It really was very magical looking and feeling, which I was quite surprised by in a museum! x

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  4. This place sounds amazing! :)

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