history museums in Cardiff & South Wales
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Cardiff & South Wales Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Cardiff & South Wales...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Cardiff & South Wales Museums and Galleries

blank tabBUTETOWN HISTORY & ARTS CENTREMuseums & Galleries
4 Dock Chambers, Bute Street, Cardiff, CF10 5AG
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Located on Bute Street, 2 minutes walk from Mermaid Quay. By Car: (West) M4 Junction 33 or (East) M4 Junction 29 following signs to Cardiff Bay. The Centre features exhibitions about Tiger Bay, Cardiff Bay and multi-cultural Britain.

These exhibitions draw upon BHAC's extensive image and sound archive, which has been developed with the active participation of the local community.

Take a look around our Diversity gallery where regular 2 month exhibitions are held featuring local and international artists.

The Centre also publishes books, runs an educational programme and serves as an intimate venue for music, poetry and other cultural events.
Tel: 029 20 256757
E-mail: arts@bhac.org
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blank tabRHONDDA HERITAGE PARKMuseums & Galleries
Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Coed Cae Road, Trehafod, Rhondda, Cynon Taff, CF37 7NP

Discover the unique character of the world famous Rhondda Valleys through multimedia presentations, artefacts museum and visitor centre. With an ex-miner tour guide ride ''The Cage'' to ''Pit Bottom'', explore the underground workings and take a thrill ride back to the surface. FREE ADMISSION to the visitor centre, art gallery and restaurant. School visits and group bookings of 10+ welcome at all times by prior arrangement - special rates available. Visitors are advised to check tour availability prior to visiting.
Tel: 01443 682036    Fax: 01443 687420
E-mail: reception@rhonddaheritagepark.com
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blank tabPONTYPRIDD MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Bridge Street, Pontypridd, CF37 4PE
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Pontypridd Museum is located in the historic Tabernacle Chapel at the north end of Taff Street, close to Pontypridd bus station and within walking distance of the train station. It tells the story of the vibrant town and its people through a variety of exhibits, archive film, historic objects and working models.

The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions and events throughout the year, including our ever popular model railway show in November. Entry to the museum is free.

Visitors to the area can also find out about other local attractions at our Tourist Information Point.
Tel: 01443 490748    Fax: 01443 490741
E-mail: enquiries@pontypriddmuseum.org.uk
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blank tabNATIONAL MUSEUM CARDIFFMuseums & Galleries
Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP
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Discover art, archaeology and the geological evolution of Wales in the heart of the capital's elegant civic centre.

See five hundred years of magnificent paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics including one of Europe's best collections of Impressionist works.

Discover the secrets of our ancestors, from the Neanderthals a quarter of a million years ago, with everyday objects and beautiful artefacts in the archaeology gallery Origins: in search of early Wales.

Take an amazing 4,600 million-year journey in Evolution of Wales, from the very beginning of time to the present day. Come face-to-face with dinosaurs and woolly mammoths.
Tel: 029 20 397951See our website

Penarth, South Glamorgan, CF6 5UY
Cosmeston recreates the fascinating world of Medieval life.

The village, which is built around an authentic 12th century fortified manor, has been made to emulate life in the year 1350.

Actors in period costumes tell the tale of daily life long ago, and self-guided audio tours are also available.

Guided tours run daily at 12.00pm, 1.00pm, and 3.30pm.
Establishment Disabled FacilitiesTel: 029 2070 9141    Fax: 029 2070 8686
E-mail: CosmestonLakes@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

blank tabST FAGANS: NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Cardiff, CF5 6XB. 4 miles west of City Centre, just off the A4232
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Take a walk around Wales from Celtic times to present day in one of Europe's leading open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction.

Explore over forty original buildings from different historical periods, re-erected in the 100-acre parkland.

St. Fagans is brought alive in workshops where craftsmen still demonstrate their traditional skills.

Their produce is usually on sale. Native breeds of livestock can be seen in the fields and farmyards and demonstrations of farming tasks take place daily.
Tel: 029 2057 3500See our website

blank tabNATIONAL ROMAN LEGION MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
High Street, Caerleon, Newport, NP18 1AE
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Step back in time and explore a far-flung outpost of the mighty Roman Empire. Today at Caerleon you can see exhibitions and artefacts that show us how the Romans lived, fought, worshipped and died.

Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the beautiful Roman garden and, at weekends and school holidays, children can step back in time in a full-sized barrack room, try on replica armour and experience the life of a Roman soldier.

The nearby Roman Ruins include the most complete amphitheatre in Britain and the only remains of a Roman Legionary barracks on view anywhere in Europe.
Tel: 01633 423134See our website

blank tabBIG PIT: NATIONAL COAL MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Blaenafon, Torfaen, NP4 9XP
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Visit a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums. Go 300 feet (90 metres) underground with a real miner and see what life was like for the thousands of men who worked at the coalface.

There are facilities to educate and entertain all ages. Enjoy a multi-media tour of a modern coal mine with a virtual miner in the mining galleries, take in exhibitions in the Pithead Baths and explore historic colliery buildings.

Big Pit is a living, breathing reminder of the coal industry in Wales and the people and society it created.
Tel: 01495 790311See our website


54 b/c Bute Street, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AF
Tel: 02920 650 016    Fax: 02920 650 016
: bayart@tiscali.co.uk

BayArt is situated in the heart of Cardiff Bay, an increasingly important recreational, tourist and cultural area. The gallery provides a large elegant space in which to view and take pleasure in contemporary art.

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Martin Tinney Gallery

18 St Andrews Crescent, Cardiff, CF10 3DD
Tel: 029 2064 1411     E-mail: mtg@artwales.com

Martin Tinney Gallery is Wales' premier commercial gallery. Established in Cardiff in 1989, the gallery specialises in leading 20th century and contemporary Welsh and Wales-based artists.

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The Regimental Museum of the Welsh Regiment (41st -69th Foot) of The Royal Welsh

The Black & Barbican Towers, The Castle, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF10 2RB
Tel: 029 2022 9367     E-mail: welsh@rrw.org.uk

The museum commemorates the services of the infantry in South Wales, namely the Welsh Regiment (1719-1969) and more recently the Royal Regiment of Wales. In addition the museum commemorates the history of the Glamorgan militia and the auxiliary land forces of South Wales (1757-1969) which includes the Infantry and the Rifle Volunteers.

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Turner House Gallery

Plymouth Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan , CF64 3DH
Tel: 029 2070 8870    E-mail: turnerhouse@ffotogallery.org

The Gallery is located 5 miles south of Cardiff city centre, and houses a changing exhibition of fine art photography.

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