There are many books published on Diane Arbus may I suggest a book
'DIANE ARBUS’ published by BLOOMSBURY If your local library does not have a copy I am sure they will get one for you. For me it was a great pleasure to see her original prints rather than illustrations in a book.
23 reviews of National Museum of Wales, Cardiff - Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd in English
When living in London I would often go to the British, Natural History, Science and Victoria and Albert museums as well as the National gallery. I have to say that The National museum some how captures the atmosphere in many ways the best bits of the above mentioned and puts them on show in a stunning building. The staff are really nice; the facilities are well looked after and there is a coffee shop too! Can’t go wrong here :)
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Some good exhibits nice couple of hours dissapointed about the lack of maritime exhibits, when Cardiff has a great shipping history.
Good disabled facilities even if the lift is slow I havent found any other musium with this amount of toilet facilities and aids for wheelchair bound people. well done for that.
Needs work on the exhibits though mor local history wanted.
It’s worth mentioning that it’s closed on Mondays so that anyone reading this might not make the same mistake I did yesterday. The only reason I went to Cardiff by train was to visit the Natural History department which is closing on Friday for TWO YEARS for refurbishment! OK, I should have read the small print on their website which I overlooked the day before, but it really is ridiculous that the opening times aren’t given somewhere outside the main entrance. I was one of about 40 people who were standing on the steps waiting and wondering if it was only closed for lunch - especially as the lights were on inside! UPDATE FRIDAY 28th: Back there by train again today specifically to see the 'Diversity of Life’ exhibition - I was told at the front desk that that was where I would find the insect collection (what I was most interested in). Well, I have to admit to being very disappointed as the relatively small number of insects were all mixed up in a glass case and not one was labelled! The stuffed animals around the room all had information and their species clearly marked, but not so the insects. There was also a mysterious wine glass full of water under a lit dome that wasn’t labelled either so I had no idea what was supposed to be in there (other than the glass, that is!) Ah well, it’s closed for 2 years now; it will be interesting to see if things are done in a more professional way in future, I do hope so…
Not great- badly laid out. pretty boring nothing inter-active. shop is crap and cafe is blah. Its also airless and you feel zombie-fied walking around. When to the Diane Arbus exhibition-disapointing just her photographs stuck up on the wall, no background no stories of the pictures. Oh there was a book on a piece of string…wooow.
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bernard200, 27 August 2009:
There are many books published on Diane Arbus may I suggest a book
The museum is a fantastic free day out for both adults and children of any age. It has something for everyone and is a great learning experience. The building its self is a beautiful piece of architecture located in the centre of they city of Cardiff. The exhibits are fantastic and you could spend hours here. Also has a little cafe to grab a snack.
Centrally located, this free museum and art gallery is set in beautiful gardens, next to City Hall in Cathays Park.
A nice venue for weddings and events.
Friendly staff, and a nice cafe, but uninspiring otherwise. St Fagan’s museum is a better day out.
Great free day out, with something of interest for the whole family. There is a lovely cafe inside the museum where you can get a hearty lunch. This museum is set inside the civic centre, and has some of the best architecture on offer in Cardiff. It is a lovely setting - eat in the cafe, or take a picnic to eat in the park opposite. You will not be disappointed.
The National Museum of Wales is a great outing for all ages. they have lots of exhibitions on and it’s best to keep checking their website for information on new events or join their mailing list.
The building itself is maginificent, coupled with City Hall next door the pair are an impressive site.
The cafe offers good priced food, although it can get a little crowded at peak times. In general I prefer to visit out of peak hours so I can wander around at leisure.
As there is free entry to this site it’s well worth a visit. If it’s not for you then there is plenty to do in the surrounding areas, but with there being so much on offer it caters for most tastes.
really enjoy the museum and been several times and seen it grow through the years.always different things to look at.great learning tools for children and adults alike.Entry is free.Nice cafe with reasonable price food in nice atmosphere.can spend good few hours here.often school parties about but not a problem
“The Blue Lady” by Renoir is my favourite painting in this city centre museum and art gallery. The original electic art collection was gifted to the mueum by the Davies sisters, the daughters of a local port owner. The museum has recently celebrated its 100th anniverary and is trying to make sure that all its extensive collections are made accessible to the public. It has a vast archive of archeological and natural history specimens as well as many artifacts relating specifically to Wales. The staff will try their best to help with research or to identify specimens brought to them. This museum and art gallery is a resource that is well used by schools, both local and from abroad. (I have frequently seen and heard French school groups visiting here.) The restaurant and cafe offer a good choice of freshly cooked meals and snacks. The museum is easy to get to and is a great place to spend half a day or half an hour.
The National Museum is situated coveniently close to the centre of Cardiff. It is easy to walk from the centre to the museum. Entry to the museum is free and open from Tuesday to Sunday, beware it is closed on Monday. There is a small carpark at the rear of the museum with a charge. There is also a lot of street parking with vouchers. There is plenty to see and too much for one visit. There always seem to be special exhibits and there is a study centre. Staff are helpful and very knowledgeable. There is a small shop and cafe/restaurant facilities.
The museum is great visit if you’re in Cardiff for a day, a week, a year or a lifetime. The exhibitions are definietly interesting and extremely varied - everything from a colony of ants to a dinosaur and from art to ancient artifacts. Here are my pointers:
1 - Make use of the lockers. Coin operated lockers are available for anyone visiting. They’re just to the left of the main entrance and its far easier to admire wonderous artefacts if you are trying to juggle wet coats, a heavy bag and an umbrella.
2 - Remember to visit the art galleries. The national gallery is located in the same building. It houses a truly amazing collection including works by Van Gogh & Monet.
3 - If you’re a scholar you can apply to access the library. Its hidden away and really sueful if you’re doing art history.
4 - Don’t try and go on a Monday! I didn’t look very closely at the opening times and was suprised to see that they’re closed on Mondays but open on Sundays. So if you’re bored on Sunday then this is the place to go.
This makes for a fantastic day out with the children.
The art gallery is lovely and the museum displays are enough to keep the children interested and occupied for a while. We took sketch books to the art gallery and staff wheeled in an art trolley with pencils and paper - so the children created their own art!
The children loved the natural history section and the archaeological sections - all that 'old money’ was enough to excite them too!
We had a picnic in the grounds just outside and had a wonderful day.
The National Museum of Wales is conveniently situated right in the middle of Cardiff’s most beautiful civic centre. The museum is a considerable size, so allow yourself a least half a day to properly do it justice. I particularly enjoyed the paintings especially Turner and Monet.
There is a souvenir shop , a learning centre and a restaurant. Personally, I found that there was far too much to see in one visit so will certainly come back again - this of course, is not a problem as its now free to visit and really close to excellent bus links! Highly recommended.
A free day out. Cardiff Museum has plenty to offer for anyone of any age. Whilst it may not be cool to visit a museum, it does provide a good day out when your skint. The staff are very helpful and very friendly. There is soemthing from nearly every age of historical importance. You can also hire the main hall for functions, and it looks stunning!
A must see in Cardiff for any culture vulture. Entrance is free and they constantly have a variety of exciting and interesting exhibits and installations on display. There is also a art gallery linked on which hosts some beautiful pieces from the likes of Monet, Van Gogh and Rodin. There are also tours available.
Great place for adults and children alike and with its base in the city centre, it’s very accessible for all.
Restaurant and cafe are quite expensive, but the gift shop is well priced and offers a lot of great items.
A brilliant place to go with the children in the school holidays, they hold educational classes with the children, where they teach them about dinosaurs etc, and make things with them. The food is reasonably priced and all in all a good morning or afternoon out. Plus it’s easy to get to by bus or train x
Situated in cardiff town centre the national museum of wales has varying works of art & exhibitions. From paintings & pottery to dinosaur exhibitions, a must see while in cardiff
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