On 26 May National Museum Cardiff will close at 3pm for a special event, Lates: ANIMAL. We apologise for any inconvenience but hope you’ll join us that evening for a wild night at the museum! (18+ years only)

Plan Your Visit

National Museum Cardiff is open for 6 days per week: Tuesday to Sunday. The Museum is also open on Bank Holiday Mondays.

The Museum remains free to enter. You can turn up at our museums without booking.

The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our priority. For the wellbeing of everyone we ask visitors to continue to wear face coverings during your visit, use the hand sanitiser stations and, where you can, maintain physical distancing. Welsh Government guidelines are different from those in England. Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Topic | GOV.WALES.

Currently some of our art galleries remain closed due to ongoing essential maintenance. We want to hear from you how you’d like our galleries to be redisplayed once the essential maintenance is complete – find out how you can help us to shape the future of our art galleries.

For more information please visit our Frequently Answered Questions page.

We are a charity and every penny we raise supports our work with communities across Wales. Please donate if you can.

Find other attractions in the area: Discover the story of Wales

Opening Hours

10am–5pm. Galleries close at 4.45pm.

Open for 6 days a week Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays but open Bank Holiday Mondays.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. For safety reasons, we reserve the right to conduct bag searches when entering the Museum​.

Paintings, dinosaurs, toilets – your questions answered!

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us

Phone: 0300 111 2 333


Cathays Park
CF10 3NP

Map & How to Get Here


A Visitor Car Park is situated behind the Museum, off Museum Avenue. Visitors parking here will receive a ticket at the point of entry and need to pay £6.50 for the day at a pay-station located at the rear of the car park. Please note that the pay-stations only accept card payments – no cash payments are accepted. Visitors can use any credit/debit cards (except for American Express), or Apple or Android Pay.

Parking is free to blue badge holders. Please use the intercom at the exit barrier to verify your blue badge permit. Disabled parking is also available at the front of the Museum, on Gorsedd Gardens Road.

Food and Drink

  • The restaurant is currently closed, however we do offer a range of drinks and snacks to take away at the Museum’s café on the ground floor.

What we have put in place to help keep you safe

  • Our front of house staff have received health and safety training in relation to COVID-19.
  • Visitor safety guidelines are in place on site – please follow them
  • Social distancing measures are in place on site
  • Hand sanitising stations are available for visitors and staff.
  • We have further increased our hygiene regime
  • We have a lot of interactive exhibits at the Museum – we will be taking special care to clean these regularly to keep visitors safe.
  • We will be managing visitor numbers in line with public health and safety guidelines.
  • We have set up new routes, such as a one-way system. Please look out for and follow any new signs around the site.

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. If you are showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone who has the virus in the last 14 days, we request that you don’t visit, as you may be turned away to reduce risks to other visitors and our staff. Why not experience our museum by viewing our collections on the website until you are feeling better?


Advice for our disabled visitors

Wheelchair access and access with pushchairs can be made by phoning 029 2057 3300. A staff member will help you gain access to the building. If you encounter any issues, please let our museum assistants at the top of the stairs at the front of the building know.

Access Guide


The Museum shop will be open during your visit. We have made some changes to how we operate. These include:

  • Moving the shop into the Main Hall to provide more space to browse
  • Removal of high touch displays
  • Increased cleaning of the shop and equipment
  • All staff wearing face visors
  • We are encouraging payment by card and contactless


What you will see when you visit

Your experience at National Museum Cardiff will be different from what we can normally offer, but we hope you enjoy:

  • Visiting our Evolution of Wales and Natural Science galleries on the ground floor
  • On the first floor, you’ll find the fantastic historic art galleries are open for visiting. Here you’ll see work by Botticelli, Richard Wilson and Rembrandt

What you won’t see when you visit

To reduce any risks from COVID-19, we have had to change what we do, and currently the Clore Learning Centre, the Virtual Reality experience and some of our art galleries remain CLOSED. You can explore the art galleries in full online.