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National Museum Cardiff
Grade I listed building in Cardiff. Main site of the national museum of Wales
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National Museum Cardiff
Grade I listed building in Cardiff. Main site of the national museum of Wales
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Cathays Park
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Sure to be a crowd pleaser; there is an exhibit for everyone from dinosaurs to botany and mammoths to fine art.

 

With so many different things to see, it’s hard to be bored here.

Sisters Gwendoline and Margaret Davies donated their huge collection (over 260 works) of impressionist art, putting this museum on the international map. Both sisters had a deep love of the arts and felt it was their religious duty to spend their father's fortune in an effort to help others, but remained spinsters themselves.

The museum is a hot spot for filming of the infamous BBC shows Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Sarah Jane Adventures. Like the Doctor, the Museum has taken on many faces of it’s own such as the Musee D’Orsay and the International Gallery in London. Don’t grab your camera and go Tardis hunting just yet; filming of the show is generally done on a closed set.

Don’t want a boring chapel wedding? You can get married and celebrate amongst famous works, like Renoir’s La Parisienne. Critics remark how the woman in blue appears like she is trying to look chaste and her skin almost a sickly green. Hopefully that’s not an omen for couples who marry here!

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Here is what Wikipedia says about National Museum Cardiff

National Museum Cardiff (Welsh: Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd) is a museum and art gallery in Cardiff, Wales. The museum is part of the wider network of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. Entry is kept free by a grant from the Welsh Government; however, they do ask for donations throughout the museum.

History

The National Museum of Wales was founded in 1905, with its royal charter granted in 1907. Part of the bid for Cardiff to obtain the National Museum for Wales included the gift of the Cardiff Museum Collection, then known as "Welsh Museum of Natural History, Archaeology and Art," which was formally handed over in 1912. The Cardiff Museum was sharing the building of Cardiff Library, and was a sub-department of the library until 1893. Construction of a new building in the civic complex of Cathays Park began in 1912, but owing to the First World War it did not open to the public until 1922, with the official opening taking place in 1927. The architects were Arnold Dunbar Smith and Cecil Brewer, although the building as it now stands is a heavily truncated version of their design.

The sculpture scheme for the building was devised by Sir W. Goscombe John and consisted of the groups "Prehistoric Period" and "Classic Period" by Gilbert Bayes as well as "Learning", "Mining," and "Shipping"by Thomas J Clapperton, "Art" by Bertram Pegram, "Medieval Period" by R. L. Garbe, "Music" by David Evans and others. D. Arthur Thomas was commissioned to produce a model for the Dragons, and A. Bertram Pegram to produce a model for the Lions that were placed around the base of the dome.

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