The National Museum Cardiff

The National Museum Cardiff

The big hitter when it comes to Museums, Wales’ National Museum is home to many an exhibit you would expect. With a broad variety of things to see here for the passive and more active browser, one of the big things that draw folk into the bigger museums is their older collections. The Evolution of Wales exhibit takes visitors on a visual trip through time as the multi-million year journey forms the very peaks and troughs of the valleys. From here the more fan favourite wildlife eventually begins to progress, thus fans of prehistoric creatures will be
able to get their fill.

With several sets of dinosaur skeletons on display, kids will be in awe at the huge gaping maws of the megafauna from time gone by. Nature lovers are then able to progress through the natural History section where all manner of creature can be seen. Animals frozen in time thanks to taxidermy occupy many cabinets while the museum also boasts some much bigger displays. Notably their model of a basking shark is particularly impressive as it hangs above guests with its enormous mouth wide open. Equally fascinating is their full scale skeletal structure of a humpback whale. Set in a small room of soft lighting, the sheer scale of the creature really comes into focus.

Away from the structural displays is their art gallery which boasts on of Europe’s finest collections of historical art. Impressionist superstars such as Monet and Renoir have work here in Cardiff but so do artists native to Wales. A fantastic collection of Welsh works that accumulated over several centuries sits proudly on the walls here. And yet Cardiff’s national Museum is not just stuck in the past, limited exhibits apply modern technology and show the progression of art as it catches up with our contemporary society.

Currently they hold an exhibit that is a living guide to the galleries. This new addition takes the virtual tour to another level as guests will be provided with a handset instead of a headset. This tablet style device holds a camera in the front and displays the gallery on its screen, but what makes its so intuitive is the augmented reality technology that allows the galleries to come to life on screen in ways you have never seen before. With this new guide in your hands you can take part in brand new virtual experiences that add an entire new dimension to several exhibits. Take it to the Monet display and the museum floor will become a watery pool, here the placid streams coated with plants will show you the environment that inspired the classic piece. And if you like to be immersed the underwater life experience will put you deep underwater as schools of fish circle in the deep waters but beware of more vicious swimmers. Finally, in a fantastic way to envision the dinosaurs the handset will bring life back into the many bones on display. Hover it over some of the skeletons to see the beast back intact and in its living and breathing environment. This fun interactivity is a limited display and does come with a charge, but it makes for another reason to visit Cardiff today.