Bacon to Doig: Modern Masterpieces from a Private Collection
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Exhibitions and Tours
Important modern and contemporary art
Take the opportunity to see one of the finest private collections of 20th century art in the world while it's on display at the National Museum Cardiff. You'll see important early works by Francis Bacon and the School of London, including Lucien Freud and Peter Doig, among others. As well as paintings spanning the decades, there are sculptures by Henry Moore, Anthony Caro and Barbara Hepworth. You can admire two important vases by Turner prize winner Grayson Perry.
Schedules and Prices: From Saturday 18 February 2017 to Wednesday 31 January 2018 : - From Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00
Mermaid Quay is the bustling waterfront area in the recently redeveloped Cardiff Bay. With bars, cafes, shopping and entertainment, Mermaid Quay is a focal point of Cardiff cultural life, for locals and visitors alike. Go for a walk along the waterfront and spot some of the city's most famous monuments in the Cardiff Bay area, such as the Pierhead, the Roald Dahl Plass and the Welsh National Assembly.
Housed in a magnificent building in the heart of the city, the National Museum Cardiff tells the story of Welsh history. It houses the Welsh national art, natural history and geology collections. From a vast whale skeleton to paintings by Turner, there's plenty to keep visitors of all ages enthralled.
Completely free to visit, St Fagan's National History Museum is a popular open air museum just outside Cardiff. It explores the history of Wales through the ages, with plenty of reconstructed houses and interesting exhibits for kids to explore and interact with. There's a café on site and picnic area as well as playgrounds and even some farm animals for the children to meet.
Visit this former coal mine in the Welsh mountains and learn all about Wales' coal industry in the museum. You can even take the Underground Tour, following a guide down into the old mine tunnels to see what it was really like for the miners at the coal face. Exploring an important aspect of Welsh history, this is a must-see attraction when in Wales.
This iconic landmark on the waterfront in Cardiff Bay is eye-catching for its gloriously bold terracotta red colour. It looks freshly minted, despite being a historic building. The Pierhead has stood here for over 113 years and had an important role within Welsh trade. Step inside (it's free to visit) and learn all about the history of trade and industry in the region. The exhibition is fascinating, with plenty of videos and multimedia displays.