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The Cardiff Museum Project, otherwise known as Cardiff Story, is an extensive project aimed at telling the story of Cardiff and the many stories of its residents throughout the ages. Opened in 2011, the Museum is free to enter and is a fantastic place to learn a bit more about Cardiff’s vibrant history.

The building that the Museum is housed in has its fair share of history also. Opened in 1882 by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, it was declared the Cardiff Free Library, Museum and Schools for Science and Art. The day it was opened was even declared a public holiday, so it is perhaps fitting that it now houses so much history.

Amongst the exhibitions and galleries you can discover from first-hand accounts what life was like in Cardiff and how it has changed over the years. This is a perfect for children to learn as it’s really engaging and makes it easy to become immersed in the Cardiff culture.

Take a stroll through the Cardiff in Context exhibition, which will give you a true insight into Cardiff’s transformation from the 1300s when it was a small market town to the 1900s when it became one of the world’s biggest ports.

The object theatre really brings the history of this great city to life as you can see a selection of 3,000 objects alongside narrative of exactly what they meant to their owners. A fantastically interactive idea, this part of the museum is unforgettable.

The City Lab is ideal for those of you who have questions about your own connections with Cardiff or simply want to find out more. The research library offers a host of resources from maps and photographs to documents and films. And there are sections specially designed to suit adults, children and families.

A thoroughly enjoyable visit will be guaranteed for everyone at the Cardiff Museum Project and it is a wonderful way to discover more about Cardiff’s vibrance and diversity.


The Old Library  Trinity St, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF10 1BH

Tel: 029 2078 8334

Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm. Closed 24th-26th December & 1st January.