The new year sees an exciting programme of exhibitions and events at National Museum Cardiff. As well as the exhibitions programme, the museum will continue to extend its opening times into the evenings on the first Thursday of each month. ‘Extra Time’ allows your clients to enjoy a free night out at the museum if it isn't included in their itinerary.

Below are the main highlights. Visit the website for more information on National Museum Cardiff programme of events.

Reframing Picton continues until 12 January 2025

A community-led exhibition which aims to reframe the legacy of Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Picton (1758-1815) and give a voice to those most affected by Picton’s actions, and to those who live with the legacy today.

Reframing Picton includes two newly commissioned artworks, which will become part of Wales’ national collection. The two new commissions include an immersive installation of sculpture, objects from the Amgueddfa Cymru collections, striking photographs and film.

Artes Mundi 10 (until 25 February 2024)

The UK’s leading biennial exhibition and international contemporary art prize returns to National Museum Cardiff, and will this year be shared across 4 other sites across Wales.

The winner of the prestigious £40,000 Artes Mundi Prize – the UK’s largest contemporary art prize – announced during the run of the Arts Mundi 10 exhibition. 7 artists have been shortlisted for the 2023 prize:

• Rushdi Anwar
• Carolina Caycedo
• Alia Farid
• Naomi Rincón Gallardo
• Taloi Havini
• Nguyễn Trinh Thi
• Mounira Al Solh

Art of the Selfie - 16 March 2024 to 24 January 2025

Exhibition exploring the question are self portraits the original selfie? One of Van Gogh's 35 self portraits, 1887's Portrait of the Artist, is on loan from Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Other artists featured include Rembrandt, Francis Bacon, Brenda Chamberlain, Anya Paintsil and Bedwyr Williams.

Ticket price is a minimum of £1, with a pay what you can request, which helps keep the museum alive.

The Fossil Swamp - 18 May 2019 to 2 March 2025 

Preserved fossils reveals the ancient tropical wetlands which once covered Wales. Also on show are the strange plants  and prehistoric animals which lived in and around the swamp. The huge 3D 'Stigmaria' is the centrepiece.

Revealing Édouard Manet’s Portrait of Monsieur Jules Dejouy (until 1 January 2025)

The restoration of the portrait by Amgueddfa Cymru conservation experts has allowed it to be on display. It was previously held in a private collection for more than 90 years before the museum acquired it in 2019.

Go Home Polish

Photographs and diary posts from Polish-born artist, Michal Iwanowski, who undertook a 1900km journey on foot from Wales to Poland in 2018. His inspiration was after seeing 'Go home Polish' graffitied near his home in Cardiff ten years previously.

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales belongs to everyone and is here for everyone to use. We are a charity and a family of seven national museums and a collections centre, located across the country. Our aim is to inspire everyone through Wales’ story, at our museums, in communities and digitally. Our welcome is free.

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