Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales has announced that it will pilot extended opening hours in two of its national museums, National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, and National Museum Cardiff. Entry to the museums will remain free of charge.

Visitors to National Museum Cardiff can marvel at the world-class art collection of Impressionist paintings and contemporary and historical art; be transported back in time and discover the dinosaur collection; and visit the temporary exhibitions at the museum, including Wildlife Photographer of the Year (on display until 29 August 2022). The museum will remain open until 9pm on the first Thursday of the month starting 7 July 2022 until June 2023. Visitors can enjoy extended openings on:


  • 7 July
  • 4 August
  • 1 September
  • 6 October
  • 3 November
  • 1 December


  • 5 January
  • 2 February
  • 2 March
  • 6 April
  • 4 May
  • 1 June

National Museum Cardiff visitors can also take in the beauty of the Grade II listed building whilst enjoying a drink or a bite to eat in the main hall, complete with table service.

Coal wagon displayed at a museum.

Replica of Richard Trevithic's steam locomotive at National Waterfront Museum

Starting 21 July, the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea will remain open until 9pm every Thursday until 1 September 2022.

Visitors to the museum can explore its vast industrial and maritime heritage via cutting-edge, interactive technology married with traditional displays. There are also interesting temporary exhibitions which visitors can enjoy and discover, including Keeping It Local which has some of our fascinating vintage and historical food delivery vehicles on display.

Your clients can also enjoy a relaxing refreshment at the café and National Waterfront Museum visitors can also enjoy 10 per cent discount across the entire menu at The Swigg on each Thursday night.

The Museum is housed in an original listed warehouse linked to an ultra-modern slate and glass building. Here your clients can discover the Transport, Materials and Networks that were so important and the 'big things' that contributed so much to the industrial history of Wales.

We’re delighted to offer additional evening opening times for people to enjoy their museums and their national collections for free. We hope that extending our opening hours into the evening goffers people a different opportunity to come together in our museums, to explore, have fun and to enjoy the wonderful objects on display.

Both museums are free to enter and are open for all to enjoy with no booking required but it is advised that groups book in advance – for more information on the extended opening hours, visit

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales is a family of seven museums and a collections centre, which are all free to enter. Together, it is home to the nation’s art, history, heritage, and science collections, which will continue to grow so that they can be used and enjoyed by both present and future generations.

One of its museums, St Fagans National Museum of History which explores the history and culture of Wales, won Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021. 

Groups benefit from 10 per cent off in the their shops, cafés and restaurants, and free refreshments for the driver for group.

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