Discover the National Museums of Wales Whether you’re talking cultural, industrial, geographical or military heritage, Wales is bursting with history. The National Museums of Wales cover a range of subjects and are free to visit. A National Museum Cardiff 'Evolution of Wales' exhibit, National Museum, Cardiff The National Museum Cardiff is on the edge of the green idyll of Bute Park at the heart of the Welsh capital. With rooms to please families, art lovers, natural history fans and casual wanderers, the imposing building itself is just as impressive as the exhibits. More museums in Cardiff B Big Pit National Coal Museum Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon, South Wales Valleys by beechphotos Big Pit is an award-winning venue which was a working mine for well over a century before opening as a museum in 1980. Grab a torch and descend 100 metres underground into the core of the pit for one of the most unforgettable experiences you’ll ever have. More museums in the South Wales Valleys C St Fagans National History Museum Bryn Eryr, St Fagans by St Fagans: National History Museum St Fagans is an open-air museum celebrating the architecture and traditions of Wales. There are over 40 original buildings here to explore including a post-war prefab, a Workmen’s Institute and a reconstructed Iron Age Farmstead. The Museum is brought alive through events hosted throughout the year. D National Slate Museum, Gwynedd National Slate Museum, Llanberis, Snowdonia The National Slate Museum was recently refurbished with a £1.6 million Lottery investment, and the attraction – at a former slate mine set within a country park near the Snowdon village of Llanberis – includes one of the world’s largest waterwheels. More historic attractions in Snowdonia E The National Waterfront Museum National Waterfront Museum, Swansea Swansea's National Waterfront Museum has an eye-catching glass and slate home. The building used to be a warehouse, and the modern displays inside honour the transport, maritime and industrial past of the city, with a regular programme of events and revolving exhibitions. More museums in Swansea F The National Wool Museum, Llandysul The National Wool Museum was originally opened during the 1970s, but it gained its current title in 2004, spruced up with £2 million in Lottery backing. Creative textiles and historic machines explain why wool has been as important as coal to the country’s production history, and its mill is a hugely impressive piece of living history. More museums in Carmarthenshire G National Roman Legion Museum Cavalry Demonstration at the National Roman Legion Museum, South Wales by MuseumWales The Romans made an indelible mark on Wales. Barracks, fortresses, baths and an impressively-intact amphitheatre are among the remains of the furthest point west the Romans got to. Caerleon was one of only three permanent legionary fortresses established by Roman forces in Britain, it was occupied and operational for a couple of centuries. Little did they know that one day you’d be able to enjoy looking at currency, uniforms and galleries full of intricate craftsmanship. More museums in the Wye Valley and Vale of Usk Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items It’s a living thing Children can make history at one of our brilliant living history museums. Gay Wales: where to stay The door’s open everywhere in Wales, but here are a few places we like. Gay Wales: where to stay The door’s open everywhere in Wales, but here are a few places we like. Walks in North Wales Explore the soaring mountains and refreshing coastal walks of North Wales. Wild winter in the north Ravens, choughs, baby seals – and hundreds of thousands of wintering birds. North Wales attractions Where to go and what to see during your adventure across the lands and seas of North Wales.