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Friday, 17 November 2017

The Cardiff Story Museum......The Hidden Gem


The Cardiff Story Museum was officially opened by the Duchess of Cornwall in June 2011 .Once the Old Library, the original aim was to be a Living Museum of Cardiff whose focus was to be on the last 200 years of Cardiff's industrial rise with a strong interactive element for children.....Wow!!! They have certainly achieved their goal!!

The Museum is situated in The Hayes- it can be accessed two ways: either by walking through the Information Centre or (its main entrance/exit )is opposite House of Fraser ;housed in two sections - Cardiff In Context and City Lab.





Cardiff in Context is on the ground floor and divided into three parts : A Port of Some Importance, Changing Cardiff and Working Lives consisting of a variety of factual, sensory and interactive exhibits of Cardiff and its residents There is a marvellous revolving house depicting the changes in living over several  decades as well as canisters emitting the smells of Cardiff  and handwritten memories (as well as a small theatre showing audio/visual accounts ) There are hands on exhibits throughout to engage adults and children - you can build your own city too!
 I love the atmosphere within this building its so hands on for adults and children - the staff are so friendly and helpful too! Notices are in Welsh, English and Braille.


Descending downstairs to City Lab is a colourful experience on its own! There is also a Lift available plus toilets are accessed on this floor too.


Here is where the imagination takes off for children ....There is a play area with kitchen, train and a seating area for all ( sorry about pics , I was trying to take photos without intruding on families - but hey, they had a great time I can vouch for that!)




City Lab is an interactive learning area as well as a children's delight  with dressing up stations - always good for a photo( they ask you to take pics without a flash) There are learning stations available throughout this area as well as areas with seating to peruse books, pamphlets and folders on all aspects of Cardiff including several folders containing newspaper snippets on Cardiff City's Cup Final in 1927 as well as copies of The Green Dragon (1996-99) ,a magazine depicting the Irish in Wales.

A surprising addition to the media on offer is a booklet entitled Forced to Leave((stories by refugees and asylum seekers living in Cardiff.....I highly recommend you read it )

The Museum caters for schools, families and individuals offering a range of events, exhibitions and learning opportunities either free or of low cost

Currently, Cardiff Story houses an exhibition of local artist Charles Byrd , which sits easily within its walls with his amazing ,Magical Machines ( on display till March 2018).....well worth a visit!





 The Cardiff Museum is open Monday- Sunday 10am-4pm.Admission is Free
Tel:02920346214
Email:cardiffstory@cardiff.gov.uk

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