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.
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.
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