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National Museum CardiffThe National Museum Cardiff has one of the most spectacularly diverse collections in Wales: the collection covers everything from archeology and geology to art and natural history, in addition to temporary and major touring exhibitons. All this stuff is crammed into a stately early-20th-century building. The art collection spans five centuries and a range of genres on a variety of platforms, including contemporary art, impressionist art, historic art and applied art in paintings, sculptures and ceramics. The Origins archeology gallery takes you back a bit further,..
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.. tracing Neanderthals in Wales up to 250,000 years ago. But of course Wales is much older than that, and you'll find out about its Sites of Special Scientific Interest in the Natural History section. One of its galleries features a humpback whale skeleton, among many other maritime, woodland and alpine animals. Finally, the Evolution of Wales shows you the bigger picture: starting at the Big Bang, you'll embark on a 4.6-billion-year quest and learn which dinosaurs once roamed the Welsh countryside. Or instead of working backwards to the beginning, you can start at the other end and work your way to the present: you'll be gawking at all the exhibits all day long either way.