Group Visits at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
Get together for a great day out, for free. Group visits at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. Across seven magnificent museums you’ll discover wonderful collections that unravel the history and culture of the Welsh people and beyond. From a coal mine to a working mill, a stunning art collection of international quality, engineering and innovation, dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, Roman legionaries and buried treasure – there is plenty to explore.
Freey! Entr Get Together for a Great Day Out Group visits at Amgueddfa Cymru � National Museum Wales National Museum Cardiff St Fagans: National History Museum National Roman Legion Museum Big Pit: National Coal Museum National Wool Museum National Slate Museum National Waterfront Museum National Collections Centre Sp offe ecial gro rs for ups ! 2 Amgueddfa Cymru � National Museum Wales museumwales.ac.uk Welcome to Amgueddfa Cymru � National Museum Wales Across seven magnificent museums you'll discover wonderful collections that unravel the history and culture of the Welsh people and beyond. From a coal mine to a working mill, a stunning art collection of international quality, engineering and innovation, dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, Roman legionaries and buried treasure � there is plenty to explore and for FREE. The Collections Centre is our storage facility for an array of interesting museum objects. This brochure describes offers available to group visits booked in advance.* All our national museums have a regular programme of events and exhibitions. Visit www.museumwales.ac.uk for full details or ask for a printed copy of our What's On guide to events and exhibitions. Food and Drink We serve an excellent range of hot and cold food and drinks in the museums' cafes and restaurants.** **Not available at National Roman Legion Museum Location Key: National Museum Cardiff St Fagans: National History Museum National Roman Legion Museum Big Pit: National Coal Museum National Wool Museum National Slate Museum National Waterfront Museum National Collections Centre Shops Our shops have a wide range of products and gifts inspired by our wonderful collections. Several of our shops sell crafts that have been made on site by our demonstrating craftspeople. You can also find out about our print on demand service, where you can choose an image from our archive to be printed on paper or canvas and delivered direct to your door. *Please note that the catering and retail discounts do not apply to educational groups. It is policy that any child aged under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP (029) 2039 7951 museumwales.ac.uk 3 National Museum Cardiff Around every corner, a treasure Art Poussin � Turner � Van Gogh � Monet � Renoir � Gwen John � Picasso � Hockney � Bacon � Freud The whole of the first floor at National Museum Cardiff is dedicated to the display of the Museum's breathtaking art collections with even more space than ever before for the display of modern and contemporary art. Archaeology Stone Age � Bronze Age � Iron Age Romans � Medieval Wales Origins: in search of early Wales traces life in Wales from the very earliest human remains 230,000 years ago. From the Stone Age, through the Roman conquest and to the end of the Middle Ages, you can see amazing objects that have been discarded, hidden, lost or sacrificed along the way. Natural History Dinosaurs � Woolly mammoth � Hump-backed whale � Meteorite � Moon Rock Our favourite natural history galleries have reopened, bringing the animals, birds and insects back on display, including the hump-backed whale and the world's largest leatherback turtle. Take a journey through space and time in the Evolution of Wales gallery where you can see real meteorites and a piece of moon rock � and come face to face with dinosaurs and woolly mammoths. Don't forget to drop into the Clore Discovery Centre where you can explore our amazing collections and handle real and replica objects. Pre-booked groups benefit from: � Freeentry � 0%offinthecafeand 1 restaurant on a minimum spend of �5 per person � 0%offintheshopona minimum 1 spend of �5 per person � Freeguidedtours � omplimentaryrefreshments C for coach driver Guided tours available: Art Choose from three different tours: � HistoricArt � mpressionismandtheDavies I Collection � mpressionistandModernArt I Archaeology � Origins:insearchofearlyWales For further details and to book your visit contact (029) 2057 3325 or Rhiannon.Jones@museumwales.ac.uk HOW TO FIND US Located in Cardiff's Civic Centre. Take J32 off the M4 onto A470 south. Follow signs for city centre. VISITOR INFORMATION & FACILITIES � Drop-off point immediately in front of the Museum for coaches � Oriel Restaurant and coffee shop � Gift shop � Storage lockers � Four wheelchairs and portable seating available on request � Wheelchair access throughout, including lifts � Disabled toilets as well as a Changing Places facility � Access information available on our website � Guided tours available with a British Sign Language Interpreter for pre-booked groups 4 St Fagans: National History Museum, St Fagans, Cardiff, CF5 6XB (029) 2057 3500 museumwales.ac.uk St Fagans: National History Museum Take a walk around Welsh history A great day out at Wales's most popular heritage attraction. From the Celts to the present day, see Welsh history come alive. With galleries, shops, farm animals, cafes and restaurant, as well as lots of exciting events and activities, there's something for everyone to enjoy at St Fagans. Meet our craftspeople and watch as they demonstrate traditional skills. They include our miller, saddler, blacksmith, weaver and clog maker. (They work on a rota so check on the day who is at work.) St Fagans has some of the finest gardens in Wales. Visit the formal landscaped gardens surrounding St Fagans Castle and find out about the gardens of the re-erected houses that provided food for the working families. Voted one of the UK's Top 10 free attractions by users of TripAdvisor in 2010. Pre-booked groups benefit from: � Freeentry � 0%offinthecafeand restaurant 1 on a minimum spend of �5 per person � 0%offintheshopona minimum 1 spend of �5 per person � omplimentaryrefreshments C for coach driver This unmissable attraction on the outskirts of Cardiff is one of the world's best open-air museums. St Fagans has over 40 amazing re-erected historical buildings to explore � including a Celtic Village, a grand medieval church and a Victorian school, all located in the grounds of St Fagans Castle, one of the finest Elizabethan manor houses in Wales. For further details and to book your visit contact (029) 2057 3500 or learning.stfagans@museumwales. ac.uk. HOW TO FIND US Follow the brown tourist signs (for Museum of Welsh Life), we're about 4 miles west of Cardiff city centre just off A4232. VISITOR INFORMATION & FACILITIES � Free coach parking available � Welsh language can be heard in daily use � Restaurant, tea-rooms and coffee shop � Gift shop � Disabled toilets � Changing Places facility � Much of the site is fairly level, with signposted routes where required � St Fagans Castle and a few other attractions are some distance from the main entrance and access is uphill � Wheelchairs available on request at the main entrance � A motorised vehicle can be pre-booked for those with mobility problems. Call (029) 2057 3500 Big Pit: National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, Torfaen, NP4 9XP (01495) 790311 museumwales.ac.uk 5 Big Pit: National Coal Museum A big day out at Big Pit Discover Wales's rich mining heritage in this amazing, award-winning interactive museum complete with underground tour. Why `Big Pit'? The name comes from the width of the shaft � 5.5m at its widest point � which made it the biggest in the area when it was sunk. If you'd rather stay on the surface, you can enjoy a virtual tour of a modern coal mine in our multi-media Mining Galleries. The Pithead Baths exhibition, with its warm wit, images and objects, brings the story of coal mining in Wales to life. A moving, informative and entertaining exploration of the lives of miners, at home and work. Big Pit won the Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year in 2005 and is part of the Blaenafon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site. www.visitblaenavon.co.uk. Pre-booked groups benefit from: � Freeentry � 0%offinMinersCanteenand 1 coffee shop on a minimum spend of �5 per person 1 � 0%offintheshoponaminimum spend of �5 per person � Freeguidedtours B � ehindthescenestoursand conservation demonstrations, available on request � omplimentaryrefreshments C for coach driver For further details and to pre-book your visit contact (01495) 790311. Winner of the Sense of Place Award � National Tourism Awards for Wales 2010. Experience the sights, sounds, smells and atmosphere of an authentic coal mine. In its heyday Big Pit employed 1,300 workers; now you can follow in their footsteps through award-winning interactive exhibits and, of course, our world-famous underground tour. Led by a real miner, it will give you a living, breathing taste of what life was like for those who made their living at the coal face. HOW TO FIND US M4 -- follow the brown signs from J25a (westbound) or J26 (eastbound). Also signposted off the A465 at Brynmawr and Abergavenny. For Satellite Navigation directions, please enter Blaenafon (Blaenavon) town and follow brown tourism signs once arriving at the town. VISITOR INFORMATION & FACILITIES � Underground tours take approximately one hour � Allow three to four hours for your visit � Please wear warm clothing and sensible footwear � Please telephone to check availability of underground tours (10am�3.30pm) during December & January � All groups of ten or more should book in advance � A `Planning Your Visit' guide is available for groups � Children must be over one metre tall to go underground � Wheelchair users should book in advance for underground tours � An Access Guide is available to download or by phoning (01495) 790311 6 National Roman Legion Museum, High Street, Caerleon, Newport, NP18 1AE (01633) 423134 museumwales.ac.uk National Roman Legion Museum Live the life of a Roman for a day Learn first hand how the Romans lived, fought and died at the furthest outpost of the Roman Empire. The Museum lies within the ruins of the Roman fortress and offers the only remains of a Roman Legionary barracks on view anywhere in Europe plus the most complete amphitheatre in Britain. The Romans were the first to introduce ornamental gardens to Britain. Don't miss the sights, sounds and smells of our beautiful Roman garden. Pre-booked groups benefit from: � Freeentry � reeguidedtour,subject F to availability � ehindthescenestours, B also available on request and subject to availability � 0%offintheshoponaminimum 1 spend of �5 per person For further details and to book your visit contact (01633) 430567. HOW TO FIND US Follow the brown helmet signs from the M4 from J26 eastbound and J25 westbound into Caerleon Town Centre. VISITOR INFORMATION & FACILITIES � Gift Shop � Hot drinks available from vending machine � Parking is either on Broadway (next to the amphitheatre), Museum Street (limited parking) or off High Street, adjacent to the Baths � Level access � Disabled toilets � Ample seating � Wheelchair available on request � Induction loop � Maximum of 30 people on a tour � Free coach parking on Broadway, next to the Amphitheatre Looking for a full day out? Big Pit and the Roman Legion Museum are just a half-hour drive apart. You can combine a visit to the two museums in just one day with an interesting contrast of the story of coal in Wales and the ancient Romans. National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3RD (01792) 638950 museumwales.ac.uk 7 National Waterfront Museum Lose yourself in the rich history of Welsh industry The National Waterfront Museum tells the story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the past 300 years. It means a unique, captivating and exciting visitor experience lies in wait at Wales's newest national museum. Housed in spectacular fashion, the Museum boasts old and new architecture as a former dockside warehouse built in 1902 contrasts with an impressive new glass and slate structure. So visit us and lose yourself in the rich and enthralling history of Welsh industry and innovation, where the technology of today puts the past at your fingertips. Pre-booked groups benefit from: � Freeentry � 0%offinthecafeona minimum 1 spend of �5 per person � 0%offintheshoponaminimum 1 spend of �5 per person � Freeguidedtours B � ehindthescenestours,available on request C � omplimentaryrefreshments for coach driver Ready to explore via cutting-edge, interactive technology, the Museum puts you in charge of the experience, allowing you to delve as deeply into the exhibitions and displays as you want. For further details and to book your visit contact (01792) 638950 or email email@example.com. HOW TO FIND US The Museum is located in Swansea's Maritime Quarter, only a five minute walk from the city centre. From outside Swansea, exit the M4 at junction 42 and follow the brown signs. From inside Swansea the Museum is located on Oystermouth Road next to the LC, Swansea's Leisure complex for satellite navigation purposes use the post code SA1 3ST. VISITOR INFORMATION & FACILITIES � Gift shop � Pay and display car park � Waterfront Cr�perie & Caf� � Outdoor picnic area � Disabled access and parking � Wheelchairs available on request � Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities � Public lockers � Annual events programme � Licensed wedding venue and corporate hire facilities � Access to WiFi 8 National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre, near Newcastle Emlyn, Llandysul, Carmarthenshire, SA44 5UP (01559) 370929 museumwales.ac.uk National Wool Museum From fleece to fabric Fleecy Fact: There a re three more s times heep th an peo in Wale ple s (n sheep a early 9 million t the las t count) That's s . ix times more hooves than fe et! Let the story of wool, once the most important industry in Wales, weave its magic in this unique working museum in the Teifi Valley. In this gem of a museum housed in the former Cambrian Mills you can explore the mighty industry that produced clothing, shawls and blankets for the workers of Wales and the rest of the world. We have working textile machinery, traditional tools and craftspeople to guide you through the whole process. We're also home to a commercial working mill, Melin Teifi, one of the last makers of flannel in Wales. Pre-booked groups benefit from: � Freeentry � 0%offinthecafeona minimum 1 spend of �5 per person � 0%offintheshoponaminimum 1 spend of �5 per person � Freeguidedtours � omplimentaryrefreshments C for coach driver For further details and to book your visit contact (01559) 370929. HOW TO FIND US We're in the village of Dre-fach Felindre, 4 miles east of Newcastle Emlyn and 16 miles west of Carmarthen, off the A484. Follow the brown tourist signs. VISITOR INFORMATION & FACILITIES � Cafe, picnic area, shop � Art cart during school holidays � Free coach parking � Lift or level access to most areas on the site � Facilities for disabled visitors � Two wheelchairs are available on request � A stair lift is available in the Weaving Shed to view Melin Teifi at work � Minimum of 10 people on a tour Looking for a full day out? The Waterfront Museum and the Wool Museum make for the perfect day out in West Wales, combining the important industrial stories of Wales's second city of Swansea and the beautiful countryside of rural west Wales. National Slate Museum, Llanberis, Gwynedd, LL55 4TY (01286) 870630 museumwales.ac.uk 9 National Slate Museum Enjoy the story of slate Step back in time to uncover the secrets of slate and the people who quarried it. Our craftsmen are on hand to demonstrate traditional skills such as splitting and dressing slate. We have operational machines and engineering workshops and at Fron Haul, our terrace of quarrymen's homes, you'll get an authentic taste of what home life was like during buoyant and leaner times. Pre-booked groups benefit from: � Freeentry � 0%offinthecafeonaminimum 1 spend of �5 per person � 0%offintheshoponaminimum 1 spend of �5 per person � Freeguidedtours � ehindthescenestour, B available on request C � omplimentaryrefreshments for coach driver Guided walks available (must be pre-booked): � oodTrailwiththeMuseum W carpenter � erfectPatternswiththeMuseum P curator V � ivianSlateIncline(inPadarn Country Park) et: Slate Snipp ince Charles In July 1969 Pr Prince of was invested as Castle, on arfon Wales at Caern orwig slate. of Din a platform Slate has shaped the landscape and history of Wales for nearly two thousand years. Here, in the workshops of the former Dinorwig Quarry, we'll take you back in time to explore its fascinating story and be part of the lives of those who quarried it. To pre-book your visit contact (01286) 870630. HOW TO FIND US Located in Padarn Country Park in the village of Llanberis. Take J11 off the A55, left onto the A5, and then right towards the A4244. VISITOR INFORMATION & FACILITIES � Ample parking (charged) � Free parking for coaches � Gift shop and cafe � Children's play area � Family trails � Annual events programme � Induction loop in shop, cafe and film � Wheelchair access to most parts of the Museum. Some parts of the Museum may require extra assistance. Waterwheel accessed by lift. � Disabled toilet � Wheelchair available on request � Baby changing in both men's and women's toilets 10 National Collections Centre, Heol Crochendy, Parc Nantgarw CF15 7QT (029) 2057 3560 museumwales.ac.uk National Collections Centre Take a closer look at the national collections For a very different kind of visit why not consider the National Collections Centre, where 1,000s of fascinating objects not on display are stored? The Collections Centre is not open to the public but we offer exclusive access to groups. Collections storage and management This talk is held in the large industrial objects store, alongside objects ranging in size from bricks to engines, and explains how we store, record and manage the national industry collections. The Transport Collection This is your chance to see the collection of bicycles, motorbikes, cars, buses and even an air sea rescue helicopter, with a talk by one of the collections management team. Gas Engines and Large Stationary Engines A talk on the larger engines and the challenges of cleaning, conserving and eventually rebuilding the parts into a restored engine. Pre-booked tours are available for a maximum of twenty people 11am-12.30pm and 2pm-3pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). For further details and to book your visit contact (029) 2057 3560 or firstname.lastname@example.org Free tours available. Choose from: Conservation Our team of conservators and engineers preserve the Welsh national industry collections, ranging from delicate old photographs to 22-tonne machines. A talk with one of the experts brings unique insight into this specialist work. HOW TO FIND US We are in Nantgarw, just off the M4 from J32, head north on the A470, after 4 miles follow signs for the A468. VISITOR INFORMATION � Disabled toilet � Level access � Free parking