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Museum of Cardiff, Cardiff

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The Cardiff Story Museum is a museum in Cardiff, Wales which exhibits the history of the city. The museum opened on 1 April 2011 and entrance is free. The heritage museum has brought together a collection of 3,000 objects and Cardiff-related artefacts, many donated from Cardiff residents and communities.
Old Library (1882–1988)Cardiff Story is situated in the Old Library, at the northern end of The Hayes. The building was opened in 1882 by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff as the Cardiff Free Library, Museum and Schools for Science and Art, which included an art gallery. The Schools of Science and Art were housed in the building until 1890 when it moved to buildings that were part of the University College. The Central Library was moved to a new building located on St David’s Link on 3 December 1988.
The Cardiff StoryCardiff Council had been seeking the permanent use of the Old Library since the closure of the Cardiff Centre for Visual Arts in 2000.
The Cardiff Strategic Tourism Growth Area Action Plan, supported by Cardiff Council and Wales Tourist Board (now Visit Wales), looked at major elements essential to developing Cardiff as a tourism destination, and came with £2 million funding towards projects from such as the development of a specific Cardiff Museum. As a result, consultants were appointed in 2002 to produce the feasibility study for a Living Museum of Cardiff, jointly funded by Cardiff Council and The Council of Museums in Wales (now CyMAL). The study concluded that an estimated 130,000 visitors per year are expected based on free entry, a city centre site is essential for a museum accessible to visitors and the community, the focus should be on the last 200 years of Cardiff’s industrial rise, and that a strong interactive element is essential with things for children to do, such as sound and film.
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  • The museum is more aimed at a younger audience it was quite interesting in parts but a bit randomly laid out  more »
  • This small museum doesn't take long to go through, maybe 30-45 minutes. It is also interesting if you want to know more about the history of the city of Cardiff.  more »
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  • Cute little museum. Very informative. There are some really interesting video stories from local characters that you can watch. Museum is FREE and it has a cafe upstairs with table service and helpful staff. There is some games and activities for them. You can find brief history of Cardiff.
  • Love to pop in here when we are in Cardiff and learn about the history of the City that I grew up in. There are some really interesting video stories from local characters that you can watch. Well worth a visit, and you are bound to learn something about Cardiff even if you have lived there all your life.
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