Record visits to Wales' national museums

Wales' national museums are more popular than at any time since free entry was introduced in April 2001. The seven museums received 1.69 million visits in 2011-12, to take the total to 16.5 million visits over the 11 years of free entry.

Our recent visitor figures have been excellent. Thanks to the vision and continued financial support of the Welsh Government, I'm delighted that Wales was the first country in the UK to remove a major barrier to museum attendance. In 2000-01 fewer than 250,000 of visits were made by people from these less affluent groups. The figure has increased to over 500,000 – one in every three visits. Free entry is only one of the ways that Amgueddfa Cymru contributes to the social and economic life of Wales. We also play a leading role in culture and heritage provision, education, skills and tourism.

– David Anderson - Director General, Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales)

Wales' seven national museums are:

  • National Museum Cardiff
  • St Fagans: National History Museum
  • National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon
  • Big Pit: National Coal Museum
  • National Wool Museum, Drefach-Felindre
  • National Slate Museum, Llanberis
  • National Waterfront Museum, Swansea