National Museums of Wales Statement of Re-opening

Friday, 10 July 2020, the First Minister announced that cinemas, museums and galleries could reopen from 27 July.

“St Fagans National Museum of History is planning to reopen the Museum’s outdoor grounds four days a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) from 4 August. The visitor experience will be different as the historic houses, galleries and play areas will have to remain closed due to social distancing and current restrictions. All visitors will need to pre-book a free ticket for their visit via our website ( or on the phone.

“Following today’s announcement by the Welsh Government, we are also planning limited reopening of Wales’ other national museums. This will be in two phases and is dependent on the continued easing of restrictions in the coming weeks:

  • National Museum Cardiff, National Slate Museum and National Waterfront Museum to reopen during the w/c 24 August.
  • National Wool Museum, Big Pit and National Roman Legion Museum to reopen from 1 September.

“Further details will be shared on our website ( and social media channels over the coming weeks.

We are working hard to ensure all national museums will be safe spaces for staff, volunteers and visitors when the time comes, with guidance on social distancing adhered to and visitor capacity managed. This includes a new booking system as although our museums will remain free, visitors must book their visit in advance. 

Posted on: Thursday 23rd July 2020