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Amgueddfa Cymru logo
Logo used since August 2022
National Museum Wales (Amgueddfa Cymru) logo
Previous National Museum Wales logo used until August 2022
The Cymmrodorion Society Museum For Wales 1876
Poster by the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion suggesting the formation of a National Museum of Wales, June 1876.

Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales, branded as simply Amgueddfa Cymru (formerly the National Museums and Galleries of Wales and legally National Museum of Wales), is a Welsh Government sponsored body that comprises seven museums in Wales:

In addition to these sites, the organisation runs Oriel y Parc, a gallery of Welsh landscape art in St David's, in partnership with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. The National Collections Centre in Nantgarw is AC-NMW's storage facility.

Directors of the National Museum of Wales

  • William Evans Hoyle (1908–1924)
  • Sir Mortimer Wheeler (1925–1926)
  • Sir Cyril Fox (1926–1948)
  • D. Dilwyn John (1948–1968)
  • Gwyn Jones (1968–1977)
  • Douglas Bassett (1977–1985)
  • David W. Dykes (1986–1989)
  • Alastair Wilson (1989–1993)
  • Colin Ford (1993–1998)
  • Anna Southall (1998–2002)
  • Michael Houlihan (2003–2010)
  • David Anderson (2010–)

Visitor numbers

In 2017 over 1.89m visitors attended the National Museum sites. The most popular site for 2017 was St. Fagans and in 2016 the most popular attraction was National Museum Cardiff.

Museum visitor numbers
Museum Visitor numbers (2017) Image
St Fagans National Museum of History Increase 553,090 St Fagans Museum Main Building 2018.jpg
National Museum Cardiff Increase 539,550 Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd.JPG
National Waterfront Museum Increase 268,622 National Waterfront Museum (19125415205).jpg
National Slate Museum Increase 145,969 National Slate Museum from above.jpg
Big Pit National Coal Museum Increase 141,969 Big Pit, Blaenavon.jpg
National Roman Legion Museum Increase 70,021 Amgueddfa'r Lleng Rhufeinig.JPG
National Wool Museum Increase 36,909 Welsh National Wool Museum.jpg
Source: Visits to Tourist Attractions in Wales 2017
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