The brand new Cardiff Story museum will open its doors to the public on April 1.
Designed to bring the history of the Welsh capital to life, the museum will explore Cardiff’s past through interactive displays, historic objects and stories.
The museum’s collection is made up of over 3,000 items, most of which have been donated by the Cardiff public.
The Cardiff Story has also worked in partnership with the National Museum of Wales to allow visitors access to over 8,000 Cardiff-related objects in their collection.
Museum facilities include an interactive lifelong learning suite, galleries and several classrooms.
Councillors say it will provide visitors with an introduction to the city, as well as being a valuable community resource.
Cllr Nigel Howells, the Executive Member for Sport, Culture and Heritage, said: “The Cardiff Story will provide for the first time a dedicated museum telling the story of Cardiff.
“As a cosmopolitan and diverse city it’s important that we capture the past, present and future of the capital.
I am positive that the new museum will be a big hit with both Cardiffians and tourists.”
Museum manager Dr. Kathleen Howe said:
“It’s been a unique opportunity to start a city museum and collection from scratch – a mammoth but very enjoyable task!
“I know that The Cardiff Story team has found it a real privilege to work with the community groups, individuals and organisations across the city and county, to gather objects, information and stories that will represent Cardiff’s long history for generations to come.”
The museum’s phase one development has been completed with funding from various organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales, and donations from the public.
The Cardiff Story is located on the site of the Old Library. It will be open seven days a week and entry is free.