Discover the archaeology of the Cotswolds

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The Corinium Museum is located at the heart of Cirencester, the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’. Our principal collection consists of the highly significant finds from the Roman town of Corinium. However, the museum today is much more than that, taking you on a journey through time and charting the development of the Cotswolds from its prehistoric landscape to the modern day.

Explore the light and modern galleries that offer you an exceptional interactive experience. Discover thousands of objects on display, from Prehistoric tools, Roman mosaics, Anglo Saxon grave goods to Medieval sculpture! Every object has a story to tell.

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Opening Hours

April – October
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 2 – 5pm

November – March
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 2 – 4pm

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Upcoming events at the Corinium

Wed 20 February , 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Mini Mosaics

Join us for a morning of mosaic making. We will explore the museum looking for inspiration from the museum’s Roman mosaic collections. During this morning workshop you will create a mosaic tile to take home.

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Mon 18 February , 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Roman Games

Ever wonder how Romano-British children passed their leisure time? Put down those electronic devices and come along to create custom gaming pieces and a gaming board to take home.

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Mon 18 February , 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Beautiful Brooches

Brooches are a prevalent feature in our collection because they were not only beautiful, but also practical. Bring your little designers along to learn about ancient techniques and then create several brooches of their own.

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Tue 19 February , 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Medieval Brass Rubbings

Join us for an afternoon of making transfer rubbings from original medieval brass plates. Then make your own designer plate to make rubbings from and take home.

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Tue 19 February , 7:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Don Quixote Royal Opera House LIVE Ballet

Cervantes’s story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote has inspired countless artistic interpretations. Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the man from La Mancha and his faithful squire Sancho Panza. At its heart are virtuoso roles for the lovers Basilio and Kitri.

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Wed 20 February , 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Gods, Goddesses, Spirits and Fates

Join Dr Valija Evalds as she takes you on a journey through Roman beliefs, superstitions and rituals. In this walk through the galleries we will consider objects depicting deities, honouring spirits and propitiating the fates.

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Thu 21 February , 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Stone Age Adventures

Join the Yarn Whisperer for an adventure that takes you back into the Stone Age. The story is told weaving props and traditional musical instruments to bring the Stone Age to life for family audiences.

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Experience our stunning collections

Corinium Museum’s principal collection consists of the highly significant finds from the Roman town of Corinium. With the exception of London it boasts the largest concentration of mosaics from this country- over 90 are known from the town and surrounding area. Corinium Dobunnorum began life as a fort and went on to become the capital of Britannia Prima. As a result this Museum houses one of the finest collections of Roman antiquities in the country.

The Museum’s collections span from prehistory to present day and consist not only of a large archaeology collection, but also agriculture, costume, paper ephemera and social history.

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Educational, engaging and inspiring - bring your school to Corinium Museum

The Museum is multi award winning with vibrant and extensive displays. The education service has achieved external accreditation from the Sandford Award for Heritage Education and Learning Outside the Classroom. It has been shortlisted and won awards for work with children and young people. Within each gallery there are opportunities for “hands on” exploration and discovery through our computer interactives. All sessions are linked to the national curriculum.

Activities are fun and informative and led by a team of professional staff.

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