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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

Sun 21 October , 2:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Mayerling Royal Opera House LIVE Ballet

Mayerling is a classic of the Royal Ballet repertory, with its emotional depth, haunting imagery, and one of the most demanding roles ever created for a male dancer.

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Wed 5 September , 10:00 am - Sat 29 September , 5:00 pm

Seasons of the Cotswolds

Oil paintings and sketches of various Cotswold locations by artist and natural mindfulness guide Nick Pike.

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Thu 27 September , 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Martin Jones – Tales from a Civil Engineer

Celebrate 200th Anniversary of the Institution of Civil Engineers with an evening lecture that offers an insight into this fascinating discipline.

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Sat 29 September , 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Lily James plays free-spirited journalist Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

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Sun 30 September , 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Lily James plays free-spirited journalist Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

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Wed 3 October , 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Behind the Scenes: Stitch In Time

A unique opportunity to look through a selection of the Museum’s textile collections stored at the Museum Resource Centre. From Shepherd’s smocks to wedding dresses – this is a wonderful chance to learn more about our reserve costume collections.

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Thu 18 October , 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Aethelflael – Lady of the Mercians

This year we mark 1100 years since the death of the most powerful woman of the English Middle Ages - Aethelflael – Lady of the Mercians.

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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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