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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

Wed 31 July , 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

RSC Live Measure for Measure

When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her. Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today.

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Tue 16 July , 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cirencester in the Civil War Town Walk

Ian Thomas will lead a walk around the town bringing to life the ‘storming of Cirencester’ in 1643. See where events unfolded and consider the significance of Cirencester in the English Civil War.

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Thu 18 July , 10:00 am - Mon 2 September , 5:00 pm

Children’s Roman Soldier Trail

Search for the Roman soldiers around the museum galleries this summer.

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Tue 23 July , 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Stone Age Painting Children’s Workshop

Get hands-on with the natural methods that people have been using for the creation of art for thousands of years. Be prepared to get creative and messy!

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Tue 23 July , 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dig Pit

Visit the museum and learn about archaeological techniques by trying your hand in one of our dig pits.

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Wed 24 July , 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.

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Wed 24 July , 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Medieval Cirencester Town Walk

Join Valija to experience medieval Cirencester: from sacred splendours to squalid streets on this walking tour

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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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