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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

Thu 20 December , 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Stories with Santa

Santa visits the Corinium Museum to tell a short story from the North Pole in a magical setting and present the children with a seasonal gift at the end.

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Fri 19 October , 10:00 am - Mon 31 December , 4:00 pm

Shop Take Over Exhibition

We are delighted to announce our latest exhibition in the run up to Christmas is showcasing work from the local artists which we proudly feature in the Corinium Museum shop.

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Wed 12 December , 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Art of Roman Health

The second in a series of three lectures exploring Roman art with Dr Valija Evalds.

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Tue 18 December , 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Festive Lanterns

Create a special seasonal lantern to brighten the dark winter nights. All instruction and materials provided.

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Wed 19 December , 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Christmas Mosaics

Join us for a morning of mosaic making. We will explore the museum taking 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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Thu 20 December , 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Stories with Santa

Santa visits the Corinium Museum to tell a short story from the North Pole in a magical setting and present the children with a seasonal gift at the end.

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Thu 20 December , 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Peg Doll Angels and Dragons

Enter the world of winter fantasy. Make a peg doll angel with wings, halo and sparkling raiment and a fire breathing dragon that can clip onto a Christmas tree or give as a magical gift.

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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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