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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 26 July , 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A Tale of Two Hoards

Join Kurt Adams Finds Liaison Officer for Gloucestershire, to hear the tale of two remarkable Roman hoards.

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Thu 5 July , 10:00 am - Sun 29 July , 5:00 pm

Sian Summerhayes Exhibition

The Corinium Museum welcomes back Sian Summerhayes for a stunning exhibition of contemporary art influenced by tradition art. Animals, birds, flowers and all things nature complemented by intricate patterns on paintings, prints and furnishings perfect for adorning the home.

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Mon 23 July , 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Adult Drawing Workshop

Join us to draw some real Roman and Prehistoric artefacts.

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Thu 26 July , 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Roman Shields

Make and decorate your own Roman Shield, inspired by the Roman army, to take home.

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Thu 26 July , 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Become an Archaeologist

Have a go at handling real Roman artefacts from our collections, drawing and trying to identify them.

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Fri 27 July , 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Roman Helmets

Make and decorate your own Roman Centurion helmet, inspired by the Roman army, to take home.

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Tue 31 July , 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Prehistoric Painting

Release your inner artist, and explore 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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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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