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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

Tue 31 December , 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Mosaic Snowflakes

Join us for a morning of mosaic making. During this morning workshop and inspired by the season, you will create a mosaic snowflake to take home using colourful, safe glass tiles.

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December 1, 2019 , 10:00 am - January 6, 2020 , 5:00 pm

Christmas Jumper Trail

Take part in our magical Christmas Jumper Trail this holiday celebrating the book Granny Magic by author Valija Evalds.

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Tue 17 December , 7:15 am - 9:30 pm

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite. It is Christmas Eve and Herr Drosselmeyer sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure in which time is suspended.

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Mon 23 December , 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Stories with Santa

Santa is visiting the Corinium Museum to tell a short story from the North Pole in a magical setting.

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Mon 23 December , 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Stories with Santa

Santa is visiting the Corinium Museum to tell a short story from the North Pole in a magical setting.

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January 2, 2020 , 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Stories by Lantern Light

Create a seasonal mask and then sit by lantern light to hear about the adventures of Snow Queens, Ice Bears and Magic Mittens in winter tales from many lands.

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January 3, 2020 , 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Roman Armour

Join the invasion! Become a Roman soldier by making your own full set of Roman armour including shield, helmet, standard and sword. James will also dazzle you with some real Roman artefacts from the store.

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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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