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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 30 January , 6:45 pm - 10:15 pm

La traviata Royal Opera House LIVE Opera

From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heartbreaking reconciliation that comes too late – Verdi’s La traviata is one of the most popular of all operas. Alfredo falls in love in with the courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society, but underneath the surface run darker undercurrents, leading to a tragic ending.

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Thu 17 January , 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Prehistory: A Story of Stone, Bone and Pottery

A lecture and handling workshop using fabulous prehistoric tools and pottery. Learn to identify objects from the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. Find out what the greatest ever human invention was.

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Wed 23 January , 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Dress and Identity in the Roman Empire

This illustrated lecture will explore the clothing of the Roman world: its textures, its colours and its symbols; from senators to slaves, to matrons and brides.

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Sat 26 January , 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Mamma Mia! Here we go Again

Join us for a Rural Cinema screening of Mamma Mia! here we go Again.

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Sun 27 January , 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Mamma Mia! Here we go Again

Join us for a Rural Cinema screening of Mamma Mia! Here we go Again.

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Wed 30 January , 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Spotlight on the Orpheus Mosaic

The Orpheus Mosaic represents one of Britain’s finest examples from Roman Britain. Join Emma to hear about the design, unusual archaeology and the eventual rescue of this impressive mosaic.

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Thu 31 January , 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

From Saints Bones to Charles Dickens’ Monkey

Dr Caroline Morris will present items such as Henry VIII’s glove, Jane Austen’s Table, Sir Edward Elgar’s glasses and discuss why biographically significant objects like these have been displayed and enjoyed for centuries.

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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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