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 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 20 August , 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Interpreting Corinium’s Mosaics

Over 90 mosaics have been discovered in the rich Roman town of Corinium. Join Emma to explore the interpretation of Corinium Museum’s incredible mosaic collection.

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Wed 21 August , 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Mythical Beasts

Dragons, Gryphons and Three-Headed Dogs: A storytelling session featuring magical beasts. Brave children can volunteer for theatrical participation. All are welcome to make a clothes-peg dragon, help tell a story with it, and take it home.

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Thu 22 August , 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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Fri 30 August , 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Cirencester in the Civil War

Ian Thomas will lead a walk around the town bringing to life the ‘storming of Cirencester’ in 1643.

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Wed 28 August , 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Votes for Women Town Walk

Join Sue Jones and see where Mrs. Pankhurst was photographed on her visit to the town. Sue will lead people on a journey of women’s suffrage and explore the stories of the battles faced by local women who were fighting for the vote.

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Wed 4 September , 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Victorian Home

Come and explore the 19th century home through the museum’s reserve collections. After a tour of the Resource Centre, we will look at the Victorian home room by room using objects from our social history 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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