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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 20 November , 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Rural Crafts of the Cotswolds

From tools once used by thatchers and hurdle makers, to photographs of hedge layers and Blacksmiths, our reserve collections reveal the craft & skills once common sights in the Cotswolds. After a tour of the Resource Centre, we will take a closer look at objects and photographs from the collection that evoke the rural crafts of the past.

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Tue 1 October , 10:00 am - Sat 9 November , 5:00 pm

Children’s Pumpkin Trail

Take part in our seasonal Pumpkin Trail this half term. We invite younger children to find the pumpkins hidden around the museum and older children who find them will answer questions relating to the spooky season. Once complete, children claim their prize at the end.

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Wed 20 November , 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Timon of Athens

In a world driven by greed, what do we truly value? Timon has it all – money, influence, friends. But when the money runs out, Timon soon finds her influence and friends have also gone. Left alone, she flees Athens to take refuge in the woods, cursing the city she once loved.

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Sat 23 November , 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Wild Rose

Rose-Lynn Harlan, played by BAFTA Rising Star nominee Jessie Buckley (Beast), is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of jail and with two young kids, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville.

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Sun 24 November , 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Wild Rose

Rose-Lynn Harlan, played by BAFTA Rising Star nominee Jessie Buckley (Beast), is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of jail and with two young kids, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville.

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Thu 28 November , 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Clash of Empires: Rome vs. Macedon

Everyone knows of Julius Caesar, the emperors, the gladiators and the legions but few are aware of the pivotal clash between Rome and Greece in the late third century BC, a war that lasted just three years. Kane will shine a spotlight on the little-known events of 200-197 BC.

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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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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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