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.
April – October
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 2 – 5pm
November – March
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 2 – 4pm
Discover the archaeology of the Cotswolds as you explore its history at this multi award winning Museum.
Corinium Museum has embarked on an exciting £1.87 million project – “Stone Age to Corinium: Discover the Archaeology of the Cotswolds” and has been successful in securing support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Tue 25 February , 7:15 am - 9:45 pm
Choreographer Cathy Marston is previously an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and much in demand internationally. The inspiration for her first work for The Royal Ballet Main Stage is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré.Full details
Thu 27 February , 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
2020 commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Join John Smith in his lecture recalling the courage, backgrounds and bravery of the pilots who took on the mighty Luftwaffe in their Spitfires and Hurricanes. John will outline the battle where the 'few', against all odds, changed the course of the Second World War.Full details
Tue 17 March , 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm
Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. The music is transcendent throughout.Full details
Wed 18 March , 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
With two days to go before the first day of spring, come and explore the more curious aspects of the Cotswolds in the museum’s collections. Cheese-rolling and sack races, folk dancers and fiddlers, lucky things and seasonal customs, in this talk we’ll poke about in the more unusual corners of the Corinium Museum’s reserve collection.Full details
Thu 26 March , 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tudor houses, surrounded by their gardens have always been looked on as picturesque but how were they built and how were they used and decorated? We look at records in the way of inventories and wills which give us insight into the Tudor home and discover what was common place in the Tudor garden and why.Full details
Sat 28 March , 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard Of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown..Full details
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.
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.