Gloucestershire GL7 2BX
The Corinium Museum in the Cotswold town of Cirencester is superb and should not be missed. The visitor would never guess what treasures lie within the plain stone building in Park Street.
The museum contains artefacts from all over the Cotswolds ranging from pre-history to the present day. They are displayed in contextual settings augmented with touch screens and hands-on activities.
The Romano-British Collection is the most extensive in the country and relates both to the town of Cirencester (Corinium) and its hinterland. Corinium was the second largest town in Roman Britain and several of the beautiful mosaic floors on show were uncovered in nearby Dyer Street.
Displayed in appropriately reconstructed rooms are magnificent sculptures, painted plaster walls, tessellated pavements, hypocausts, architecture, coins, ceramics, domestic material and late military belt fittings.
There are even reconstructed Roman gardens planted with the vegetables and herbs used in a kitchen.
An Anglo-Saxon Gallery houses remains found in a cemetery in Lechlade that was excavated in 1985. The remains include rare gold pendants and other artefacts but perhaps the most arresting exhibits are the forensically re-constructed man and child who were among the 219 bodies found.
The gallery is also home to Mrs Getty, a 6th century princess who was also found in the cemetery, so called because of the 500 treasures that were buried with her.
The Museum does a fine job of presenting Cirencester’s history. The different galleries depict the wealth derived from the Cotswold wool and cloth industries, the power and influence wielded by the great Augustinian Abbey of St Mary, the many skirmishes of the Civil War and the role of agriculture in the development of the town.
The museum website has a number of downloadable pdf documents such as Ten Treasures – Not to be missed. Forthcoming Events and Exhibitions and a floor plan of the museum.
Plan Your Visit
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Opening Times & Admission Costs
Refer Museum website link below
Shop: The Museum Shop has a separate entrance to the museum and can be visited separately at no charge. Open: Mon-Sat: 10:00 – 17:00. Sun: 14:00 – 17:00.
Jack’s Café is adjacent to the museum.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0) 1285 655 611
- By Car & Parking:
Follow the brown signs for the Corinium Museum. These will lead you to the nearest long stay car park in ‘The Old Station’. The car park is about 2 minutes walk from the Museum, follow the pedestrian signs.
- By Bus:
The nearest bus stop is next to St John’s Church in the Market Place.
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