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Cirencester
Corinium museum

About the Corinium museum

Visitors can trace the story of the Cotswolds from Prehistory to the late 19th Century, with hands-on exhibits, interactive displays and a wealth of precious artefacts. There are animated and practical games, and audio-visual screens to bring the past to life for everyone from schoolchildren to grandparents.

Special emphasis is placed on the town !"s Roman heritage, reflecting Cirencester !"s importance as the second biggest Roman town, Corinium, outside London. The Roman collection is now spread over two floors and includes marvellous mosaics, tombstones and sculpture as well as room and shop reconstructions and objects from everyday Roman life.

A dramatic new Anglo-Saxon gallery has been created to house the finds  including rare gold pendants - from the cemetery uncovered at Butler !"s Field, Lechlade, in 1985. Here, visitors will come face to face with their ancestors in the shape of a forensically-reconstructed Anglo-Saxon man and child who were among the 219 bodies.

The centrepiece of this new gallery is the reconstruction of the grave of Mrs Getty !", the 6th Century Anglo-Saxon princess so nicknamed because of the 500 treasures buried with her.

Facial anthropologist Dr Caroline Wilkinson, the expert behind BBC2 !"s Meet The Ancestors, has painstakingly reconstructed Mrs Getty !"s head from clues yielded by her skull. Now, complete with body, clothes and hair, Mrs Getty appears laid out in her coffin with replicas of her grave goods !". The originals  around 1,500 years old  will be on display in a secure case nearby.

The revamped medieval gallery focuses on the impact that the wool trade had on the town of Cirencester and its Abbey  the second largest Augustinian foundation in the country. Although almost completely destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries, it has left a wealth of sculpture and architectural carvings.


Opening times

November - March

Monday-Saturday: 10.00am-4.00pm. Sunday: 2.00pm-4.00pm

April-October

Monday-Saturday: 10.00am-5.00pm. Sunday: 2.00pm-5.00pm


Admission prices
 
Adult
  £4.80
Senior Citizens (age 60+)
  £4.00
Children 5-16 £2.40
Students, JSA, ESA and ES40 holders   £3.20

Annual season ticket (valid for 1 year) Visit the Corinium Museum as many times as you like!

A season ticket is valid for a whole year from the date of purchase and entitles the holder to free entry to the museum and temporary exhibitions.

It allows you to make the most of our busy program of events and exhibitions. Plus, it also gives you great discounts on lectures and workshops.

  • Adults £14.25
  • Senior Citizens (age 60+) £11.25
  • Children £7.00
  • Students £9.50
  • Families 10% discount off the adult/child season ticket prices
Group rates
  £3.00 per person

Contact details

Corinium Museum
Park Street
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 2BX

Tel : 01285 655611

Email : timp@carlisle-city.gov.uk

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