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Corinium Museum Cirencester Reviews
Corinium Museum Dec 05, 2009
The Corinium museum is a museum in Cirencester, a small town at the edge of the Cotswolds region of England. It is home to artefacts about the history of Cirencester and the surrounding countryside.
Corinium is the Roman name for Cirencester, which started out its history as a fortress guarding the Romans from the local tribes and became a prosperous town. Because of this, the bulk of the museum’s artefacts date from Roman Britain. There are large mosaics brought from Roman villas in the area, statues of Gods and Goddesses, coins and jewellery, and some interesting displays about life in Roman towns. There are some displays of saxon life, including weapons and jewellery again, and a small amount of information on Cirencester later in its history.
The museum is light and airy, and has a lot of activities aimed at families and children. The children I saw there were all busily filling in treasure hunts and spotting clues, and seemed to have a lot of fun. For the adults, some of the museum’s displays (particularly the non-Roman ones) can be a little lacking in context, but still fascinating.
The entrance price is currently £4.10 for an adult, which seems steep for a small museum. But given that it cannot attract either the visitor numbers or the subsidies of a London museum, I think that this is fair enough considering they have to look after the mosaics. Disabled access to the lower floors would be fine, but I didn’t notice whether or not there was a lift for the upper floor display on Rome.
There is a small café, clean toilets, and an unguarded cloakroom – don’t leave your mobile in your coat pocket! Allow about an hour, maybe two if you have kids or are particularly interested in ancient Roman life in the UK. There are also lots of nice coffee houses and pubs in Cirencester itself, and some interesting shops and craft markets, so extending your visit to the town might be worthwhile. There is also a ruined Roman amphitheatre, but it is very badly signposted and, having got lost in two housing estates, I gave up looking for it!
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