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The Verulamium Museum holds archaeological collections from the Roman city of Verulamium and the medieval town of St Albans including mosaics, pottery, metalwork, glassware and bone. It has recreated Roman rooms, hands-on discovery areas, video presentations and regular invasions by soldiers from the Roman Imperial Army (every second weekend in the month).

The Museum’s services include regular family activities (storytime, crafts, mosaic making), a schools programme (workshops, tours, artefact handling), access to its library, a free object identification service, lectures, work experience placements and volunteering opportunities. 

Highlights

  • spectacular mosaics that have been recovered virtually intact
  • elaborate and beautiful wall plasters
  • regular invasions by Roman soldiers (every second weekend in the month)
  • friendly and informative staff
  • free entry for St Albans residents (proof required)

Admission: Please see website for current admission prices.

Overview

  • Dates and times: Opening times: Mon to Sat 10am-5.30pm, Sun 2-5.30pm. Last admission 5pm. Open all year, except between Christmas and New Year - please check for details.

Address and Contact info

  • Address: St Michael's Street
  • Town: St Albans
  • County: Herts
  • Postcode: AL3 4SW

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Review Overview

Roman World - review by roving reporter

I echo the earlier reviewer comments. This is a place you can nip into (don't forget address ID if you live locally) or take more time over. The museum has a modern feel to it although the display does not seem to change. However I have visited 3 or 4 times now and still enjoy it. I recommend a walk around the amphitheatre - you have to pay extra for this but the man at the gate gave us a very personal resume of the site and its history before we went round. If you still have time there is also the hypocaust in the park. However I was less impressed with this having walked over on a VERY cold day. Everyone who lives within 20 miles of St Albans should visit this museum at least once! [Jan 09]

16 Jan 09
2009-01-16T14:52:52.0000000+00:00
4
Verulamium Museum
A glimpse of Roman life in St Albans - review by south-sider

First impressions of the hugely interesting Verulamium Museum, located on the west side of Verulamium Park, give a hint of what is to come. The building itself is in the style of a Roman villa and its contents describe everyday life in Roman Britain. The museum is compact and can easily be navigated in an hour. But why rush when there is such an abundance of roman archaeology on show, most of which comes from the town of Verulamium itself. All the exhibits are accessible for children with touch screen information points for inquisitive fingers and audio visual displays to fire the imagination. At weekends there are often special events, talks, games and walks – details can be found on the Museum’s website.

Once you have enjoyed all the Museum has to offer, you can always pop into the Inn on the Park for a snack before continuing your explorations into all things Roman at the Hypocaust and Amphitheatre, both a short walk away. [Oct 08]

05 Aug 08
2008-08-05T21:22:06.0000000+01:00
4
Verulamium Museum

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