Verulamium Museum
Verulamium Museum
4.5
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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  • timsimmk
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom61 contributions
    A nice little museum
    For a little, reasonably priced museum, this museum is very good. There is a rich collection of artefacts and plenty of information. Don't plan to spend the day here though, as the museum can probably be covered in 30-60 minutes.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 25, 2023
  • BubblyJubbly
    Cuffley, United Kingdom112 contributions
    Fascinating exhibits from the Romans
    Lots of artefacts here and I'd say essential if you want to understand more about the Romans who made this place their home. I found the most stunning exhibits to be the mosaics, excavated from sites nearby and put back together here in the museum to stunning effect. The every day objects are very interesting too, from glassware, to jewellery and various tools. Some of these are displayed in room settings, others in glass cases. The entrance fee is very reasonable - with a discount too if you're over 60. I didn't have to prove it but then what woman would happily add on years! We bought tickets which also included entrance to the remains of the Roman amphitheatre over the road. It was sunny and windy when we went, but I'm glad we saw it. Don't expect too much as you do have to use a bit of imagination as there's not that much left. There would originally have been wooden, banked seats around the outside and other things like a triumphal arch behind the stage.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 9, 2023
  • JMCSTL
    Saint Louis, Missouri6,000 contributions
    Glimpses of Roman Britain
    A small but well-presented museum, focusing on the lives & times of the people who comprised the Roman Conquest of Britain. Their occupation lasted from AD 43 to AD 410, and the Verulamium Museum (named after the Roman town that was established southwest of what is now the English town of St Albans, Hertfordshire) offers insights into how those people lived & worked & built a community. The artifacts collected & displayed are varied & extensive, from everyday usage items to coins to large mosaic decorations to the remains of Roman citizens exhumed with their lead coffins. Surrounding those items are descriptions & depictions of the settlement & development of a Roman society in the area, with informative signage & mixed media displays to engage visitors of all ages. The facilities are well maintained, the staff is friendly, and the adjacent car park is very handy to visit the Museum as well as other sites around St Albans. Our adult party members purchased combined entry tickets for the Verulamium Museum and the nearby Roman Theatre (a walk up the hill on St Michael's Street & across the A4147). The old Theatre site is more suited & presented to host the modern entertainment events scheduled there than to learning more about Roman Britain history. So we would recommend focusing your time & money on the Museum alone, then moving on to explore the rest of what St Albans town has to offer.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 24, 2023
  • hilary d
    London, United Kingdom811 contributions
    Verulamium Museum 12.2.24
    We finally got to visit this very interesting museum on Monday 12th February,we attempted to visit last Sunday and it was closed! Its a great compact museum with lots to see and read,my favourite are the floor tiles,what people ate and drank,coins,clothes and enterntainment. The location is beautiful,walking through the park on a lovely sunny day!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 12, 2024
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F_Club
St. Albans, UK7 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
This museum is very interesting and contains lots of information and artefacts from St Albans in the roman times . Its free for locals and there's a good gift shop. For children, they also offer some activity sheets to complete as they go around the museum . It is very interesting and you can learn something new every time you visit. As well as this, it is also a chance to admire some beautiful roman mosaics.
Written January 19, 2020
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TravelerY7322W
New York City, NY78 contributions
Nov 2019
This small museum showcases items found (and continue to be excavated) in Verulamium. We enjoyed spending about an hour in here before enjoying an afternoon in the park. There is a fun 'scavenger' hunt for kids and the gift shop has some unique items. There are some real treasures in this museum - we've been all over Italy and not seen some of the items on display here. Highly recommend if you're into Roman History and want to learn more. We also went to see the nearby ruins, there isn't much to see, but if it's a nice day there's no reason not to go and look at them, and imagine who stood there 2000 years ago.
Written January 4, 2020
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TravelBedfordshire
Leighton Buzzard, UK1,072 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
We visited here with our 5 year old grandson. There were lots of artefacts for him to look at. Some interactive things to do too. Although the concept of the Romans was too advanced for him to understand, the museum is laid out in an attractive and interesting way. He enjoyed the dressing up clothes too. We discovered that residents with an AL3 postcode are entitled to free entry into the museum.

The shop has some reasonably priced artefacts for sale.

The structure of the museum building is lovely. There’s plenty of car parking nearby.
Written September 10, 2021
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Jane T
Hinckley, UK2 contributions
Sep 2020
The displays and reconstructions are full of information. But I was very disappointed with the customer service. The staff made little attempt to welcome us or or give any help. Not even toilet paper to hand!
I have wanted to visit for many years . but this will be memorable for all the wrong reasons.
Using the website to plan my visit was difficult, it assumed an amount of familiarity with the area, tourist Signage from the city outskirts was poor, and disability parking difficult to find.
I didnt realise what a fascinating city St Alban's is, but it does not celebrate its features or market itself as a tourist destination. Such a pity. A
Written September 17, 2020
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Revd_Dr_Mike
Market Deeping, UK30 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Very disappointing. We travelled a long way and stayed over in a hotel to see this. Despite what this website says the museum was closed to the public. Because of a performance through the summer access to the Roman Theatre was severely limited even when no performance and even this was spoilt by grass cutting. The Hypocaust was open and very good. Fortunately we were not charged. Don't travel until things are fully open and the performance season is over.
Written July 8, 2021
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BubblyJubbly
Cuffley, UK112 contributions
Apr 2023
Lots of artefacts here and I'd say essential if you want to understand more about the Romans who made this place their home. I found the most stunning exhibits to be the mosaics, excavated from sites nearby and put back together here in the museum to stunning effect. The every day objects are very interesting too, from glassware, to jewellery and various tools. Some of these are displayed in room settings, others in glass cases.
The entrance fee is very reasonable - with a discount too if you're over 60. I didn't have to prove it but then what woman would happily add on years! We bought tickets which also included entrance to the remains of the Roman amphitheatre over the road. It was sunny and windy when we went, but I'm glad we saw it. Don't expect too much as you do have to use a bit of imagination as there's not that much left. There would originally have been wooden, banked seats around the outside and other things like a triumphal arch behind the stage.
Written April 9, 2023
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ArthurWonder
Uckfield, UK13 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Fantastic museum full of artefacts and informative descriptions. We spent about 3 hours going round but could have spent longer. If you want to see more artefacts than the main displays there are pull out drawers beneath with more catalogued finds. We came away with a greater depth of knowledge of Roman Britain and realising that even Iron Age Britons were far more sophisticated than we thought! Although we went on a day where there were some school visits we were still able to take everything in and the kids were well behaved and interested! The admission fee of £6 each and £4 for a guide book is amazing value, and it’s one of the best guide books we’ve had from an attraction! Highly recommended
Written September 28, 2022
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janemarion99
Watford Herts239 contributions
Dec 2022
Visited this museum yesterday with some friends visiting from Australia and we all enjoyed it very much. Good value for money. Afterwards we walked along to the cafe in the park and had a nice lunch. It's a real shame that the museum is closed on Sundays as that surely would be the most popular day of all to visit.
Written December 8, 2022
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AlinaRC
Hertfordshire1,526 contributions
Dec 2021
Very engaging museum that brings to life Roman St Albans. My dad is a history buff and really interested in all things Roman. Myself, mother and our visitor from the US have no special interests. The excellent displays appealed, regardless of your level of prior knowledge.

There are some stunning pieces including the mosaics; a hoard of Roman coins; a statue of a Roman goddess; a coffin decorated with shells; beautiful glass and fine pottery. The quality is as good as that anywhere in the UK including the British Museum and Cirencester. St Albans was one of the most important towns in Britain in Roman times. The museum also does a good job of bringing to life more ordinary Romans and everyday life - how they lived in their homes, that they eat and their work. If you are local and have not been for while it makes a great half-day out. The arrangements were all very well organised and we felt safe during our visit.
Written December 25, 2021
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Suzanne1London
London556 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great small museum, interesting lay out lots to see and read about, the amphitheatre is included in the admission price and just a short walk away.
In the adjacent park there is free section of Roman wall and a mosaic in a white building, which are free.
The loos need attention, no hot/warm water and the hand drier not fit for purpose.
Written February 24, 2024
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