Verulamium Museum

Verulamium Museum, St. Albans: Hours, Address, Verulamium Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Verulamium Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 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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AlinaRC
Hertfordshire1,151 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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Steve S
London, UK235 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
Great museum and exhibition through out. Bonus of a short talk from a guide on Iron age pre Roman times. Interesting history of the area at a reasonable cost. Not from the park and stroll into St Albans. Well worth a visit at a reasonable cost. Would return again. Mosaics are beautiful and the stories behind some of the finds in the area very interesting
Written December 12, 2021
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Mike S
St. Albans, UK335 contributions
Sep 2021
A really interesting story is laid out before you to see how At. Albans became the city that it is today. Even better that residents get in free of charge :-)
Written September 12, 2021
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TravelBedfordshire
Leighton Buzzard, UK925 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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John P
Swansea, UK23 contributions
Aug 2021
We were not expecting the quality of experience we had. So many fascinating exhibits imaginatively accessible & evocative. Some genuinely effective interactive features too for all ages.
Written September 8, 2021
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Urgo42
10 contributions
Aug 2021
This is one of those museums where you look at the small outside and think you'll be done in 20mins. Don't worry, you won't be!

The museum is not in town centre - do be aware of this. There is P&D parking, but if you are able to walk from town, it is worth it to see the medieval buildings in Fishpool St.

Inside, the museum is divided into rooms and sections which are themed by topic, eg: food / death and burial. This not only helps to focus the visitor, but also divides the museum space and prevents it from feeling crowded on busier days.

There is a broad range of information and items on display, mostly locally-found and the local connection really is promoted well. Having been to many Roman museums, some things we knew already, but the detail on where things were found and the quirky local items were fascinating, it really was very engaging and interesting for older, seasoned history fans, but the children we saw there were having an equally good time - a very broad-appeal and well-pitched museum.

Some of the stand-outs:
- The mosaics. There are four huge and mostly intact mosaics, another large partial mosaic and a significant amount of painted wall plaster sympathetically displayed, and with space to take good photos, but also to get close and look at the details.
- the room on death. Usually not the cheeriest, but their displays were interesting. We almost missed the video, which would have been a shame as it was great - a man in role as the skeleton discovered talking about the discovery, and how they learned about his life, even showing the road where he was found (now houses). We usually don't like recreation things much, but this was very well done.
- The lovely range of exhibits. Yes, they have a gold hoard (shiny!) but just as fascinating were the more mundane items - the kitchen goods, the display and info on how horses' hooves were covered with little metal slip-ons, etc.

It was a lovely trip, and the start point for our day of Romans - we bought the combined ticket with the Roman Theatre, and visited the mosaic and wall in the park. Do stop in to St Michael's Church - it is on the site of the Roman Basilica and is likely where St Alban was tried.

One tip - bring a packed lunch. There is a cafe nearby, in the park, but I think we were overtaken in the queue by a snail...we gave up after 15mins in line outside.
Written August 22, 2021
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Mick B
6 contributions
Mar 2021
A walk round leaves you inspired by both the Roman history of the town and the dedication of the staff who cannot do enough to help!
Written August 20, 2021
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BillDewberry
Royston, UK105 contributions
Aug 2021
Great Museum for all ages. Certainly an brilliant introduction to the Romans for children.
Many artefacts of interest for local area. Impressive mosaics and coins. Good info boards
Written August 17, 2021
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Navigate794338
3 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Good place to visit during summer holidays a s a day trip to keep kiddies entertained. Was good to see what had been found in our local area. Not a big museum, so you won't spend hours there, but being next to the park you can go over there for the kids to play for a while. Car is busy, but not terrible prices. What I did think was good, if you are a resident of at Albans you can enter the museum for free
Written August 9, 2021
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Patrick D
Almaty, Kazakhstan17 contributions
Jul 2021
This is excellent value for money and really informative. The staff are really helpful and the exhibits are well presented.
Written July 16, 2021
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