Welcome to the Roman Alcester Museum website
Please see the ‘Visiting’ section below for details of the limited opening that we are presently operating. Please remember to bring your facemask to help you enjoy a safe visit.
Discover Roman Alcester
Roman Alcester is the exciting free-of-charge exhibition interpreting and displaying objects from Alcester’s Roman past and providing an information and learning resource on the Roman period.
Alcester is one of the most investigated Roman small towns in the country, with over 100 archaeological digs in the last 80 years. Recent excavations have revealed much about the area of the Roman town which would have been outside the boundary wall built in the 3rd century AD.
Come to Roman Alcester and find out what life was like there in Roman times between the 1st and 4th centuries AD.
New QR codes: To help you get the most from your visit, QR codes (example below) have been added to many artefacts which, via a smartphone code reader, will allow you to explore more detail than can be provided in the exhibit cases. If you don’t already have a QR code reader on your phone, you can download a FREE reader via your phone’s app store.
The limited re-opening of the Alcester Roman Museum since September, including for Heritage Open Day, has been very successful. For the foreseeable future the Museum will only open when the Library (with which it shares a building) is closed. The Museum will therefore only open on Tuesdays and Saturday afternoons (see the ‘Visiting’ panel below). Chair of the Trust Susan Juned said: “We have missed our visitors and we are now able to welcome them back to see the wealth of beautiful and fascinating artefacts that we have that show the Roman history of this historic town”.
Visitor numbers are being limited to meet current social distancing guidelines. Regular cleaning, clear signage and our friendly volunteers will also help to ensure that visitors can stay safe and enjoy a relaxing day out.
The Museum collections focus on Roman Britain and there are pottery, coins, jewellery, a sample excavation, maps, other artefacts and a range of hands-on activities for families to explore.
The lack of damage to the Alcester Samian Ware collection (as illustrated above) is unusual. It is possible that a trader’s stock of bowls was buried during a fire or other catastrophic event.
Teachers – bring your class on a rewarding school visit.
School bookings are on hold due to Covid-19.
At the moment we are not sure when we will be able to resume bookings.
Roman Alcester offers hands-on visits linked to the National Curriculum Key Stage 2. Other age groups can be accommodated by special arrangement.
Children can make use of all the museum’s facilities to bring Roman Britain alive. They can handle pottery and other artefacts and during the afternoon dress in Roman armour for a photo opportunity.
Admission to Roman Alcester is free!
Find us at Globe House, Priory Road, Alcester, B49 5DZ
Winter Times of opening will operate from November:
Mon: Closed at present
Tues: 10.15 – 15.45 (from November 11.00 – 15.00)
Wed – Fri: Closed at present
Sun: Normally closed but there will occasionally be a special opening, for example for the annual Heritage Open Day.
The museum is fully accessible and has two disabled persons’ parking spaces accessed from Seggs Lane.