Verulamium Museum to be temporarily closed this February half-term for vital works
Verulamium Museum – renowned for its ancient treasures and some of the finest mosaics outside of the Mediterranean – is set to close temporarily this February to enable vital works to be undertaken.
In order to ensure the priceless artefacts on display are housed in the most appropriate environments and to guarantee the safety and wellbeing of visitors, specialist tradespeople will be drafted into the museum to carry out these tasks.
The works will take place between Saturday 15 February – Sunday 23 February.
This half term closure will ensure that there is no disruption to schools which have booked to visit the museum to learn about Roman history.
Visitors who were planning a trip to Verulamium Museum during half term are encouraged to visit St Albans Museum + Gallery instead. Families are invited to take part in messy science workshops, build a dragon and visit the Science in St Albans and Pageant Fever! exhibitions for free.
Councillor Anthony Rowlands, Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure and Sport, said:
The museums in St Albans are an incredible resource and we need to make sure we are taking care of these invaluable assets for the community.
This brief closure will ensure that Verulamium Museum is ready to welcome everyone.
Notes to editors
- Verulamium Museum is run by St Albans City and District Council's museums service. For more information about Verulamium Museum, St Albans Museum + Gallery, the Hypocaust, the Clock Tower, Sopwell Ruins, or the field archaeology unit and associated excavations, please visit www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk or call 01727 864511.
- Verulamium Museum is free to visit for St Albans residents and open 7 days a week, Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm (last admission), Sunday: 2pm - 5pm (last admission)
- Verulamium Museum is an accredited museum and has won the Sandford Award for its innovative Learning programme
- Follow @stalbansmuseums on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for latest news and updates
About Verulamium Museum
Built on the site of one of the largest Roman cities in Britain, Verulamium Museum tells the story of life in Britain over 2,000 years ago. From immersive recreated Roman rooms and intricate large-scale mosaics to jewellery, coins and homeware, the museum displays archaeological finds discovered during the excavations carried out by Mortimer and Tessa Wheeler in the 1930s.
As well as impressive mosaics, Verulamium Museum displays recent discoveries such as the Sandridge Hoard, a collection of 159 Roman gold coins.
Verulamium Museum is situated in Verulamium Park, where further evidence of Roman Britain can be discovered. Directly outside the museum you can visit the Roman Hypocaust, with the Roman Theatre and the Roman city walls a short walk away.