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Verulamium Museum, St Albans

During half term we were staying in Hertfordshire with family, so when a friend asked if we’d like to join them visiting the Verulamium Museum in St Albans we couldn’t resist.

Museum building

It was a bitterly cold day, but the sun was shining.

Verulamium was the third largest city of Roman Britain and the museum in St Albans currently sits on the site of this Roman town. The museum exhibits lots of Roman artefacts and mosaics. There is loads of information to discover and see demonstrating life during the Roman times in this large City.

Each of the children had a worksheet to go through. It was like I-spy where they had to tick off each object on the sheet once they had seen it. They did need a little help, but enjoyed hunting for their items.

There is a good video to watch which tells you all about the history of Verulamium and how it developed. We then wandered round the museum from room to room discovering Roman pottery, coins, tools, food and mosaics amongst other things. It was very interesting.

The children had fun dressing up in some costumes and making their own mosaics too.

The museum is not huge, but is packed full of information and has plenty of things to see and do.

We headed outside for lunch and had a picnic on a freezing cold bench in the park before taking a look at the remains of a house the other side of the park. It was fascinating and even demonstrated how the Romans used underfloor heating.

At this point it was obvious the children needed to burn off some energy, so we took a walk around the beautiful lake. The kids ran and played with sticks, whilst the adults grabbed the chance to catch up.Walk around the lake

We stopped for a quick look in this amazing bug hotel in a wildlife garden we passed. We only found woodlouse though.

We headed over the road to the Roman Theatre. This was my favourite part, you could really see how it would have been all those years ago. They even had dressing rooms.

It was time to round off the day with a play in the park and a good laugh together.

We had a lovely day out with friends, catching up and learning. The museum is very interesting and fantastic for anyone studying this period in school.


7 thoughts on “Verulamium Museum, St Albans”

  1. Looks like you had a really lovely day and the museum looks fascinating and how great that they engage the children with a sort of treasure hunt 🙂

  2. I like the look of the museum. Brilliant for history curriculum at school. The bug hotel is impressive. I think we’ll have to upgrade our bug house into a hotel this year.

  3. What a great place to visit with the kids, it’s great when you can all have an enjoyable day out and it ties in with the school curriculum too. I love the shot of the four kids stood by the lake staring at the little puddle beside it. The amphitheatre looks like a great place to let off some steam running around, did they put on a performance in the stage area? You know the kids had fun when you see the smiles on the kids faces in the last photo

  4. That looks like an amazing trip! Museums are always nice to further a study of a subject me thinks. And the outside trip looks fun as well. I love the last photo. Everyone looks so happy in there

  5. Perfect timing to see this post as we’re planning a visit to St Albans in the next couple of months and I’d got this on my list. Looks like our kind of fun

  6. Oh wow, what an interesting place to visit. I love museums and can’t wait till Evie is at the age where she can go and happily absorb the information. It’s cool that they had little activities on too and dressing up. The roman theatre with dressing rooms sounds really cool.

  7. This museum looks amazing! I love that you can make mosaics too, must be interesting to see what patterns they came up with. The lake looks like a great place to race about and I love the huge bug hotel, need to make something like that at home. I never find anything in them though, must be hard to find them when it’s that big. Looks like they’re having loads of fun on that rocket at the park too, fab photo! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

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