Jewry Wall Museum
At Jewry Wall Museum you can discover the archaeology of Leicester’s past and find out about the people of Leicester from prehistoric times to the medieval period.
A special display on the history of archaeology in Leicester, ‘Archaeology and Endeavour’ explains why our city has such rich and interesting museum collections and includes a stunning display of extremely rare medieval glass from Wygston’s House.
The museum grounds contain one of Leicester’s most famous landmarks, the Jewry Wall, part of the Roman town's public baths. It is one of the tallest surviving pieces of Roman masonry in the country.
The celebration of Leicester’s Roman history continues inside the museum, with stunning collections including detailed mosaics, intricate painted wall plaster and a beautiful Roman cavalry helmet cheekpiece.
Complementing our Roman archaeology collections, there are fascinating artefacts from other eras. From ancient stone tools to striking medieval decorated tiles from Leicester Abbey, there's something to interest the whole family.
Museum, Archaeological site
The museum will be closed for refurbishment from 31 July 2017 until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
There is a car park adjacent to the museum, within St. Nicholas Circle. Wheelchair access is available from Holy Bones, through Vaughan College private car park. Please telephone in advance so that we can make sure the access through the car park is clear. The museum displays and toilet are entirely wheelchair accessible.
The adjacent museum tells the story of Leicester from prehistory through to the end of the medieval period. The museum holds Leicestershire's archaeological collections ranging in date from 300,000 years ago to the end of the Middle Ages. The Roman collections are particularly exciting and include what experts describe as the finest Roman mosaic in this country and three very rare examples of magnificent Roman wall painting.
'The Making of Leicester', a multi-media exhibition, tells the story of the City from the Iron Age to the year 2000. The exhibition focuses on the people who created Leicester's colourful history in a series of exciting formats. The centrepiece of the exhibition is the specially commissioned portraits of Leicester at different historical periods and the scientific re-creation of the faces of historic Leicester citizens from their skulls.
Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Religion, Science and Technology, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War
Key artists and exhibits
- Glen Parva Lady
- Blackfriars Pavement
- Peacock Mosaic
- Blue Boar Lane Wall Plaster
- Norfolk Street Villa Wall Plaster
Jewry Wall Museum
St Nicholas Circle