St Albans Museum: ‘A reason for locals to feel proud’ – review

It’s a bit of an oddball but this free museum brings the city’s Roman and recent past to life in ways kids can enjoy rather than endure

In the middle of St Albans, one of the UK’s smallest cities, is this unintentionally eccentric new museum, part funded by the local community who helped bring it to life. The building was designed as a grand courthouse and its Georgian splendour has been restored to house a curious range of galleries that chart the most famous and the lesser-known parts of the area’s history (from its origins as Roman Verulamium to its role in the printing industry), alongside modern art and exhibits. Friendly and plentiful staff help bring the building’s past to life, showing visitors round the old cells or whipping up mock trials in the courtroom, which doubles as a cafe.

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