As with most destinations in England, you can never guarentee to have great weather when you visit Hadrian's Wall! Fortunately, should it be raining when you visit, there are several great museums for you to explore and discover what life was like for those who lived and worked on Hadrian's Wall.
The Roman artefacts on display highlight a Roman soldier's daily life including his food, pay, clothing and armour, weapons and other aspects of his life, all illustrated with finds from Vindolanda. Step back in time and view the reconstructions of a Roman barrack room and storeroom and imagine what life was like here on Hadrian’s Wall. Make sure you make time for the award winning Eagle’s Eye Film, a stunning virtual reality tour back to Roman times.
The museum is home to infrared photographs of the world famous Vindolanda Tablets, one of the most important archaeological findings from Roman times. These hand-written artefacts give a valuable insight into everyday life on the wall.
Found on the same site as Chesters Roman Fort, this museum houses many of the artefacts found during excavated here.
The museum displays a rich selection of Roman finds, and has extensive handling collections of real and replica Roman objects, including armour. The museum is home to the famous lion of Corbridge, a stone fountainhead found on the site. Displays show the extent of the Roman conquest of Britain, and the expansion of the site over the years. An audio tour is provided to guide you around the site.
While not strictly speaking a museum, Once Brewed Tourist Information is the perfect starting point for any first time visitors to Hadrian's Wall. The staff are friendly and helpful and several of the best walks in the area start and finish close by.
Segedunum is home to a large interactive museum plus a 35 metre high viewing platform allowing an almost birds eye view of the fort.
The Great North Museum houses a fully interactive Hadrian's Wall exhibition.
Journey back in time to the Roman occupation and uncover the mysteries of Hadrian's Wall. Travel through the dark ages and grind corn as the Celts did. Experience the highs and lows of England's Civil War. Voyage through the Debatable Lands - home of the Border Reivers, marauding family gangs whose terrifying family feuds left many a Border widow bereaved.
The museum displays the largest group of Roman military altar stones and inscriptions from any site in Britain and unique examples of Romano-British religious sculpture. Most of the objects in the museum derive from the fort at Maryport and the Roman civil settlement attached to it.