Plans to create a £500,000 gallery displaying a glimpse of Carlisle's history have been approved.
The Roman Gateway Gallery will showcase a range of artefacts, including statues and leather saddles, at its base in Tullie House Museum by Hadrian's Wall.
The city council passed the proposals, which are funded by the North West Development Agency.
Building work is due to start in the new year and the gallery will open to visitors in 2011.
Hilary Wade, the director of the museum and art gallery, said: "This is fabulous news and it will mean we can move forward with cutting edge designs and display technology.
"The new gallery will have special walk-through reconstructions of life in a Roman city and interactive displays will be used.
"We have many artefacts, even a body louse dating back to Roman times, which have been taken from excavations over the years which we will now be able to showcase."