Museum Of English Rural Life (MERL)

Lots of activities for children of all ages around the Museum and in the garden, including trails, brass rubbing, dressing up and games. Family workshops during the school holidays and a toddler session every Friday during term time. 

The Museum and Reading Room are closed on Bank Holidays, between Christmas and New Year, at Easter and on University closure dates. Admission free, but donations welcome.

Please contact us if you have any queries about closure dates.

Who to contact

0118 378 8660 0118 378 8660
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Where to go

Museum Of English Rural Life
6 Redlands Road
Directions to RG1 5EX

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Closed Mondays; Open Tuesday to Friday 9am to 5pm & Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm
Session Information
The reading room is open Tuesday to Friday, from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Booking is required.
The MERL (including, shop, café, garden and reading room) is closed on bank holidays and on some University of Reading closures days at Christmas and Easter. Please contact us if you have any queries about closure dates


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