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Visit Us

The Museum is now fully open, following a major redevelopment, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Free Admission

The Museum of English Rural Life

University of Reading

Redlands Road

Reading

RG1 5EX

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Families

Families are welcome at The MERL

The MERL has just been transformed by a £3m redevelopment into a modern museum with lots to see and do in the new galleries. We have worked with our Family Forum to make sure the new museum offers something for everyone.

These are the Forum's Top Ten reasons to visit the MERL:

  1. There's a friendly, welcoming atmosphere; there's no need to be quiet!
  2. The MERL will surprise you! It is full of fascinating collections and amazing stories that take you back in time and make you think about the future.
  3. The MERL is about things that are relevant to you, such as protecting the environment and where your food comes from.
  4. You'll love the wagons, tractors and machines, but you'll also learn about the people who made and used them.
  5. Whether you pop in for a quick visit or spend all day exploring, The MERL can entertain, engage and educate the whole family, from children of all ages to grandparents.
  6. It's a great place to visit whatever the weather, with lots to see and do, inside and out.
  7. There are lovely new spaces for socialising with family and friends, with refreshments plus indoor and outdoor play areas.
  8. The MERL has a lovely garden for picnics, play and exploring.
  9. It's open at weekends and after school and it's easy to get to.
  10. Entrance to the Museum is FREE!