Visitor Information

Opening Times

The Museum is normally open Monday–Friday 9.30–4.30pm when the University is open. The University of Reading is open during school half-term, but please see specific closure dates below.

The University is normally closed on the 8 Public Holidays for England and Wales:

New Year's Day, May Bank Holiday, Christmas Day, Good Friday, Spring Bank Holiday, Boxing Day, Easter Monday and the Summer Bank Holiday.

The University is also normally closed on the following 6 Closure Days: the last weekday before Christmas (1 day); weekdays between Christmas and New Year (3 days); the Thursday before Good Friday and Tuesday after Easter Monday (2 days).

The museum is free to visitors.

Group Bookings

Please contact us to arrange a group booking. This is essential to ensure that we do not have too many people in the museum at one time.  School parties are particularly welcome and are charged a flat rate if a member of staff is required to support their visit. Otherwise, we request that groups pay a small donation to help us run the museum, of at least £1 per head for groups. Pre-arranged groups may visit outside opening times by appointment but this will incur a further charge. Please contact us for more information about visiting the museum.

Download our Museum guide (PDF - 5.43MB)

Physical Access to the Collections

The display collection (approximately 15% of the total) is housed in the ground floor foyer of the AMS building in the School of Biological Sciences. Specimens in the laboratories and in storage are made available to students and researchers, free of charge, on request to the curator (see contact details) .

Disabled Access

There are parking bays for disabled drivers at the front of the AMS building, a ramp at the entrance to the museum (the microbiology wing) and disabled toilets on the ground floor.

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