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Heritage Open Days Family tour guides- Family Tour

Saturday 13th September

  • 3-4pm
  • Free
  • Suitable for families with children aged 4+
  • Book

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see behind the scenes at MERL! Find out what's in those parts of building you can't normally access and discover some fascinating facts about the history of our beautiful Victorian home, once the residence of Reading's famous Palmer family.


MERL Families Jethro rat logoImportant note:

There is no need to book for our drop-in events. Activities take between 10 and 30 minutes. Come along at any time during the session. Timed tickets may be issued at busy times as space is limited, and you may need to wait for the next available session. Once you have a ticket, you don't need to queue. There is plenty to see and do in the Museum while you wait, and a member of staff will call you when you session is starting. On very busy days, sessions may fill up completely and though we do our best to accommodate everyone, we can not guarantee a space.

MERL welcomes children of all ages but they must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Our fun events and activities are designed so that the whole family can enjoy interesting and informative new experiences together. In order for everyone to get the most out of the workshop activities, we ask that there are no more than two children (of the appropriate age for the activity) per adult in your group, and thank you for your cooperation in this.

Please see our  Terms and conditions for bookable events


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