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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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Summer Holidays at The MERL

VISIT THE MUSEUM DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS FOR TRAILS, OBJECT HANDLING AND ACTIVITIES From July 22nd 2017 To September 3rd 2017 | Usual museum opening times (Closed Mondays)

Booking Details

Details

From July 22nd 2017
To September 3rd 2017
Time Usual museum opening times (Closed Mondays)
Cost Free admission

Location

The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX
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VISIT THE MUSEUM DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS FOR TRAILS, OBJECT HANDLING AND ACTIVITIES

Come and enjoy the new Museum!

  • Visit the new galleries during your summer holidays and discover the exciting new displays and interactive games
  • Try out our new trails in the galleries, incouding the Rat Trail
  • Get your hands on real museum objects with our Object Handling volunteers (Weds, Sat & Sun 1-3pm)
  • Discover the Shepherd's Hut in the garden, now full of beautiful knitted decorations and animals to play with, all created by the Mewes Knitters
  • Play with our new games and toys, including a fabulous model farm in the welcome area
  • New! Make a brass rubbing! Our ‘farming cycle’ brass rubbing has now been installed on the Earley Learning Studio floor. Choose your favourite farming activity and create your own unique artwork. It’s free to have a go (or 75p for special black paper and metallic crayons for an extra special result) Suitable for all ages. Available throughout the holidays, including Mondays (when the galleries are closed)*

*Please note there may be occasions when the Studio is booked for other uses and the brass rubbing activity will not be available. Please call ahead to check if you are coming specially to do this activity.

 

Come along to one of our Summer Family Events

Recycling Event, July 28th

Join us for a morning of fun recycling activities. Booking required. Find out more

Miller's Ark at The MERL, Aug 17th

Meet farm animals and furry friends from Miller's Ark petting farm in the MERL garden. Booking required.Get more info and book


Refreshments

Enjoy a selection of drinks and snacks from our refreshments area. Sandwiches and children's rolls will be available throughout the holidays.

You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the garden. Picnic benches are available or bring a picnic mat and sit on the lovely, big lawn!

Parking

Please note that the museum's car park can fill up quickly at busy times. Parking is also available in the University car park on Acacia Road, adjacent to the museum. Please collect a permit from reception on arrival.

We encourage visitors to use public transport whereever possible. Please visit our Getting Here page for details.

 

What's on

The Hogarth Press at 100

  • From June 12th 2017 To August 31st 2017
  • Usual museum opening times
  • Free

Summer holidays at The MERL

  • From July 22nd 2017 To September 3rd 2017
  • Usual museum opening times (Closed Mondays)
  • Free admission

Miller's Ark at The MERL

  • August 17th 2017
  • 12 to 4pm
  • �3 per participating child. Under 2s and adults free

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