Visit us and you will receive a warm welcome at the Museum of English Rural Life, with fascinating galleries, a beautiful garden and a thoughtfully-stocked shop and cafe.

PLEASE NOTE: As of 18/01/2019 lift access to our first galleries is unavailable due to a fault. We are fixing this as a matter of urgency.

On 19 October 2016 we reopened following an major redevelopment project, Our Country Lives, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Our ten new galleries include one purpose-built to house our very special Festival of Britain wall-hanging.

You can also:

  • relax or work in The Nook, developed in partnership with students from the University of Reading
  • explore our open access collections area
  • make brass rubbings on our Farming Circle in our Education Studio, funded by the Earley Charity
  • find that special something in our shop
  • relax in our garden, featuring a shepherd’s hut, play-on tractor and community growing spaces

We look forward to welcoming you!