The MERL IS CURRENTLY CLOSED, BUT…

Following the Government’s announcement on Monday 22nd February, we are now able to make plans for our own roadmap to reopening. Please check our Coronavirus Updates blog for the latest news.

We are delighted to be able to welcome visitors back to the garden, cafe (takeaway and outdoor consumption only) and shop from April 14th*. The galleries and indoor spaces will remain closed until week beginning 17th May*. Please check back here again for further details soon.

The reading room will reopen for academic research and teaching on 10th March, and for general access on April 14th*. In the meantime, if you require access to collections, we will continue to provide this through our  digital access to collections service.  For the latest news on reading room reopening, please visit the reading room page.

Whilst you’re waiting to be able to visit in person again, please explore the collections online through exhibitions and blogs, take part in an online event or have a go at some online activities. Find out more on our Virtual Visit page.

You can also follow us Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for daily insights into our collections and current activities.

*All dates dependent on further Government annoucements.