Group Visits

We welcome group visits!

To ensure you have enough space to explore the galleries, advance booking is essential for all groups over the size of 10. To avoid disappointment we recommend booking as far ahead as you can. Visiting the museum is free but our suggested donation for all visitors is £5.

What we offer for group visits

WELCOME HOSTS

  • Free (subject to availability)
  • A friendly volunteer Welcome Host to greet your group and provide a 15-minute introduction to the museum, to remain with you in the galleries for questions

REFRESHMENTS

  • Paid
  • Hot and cold drinks, snacks, and a small selection of sandwiches.
    Refreshments and lunch options for larger groups can booked in advance (subject to room availability).

ROOM HIRE

  • Free (subject to availability)
  • A room can be reserved for secure storage of coats and bags, eating and as a discussion space. If you require larger spaces for your group, you may choose to hire a meeting room.

EVENING VISITS

  • Free
  • The Museum is open until 9pm on the last Thursday of each month. Extended Hours Weeks occur throughout the year, when the museum, shop and café are open until 9pm, every evening of the week. This special week of extended hours is the perfect opportunity for your group to enjoy a visit to The MERL on your usual meeting night, or as a special outing.

PARKING

  • Free
  • We can reserve space for a small minibus and up to two cars in our car park. Parking for coaches can be arranged on the University campus, but must be booked in advance.

Find out how to get to The MERL.

OR WE CAN VISIT YOU!

If you are interested in having a volunteer come to your venue to deliver a talk to your group about the museum, its history and collections, please download our Information for Outreach Requests.

BOOKING DETAILS

Please view the Information for Group Visits and complete the form below. This document includes all the further information and details you will need, as well as some FAQs. Please read it through carefully before completing the form below.

Please note your booking is only provisional until you have received a secondary confirmation email from our Programmes Assistant. If you have any questions please contact us at merlevents@reading.ac.uk.

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Book your group visit

Please get in touch by emailing us at merlevents@reading.ac.uk.

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