Small group visits

Who is it for?

Groups of up to 15. Groups of more than 15 people must book the Blackbird Package.

What can we do?

  • Browse the galleries at your own pace. Follow our new Our Green Stories trail to explore environmental issues through the displays.
  • Discover the ‘Community Voices’ displays in The Nook
  • Visit the garden and meet the chickens
  • Enjoy a treat in the café & gift shop

How much is it?

£5 suggested donation per person.

If you are planning a visit, even with a small group, please book as far in advance as possible. It helps to know that you are coming so that we can ensure that you have the best possible experience in our galleries and in the café. We sometimes have large groups of students, or special events, that mean we might not be able to accommodate your visit comfortably, particularly due to limited indoor café seating. You are welcome to use the picnic benches in the garden. For groups of over 10 people, we highly recommend booking the Blackbird Package.

Drop us an email or call us on 0118 378 3112 so that we can discuss your requirements.

If you book, we will provide:

  • Reserved car parking (two or three spaces) or minibus parking in The MERL carpark.
  • Reserved tables in the museum café. A selection of English teas, quality coffee, cakes, cream teas, sandwiches and snacks are available.
A group of visitors at The MERL.

Additional information


The MERL is accessible to a wide range of visitors and we always strive to meet the access needs of everyone who visits us. For more information, please visit our access page.

Room hire

From £35

If you wish to extend your visit for a meeting or event, we have a variety of rooms and spaces for hire for any size of group (up to 45). Costs are available on request.

Evening visits

Charges vary

You can book a visit during normal museum opening times. (9am to 5pm, Tues to Fri and 10am to 5pm at weekends). Evening visits can be arranged, subject to availability. Contact us for details of charges.


  • Eating and drinking is not permitted in the museum galleries (the spaces beyond the Welcome space, café and shop). We have a large garden where picnics are welcome and refreshments are allowed in The Learning Studio (pre-booking required).
  • Photography is permitted throughout the galleries unless there is signage to say otherwise. Some of our collections are subject to copyright legislation, and this is indicated clearly.
  • Drawing is permitted in the galleries, using non-permanent materials (pencils) only. Please take care not to block walking routes for other visitors or leave bags and other items in the way.


To book, or for further information, please use the form below. Otherwise, you can contact us via email at or call us on 0118 378 3112. Please note: your booking is provisional until you have received a confirmation email from our Programmes Assistant. If you are looking to book a school visit, please go our schools and colleges pages.