Opening times

Please note: before you visit, please check The MERL’s COVID updates blog for the latest visitor information.

Museum galleries, garden, café and shop

Our galleries, garden, café, and shop are open:

Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm

Closed on Mondays

Reading room

The reading room is open as follows (booking essential):

Tuesday to Friday: 9.30am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-4.00pm

For further information and to book, please visit the reading room page.

University closure days

The museum (including, shop, café and garden) and the reading room are closed on bank holidays and on some University closures days at Christmas and Easter.

Please contact us if you have queries about future closure dates.

All dates dependent on further Government announcements. Please visit our COVID updates blog for the latest information.

  • Opening Times

    Christmas 2021: The MERL galleries, shop, garden and reading room will close at 5pm Thurs 23rd December and reopen at 9am on 4th January 2022.

    Find out more about planning your visit.

  • Free Admission

    There is a charge for some events.