Museum galleries, garden, café and shop

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

Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm

Closed on Mondays (including Bank Holidays)

Reading room

The reading room is open Tuesday to Friday, from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Booking is required.

Find further information and book your visit on the reading room page.

University closure days

The MERL (including, shop, café, garden and reading room) is closed on bank holidays and on some University of Reading closures days at Christmas and Easter.

Please contact us if you have any queries about closure dates. For all the latest updates, follow us on social media.


For updates on our response to COVID-19, please check The MERL’s COVID updates blog.