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, shop, and café are open:

Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm

Closed on Mondays

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.

Reading room

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

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