Opening times


The museum, shop, cafe and garden are currently closed. Please refer to our Coronavirus updates blog for the latest news. Further information about visiting will be published on our Visit Us page. All plans mentioned below are dependent on further Government announcements.

Garden, cafe and shop

The garden, cafe (takeaway and outdoor consumption only) and shop will reopen from Wednesday 14th April*.

Wednesday to Friday: 9am to 5pm

Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 5pm

Please note that we will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Museum galleries

The galleries and indoor spaces will remain closed until week beginning 17th May*

Reading room

The reading room is currently open for academic research and teaching only, and will reopen for general access from Wednesday 14th April.
For further information and to book, please visit the reading room page.

University closure days

The museum (including, shop, cafe 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.

Easter 2021

All services will be closed from Thursday 1st April to Tuesday 6th April inclusive.

*All dates dependent on further Government announcements.

  • Opening Times

    In line with the latest Government guidelines, The MERL has now closed until further notice.

    Find out more on our COVID-19 updates blog, or learn about how you can visit and explore our collections online.

  • Free Admission

    There is a charge for some events.