Logo for the MERL Lates is a white silhouette of a bird with its beak open against a circular black backgroundEvening events for adults, with live music, cocktails, silent disco, fun activities & talks.

The MERL Lates give you the chance to enjoy a great night out in the unusual setting of the museum galleries, to explore ideas and try out some unique experiences. Each event explores a different theme, inspired by the MERL’s varied collections.

We’ve teamed up with Milk Bar Reading who bring their delicious cocktails, including a unique themed new invention (plus terrible pun name) for each event!

The events are for grown-ups only! Why should the kids have all the fun? As well as talks and displays exploring current research and issues,  there are also activities usually reserved for kids on half term, such as making things, handling objects and dressing up!

Activities at past events on themes such as Wool, Soil,Craft and Digital have included biscuit decorating, cheese tasting, AR trails, VR robots, 3D printing and more… Find out below what we have in store for you at our next events!

Tickets are usually £4 (£3 students and concessions) in advance via Eventbrite  or £5 (£3.75) on the door (if there are any left!)
Please note these events are suitable for aged 18+ only.

Future MERL Lates

20th November, 2018: Folk: A MERL Late

Tickets available now (for free, as for this event the cost of your ticket is covered by Being Human Festival sponsorship!)

With live music by the fabulous folk five-piece band Magpie Lane, a wolf hunt, rustic selfie booth, putrid potions and poetry…

A close-up of a harvest jug - click to access the Folk Late

14th March, 2019: More than Human: A MERL Late for British Science Week

Details coming soon

16th May, 2019: Ladybird: A MERL Late for Museums at Night, at Reading Museum

Details coming soon

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“I loved it. Such a good price, fun things to do, interesting things to learn about. The whole thing was really well run. Our group had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was brilliant. Best night out in a very long time.”
A visitor at the Wool Late, Feb ’18