We welcome group visits!

To ensure you have enough space to explore the galleries, advance booking is essential for all groups over the size of 10. To avoid disappointment we recommend booking as far ahead as you can. Visiting the museum is free but our suggested donation for all visitors is £5.

What we offer for group visits


  • Free (subject to availability)
  • A friendly volunteer Welcome Host to greet your group and provide a 15-minute introduction to the museum, to remain with you in the galleries for questions


  • Paid
  • Hot and cold drinks, snacks, and a small selection of sandwiches.
    Refreshments and lunch options for larger groups can booked in advance (subject to room availability).


  • Free (subject to availability)
  • A room can be reserved for secure storage of coats and bags, eating and as a discussion space. If you require larger spaces for your group, you may choose to hire a meeting room.


  • Free
  • The Museum is open until 9pm on the last Thursday of each month, when the museum, shop and café are all open until 9pm. This is the perfect opportunity for your group to enjoy a visit to The MERL outside daytime opening hours.


  • Free
  • We can reserve space for a small minibus and up to two cars in our car park. Parking for coaches can be arranged on the University campus, but must be booked in advance.

Find out how to get to The MERL.


If you are interested in having a volunteer come to your venue to deliver a talk to your group about the museum, its history and collections, please download our Information for Outreach Requests.


Please view the Information for Group Visits and complete the form below. This document includes all the further information and details you will need, as well as some FAQs. Please read it through carefully before completing the form below.

Please note your booking is only provisional until you have received a secondary confirmation email from our Programmes Assistant. If you have any questions please contact us at merlevents@reading.ac.uk.


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