Advance Booking

For groups of 10 or more advance booking is essential, to ensure that the museum is available and not being used for teaching during your visit.

We can only accommodate groups of around 20 at any one time, larger groups will need to be staggered into smaller ones. This is to ensure that you have enough space to explore the museum in comfort.

We are in the process of updating our group visit booking process, to make it easier to see the museum’s availability.

Calendar and Booking Request Form

Follow this link to the museum’s calendar, for an overview of when visits have already been booked or when the museum is closed for teaching.

When you have some provisional dates in mind, please fill in the Booking Request form, and a member of staff will get back to you by email within a few days, to confirm or further discuss your visit.

If you have any further questions, please email the museum to discuss available times and dates for your visit.

Getting Here

Parking on campus is limited, so we would advise you to take public transport, or walk to the museum if you are a local group. You can find our travel directions here.

If you need to bring a minibus, we need to know in advance so that we can arrange a parking space for you with the university. Minibus parking is only available in car park 1A, which is close to the Shinfield Road entrance to the campus. Drop-off and collection is not permitted in the small museum car park. You will need to allow approximately 15 minutes for your group to walk across campus to the museum – walking directions across campus can be found here.


For group visits, we suggest a donation amount of £1 per person, where possible.

We are currently processing online payments via the University of Reading’s Donation page.

You can enter any amount you would like to donate.

Under ‘designation’, please select ‘other’, and type in Cole Museum. This will make sure that your contribution finds its way back to us.