Opening Times

Coronavirus update

Please note that in line with the latest Government regulations, our museums will close from Thursday the 5th November 2020 until the end of the national lockdown.

On-site access to the reading room remains possible for academic research and university teaching purposes. Advanced booking is required, and you can find out more about this on our using the reading room page.

For the most up-to-date information, please check out our COVID-19 updates blog.

Museum of English Rural Life

Open most weekdays and weekends (NB galleries are closed on Mondays – shop and café only).

For full details see our website.

Reading room (Special Collections / MERL Library and Archive)

Open most weekdays, booking recommended, see here.

University closure days

The MERL (including, shop, cafe and garden) and the reading room are closed on Bank Holidays and on some University closures days at Christmas and Easter.

For a full list of University closure days click here, and please contact us to avoid disappointment.

Ure Museum

Opening varies between term-time and out-of-term. Closed at weekends.

For full details see our website.

Cole Museum

Currently closed to prepare for relocation, reopening 2021.

All other collections

By appointment, generally weekdays only, please contact the relevant curator.