Opening Times

Coronavirus update

From 8 September 2020, the Museum of English Rural Life will re-open – visitors will need to book a timed slot.

The Library and Archive Reading Room will also open on 8 September (advance booking is required) to provide research access to the MERL, Special Collections and Art Collections.

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.