Reading's Museums 

From medieval history to biscuit tins, ploughs to planes, ancient vases to an elephant skeleton and not forgetting the only full-scale replica of the Bayeux Tapestry, Reading's museums have plenty to offer.

Reading Museum

PRP6284 mediumA visit to Reading Abbey Quarter should start at Reading Museum, which tells the rich story of the foundation of the Abbey 900 years ago alongside a thousand years of Reading’s heritage. The museum is housed in the wonderful Victoria Town Hall building and has galleries dedicated to the Story of Reading, temporary exhibitions, natural history and Roman Reading. It also boasts the only full-size replica of the Bayeux Tapestry. The museum has a good shop, cafe and it is free to visit. Please book your visit in advance. More information>>>


The MERL - the Museum of English Rural Life

PRP5753 mediumThe MERL is the national museum dedicated to food, farming and countryside. It houses collections telling the story of rural England through the ages and examines countryside issues of the past and present. Uncover a world of amazing facts, surprising stories, mystery objects and powerful images. Whatever your interest in the countryside, there is something for you in the Museum. Visit the new immersive galleries, research their collections, refresh in the cafe and relax in the lovely garden. The museum is free to visit. Please book in advance. More information>>>

The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology 

Open every Wednesday for pre-booked small group visits, the Ure Museum is based at the University of Reading's Whiteknights campus and has a fine collection from Greek history. Free to visit. More information>>>

Museum of Berkshire Aviation - temporarily closed

Museum of Berkshire AviationBerkshire's dynamic contribution to aviation history is graphically recaptured at the museum. Run as a charitable trust, the museum is at the historic site of Woodley Airfield, near Reading. Miles and Handley Page aircraft built at Woodley are being re-constructed and exhibited along with fascinating pictorial records and priceless archives. More information>>>





Cole Museum of Zoology - re-opening in a new home in 2021

The Cole Museum at the University of Reading is moving to a new building on the University's Whiteknights campus. Find out more>>>



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