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Museum of English Rural Life

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Address: 6 Redlands Road | University of Reading, Reading RG1 5EX, England
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+44 118 378 8660
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09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 14:00 - 16:30
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The Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading houses the...

The Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading houses the most comprehensive national collection of objects, books and archives relating to the history of food, farming and the countryside. The museum galleries and garden are closed until 19th October 2016 for a Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment project. The staircase hall displays, and library and archives reading room are still open (Monday 10am to 5pm and Tuesday to Friday 9am to 5pm)

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Definitely a gem! I loved everything about this museum. It gave my sister and I a thorough understanding of everyday activities during the time of our English grandparents. We... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lindsay E
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely a gem! I loved everything about this museum. It gave my sister and I a thorough understanding of everyday activities during the time of our English grandparents. We saw this museum during our 2014 visit but it was closed in 2016. I would have definitely visited again if it had been open. We loved the stuffed rats and found... More 

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Thank Lindsay E
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
Reviewed 13 April 2017

I took two children age 9 and 12, they chose an activity pack to take round the museum which they enjoyed completing as well as the interactive displays, I found it interesting, there was also a place for a cuppa and nice facilities, staff were friendly and helpful, we found it easy to park, will definitely go back if we... More 

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Thank Nissy73
Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

This museum is on our doorstep so I thought it was time to visit and see what they had to offer; I am glad we called in as my daughter enjoyed it. Not only do they have displays of items related to rural life but they also had screens with games on as well as hats placed around the museum... More 

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Thank Spencer V
Reading uk
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Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

A most interesting museum. Our 3 young grandchildren 3; 5 & 7 were fascinated and their interests were maintained for nearly 2 hours

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Thank jimthebuilder
Bracknell, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

I noted this as a place to visit a while back when I had a number of hospital visits but at the time it was closed for refurbishment and later was closed on Mondays, hospital days... So made a special trip now it has reopened. Plenty of old and not so old farm equipment, some of it brought back memories... More 

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Thank davews2016
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

This is a truly exceptional museum with a wonderful collection of exhibits from England's rural history. Why is it not better known? We were with two young grandchildren so I didn't have the chance to take in all the information - my partner was blown away by the detail. The interactive games kept the six year old occupied and although... More 

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Thank Jen W
Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

This museum was good but following refurbishment and updating it's even better now with an amazing range of exhibits for all - even games for younger children who can play at being sheepdogs​. Better still there's no admission fee although there is the opportunity to make a donation - something we happily did. An excellent place

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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the new galleries and we are very grateful for your donation. We hope to see you again soon! More 

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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We dropped in here on a damp Saturday morning - what a pleasant surprise. It's far bigger than it looks from the outside, and full of interesting historic agricultural exhibits. Very interesting, no charge but donations accepted.

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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write a review. We're glad you dropped in and enjoyed what you found! We hope to see you again soon! More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We always struggle to find cool things to do on wet weekends so casting around google for nearby museums, we stumbled across the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading. Only an hour's drive away from home, we packed a lunch and toddled along. At the weekend (well, on a Sunday anyway) you can park in the large car park... More 

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Thank Peej M
AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed review. We're delighted that you found so much to enjoy at the museum. We're glad that the new interactive games went down well! Just as an update, we're going to be trialling selling a selection of sandwiches from next weekend (18/19th March) too. The Ladybird Gallery is... More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

My friend and I travelled up from Portsmouth having heard about the Ladybird book exhibition - that was almost disappointingly small, but the rest of the museum was so brilliant it didn't matter. The museum is deceptively large, and crammed full of beautiful artefacts, displayed beautifully. The only downside is the lack of a café - there is a seating... More 

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