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Museum of English Rural Life

6 Redlands Road | University of Reading, Reading RG1 5EX, England
+44 118 378 8660
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Loads of exhibits, not much information

A fascinating museum, lots and lots of exhibits in a modern setting, generally well displayed, but... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Good day out

Very well kept museum. Informative and interesting exhibits. Winter treasure trail and summer... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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6 Redlands Road | University of Reading, Reading RG1 5EX, England
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"interactive games"
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"temporary exhibition"
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"interesting exhibits"
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"hands on activities"
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"extensive collection"
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"domestic life"
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"wood turning"
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"pleasant garden"
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"local hospital"
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"farm equipment"
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"lottery grant"
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"soft toys"
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"couple of hours"
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"closed for refurbishment"
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"local events"
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"young grandchildren"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A fascinating museum, lots and lots of exhibits in a modern setting, generally well displayed, but very little information about what anything actually is! probably set up for children mainly. Really enjoyed the short films! You'll need at least a couple of hours.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very well kept museum. Informative and interesting exhibits. Winter treasure trail and summer treasure trail to keep the kids occupied. Visited on a weekend so parking was not a problem.

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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you found the museum interesting. We regularly change our family trails, though the rat trail has become a firm favourite and a permanent fixture!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of really interesting exhibits as well as hands on activities for kids. Interesting items to buy in the shop and books as well.

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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to post a review. We're glad you enjoyed the children's activities and found the shop interesting. We try to update our ranges regularly!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum was on our list to visit and wow we are so pleased we did. It really gives a detailed insight to our past. A wonderful extensive collection showing every aspect of rural life. So well set out -no stone unturned. Wonderful! We will...More

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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and found the new galleries so interesting. Thanks for the lovely review!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to a number of similar museums around the country and the common factor tends to be that they are rather derelict and poorly set out. This museum is not huge but is located in a purpose designed brand new wing attached to...More

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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough review. We're so glad you enjoyed the content and layout of the new galleries, which opened last year after a redevelopment project. We are working on large print versions of the keys to objects...More

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Reviewed 29 November 2017

This lovely museum gives one a very good impression of English rural life in the past. It has a fairly comprehensive collection of items covering daily life down on the farm, from farming to domestic life. It shows the way things used to be. No...More

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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your kind review. We're really pleased that you enjoyed your visit and felt welcome in the Museum! Great to hear that you will return!

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Reviewed 4 October 2017

I didn't expect so many details. The rural life is told and shown from every point of view, such as food, clothes, health, means of transports, furniture. The museum has two floor and it's very extended. Every exposition is explained carefully. On the upper floor...More

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Reviewed 29 September 2017

Plenty to see with interactive games for youngsters. A great toddler group called Friday Fledglings runs on Friday mornings.

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Reviewed 26 August 2017

Right when we walked in, we were greeted by the friendliest docent. She made sure we had all the information we needed before heading inside, and was so pleasant! The museum is very well done. We enjoyed learning about the history of the region through...More

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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write a review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 24 August 2017

Since the £3 million redevelopment project this museum has really come alive. There are interactive games and many wonderful artefacts to remind us of days gone by. Everything is displayed artistically and with simple explanations. There is a beautiful garden and a cafe, so one...More

Thank Penny S
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