Reading Museum Good to Go!

Following our recent successful reopening of Central Library, we are excited to announce our much-loved Museum and Museum Shop will reopen on Tuesday 8 September, initially with a reduced service and opening hours.

The safety of the public and our staff remains our top priority. Our hard-working staff have spent a great deal of time ensuring every preventative measure against the virus has been carefully thought out and are confident we are now ‘Good to Go!’

The Museum will reopen Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm. The shop hours will be reduced to match Museum opening times.

We must emphasise that whilst the service will reopen soon, it will not represent a return to normality for some time to come, and it will necessitate operating at a reduced level to accommodate safety measures. Visitors to the museum will need to book in advance and follow safety guidance during their visit, such as wearing masks, following one-way systems and using the hand sanitiser we provide.

There will still be lots to see and enjoy. There will be special children’s trails available for families to follow. The Museum’s popular ‘Animal: World Art Journeys’ exhibition in the Art Gallery has also been extended.

To find out more visit:

You can book in advance online from today (Tuesday 1 September). From 8 September, anyone who cannot access bookings online can call 0118 9373400 during opening hours.

If you haven’t already, check out the service’s online offering. The museum team has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring you innovative material relevant to current events, such as the fabulous virtual Windrush exhibition and resources to keep kids entertained. The museum also has a very lively social media channels that are very worthy of following and they have also recently launched an online shop.

The 8 September will be a great day for all museums in Reading, with the excellent news that our partner museum, The Museum of English Rural Life, will be opening on the same day. You can find out more on The MERL’s reopening at

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Last updated on 01/09/2020