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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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I didn't expect so many details. The rural life is told and shown from every point of view, such as... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2017
Tiziana F
Beautiful gardens and interactive displays

Plenty to see with interactive games for youngsters. A great toddler group called Friday Fledglings... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2017
Reading, United Kingdom
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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
+44 118 378 8660
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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

Thank Tiziana F
Reviewed 29 September 2017

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

Thank BritishNikki
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.

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
Reviewed 18 August 2017

We took our French friends to the museum last weekend and they were very impressed. It reminded them as well as me of the old days on the farm. The shear volume of hand tools and implements was staggering. The interactive displays did not always...More

Thank michaelallaston
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Went on a drab rainy summer's day. Very impressed! Free parking, free entry. It has kiddy trail where you hunt rats and learn about country life. Lots of interactive games along the way - shepherding sheep, practising crop rotation etc. My kids zipped through a...More

Thank Chloe B
Reviewed 8 August 2017

We recently visited this museum for the first time and were impressed with just how many interesting exhibits they have, though I must say the supporting information is often sparse in terms of how and when many of the items on display were used. That...More

Thank Alwaysonholiday53
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Has a number of interesting items including a large collection of wagons from all parts of England (4 wheels - evidently those with only 2 are carts but what about the horse & carts we used to see with rag & bone men!). However, despite...More

Thank Portland_Holiday
Reviewed 8 July 2017

Terrific little museum that illustrates how rural life has changed over the last couple of centuries. Varied displays cover farming, rural crafts, domestic life, health and education as it used to be. There's enough multimedia to keep the kids happy, plus the static displays are...More

Thank Balvine
Reviewed 25 June 2017

Well designed and packed with fascinating artefacts and displays. Lovely display of old Ladybird books upstairs. The space is extremely well used to display the extensive collection of agricultural equipment and vehicles. Only criticism is there could be more informative labelling.

Thank 2alison2017
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