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Museums, My Way @ The MERL, Reading

September 4 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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One event on September 4, 2023 at 10:00 am


“This was our first (museum) event and to be honest I felt quite emotional. I was touched by such a supportive environment and welcoming faces. Thank you!”

Last year, Reading Museum and The Museum of English Rural Life launched Museums, My Way, a new series of sessions for neurodivergent visitors of all ages.

These free sessions, developed with Autism Berkshire, provide a safe environment to explore the museums at times when they are usually closed to the public or are less busy. There are facilitated activities on themes inspired by the museums’ collections, and a quiet break-out space. Siblings, families, carers and friends are all welcome.

These sessions take place as part of our current ‘Our Green Stories’ theme and we will be focussing on ‘Summer’ for the session in July and ‘Technologies’ for the session in September.

-reduced volume of gallery interactive sounds
-sensory backpacks and ear defenders
-break out spaces
-themed facilitated hands-on activity
-themed gallery trail
-All activities are optional and you can visit at any point within the event times.

Please note that the museum’s car park can fill up quickly at busy times. If The MERL car park is full, you can use a special parking permit, valid throughout half term, to park in the University car parks on Acacia Road adjacent to the museum, or White Gates car park found at the second left off Crown Place, a short walk from the museum. (Please note the permit is not valid in the private car park on Crown Place)

You can collect a permit from reception at the museum or download the permit here (link coming soon) and print at home.

If you do not display a permit, you may be issued with a penalty. We apologise for any inconvenience, but this solution means we can continue to offer free parking in the nearby University car parks. If you have any questions, please call 0118 378 8660 or email

We would always encourage you to use alternative means of transport where possible. See our Getting Here page for details.

Museums, My Way is part of The MERL and Reading Museum’s Arts Council funded programme, Museums Partnership Reading.

Sessions also run at Reading Museum. Please visit their website for details of forthcoming dates and times.


September 4
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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