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Museums, My Way @ The MERL, Reading

February 12 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Developed with Autism Berkshire, ‘Museums, My Way’ sessions at Reading Museum and The Museum of English Rural Life allow neurodivergent visitors of all ages to explore both museums in a safe environment. We offer different types of sessions, so that you can choose to enjoy the museums your way.

At Reading Museum, you can drop-in to a break-out space any time during your visit on a Saturday

At The MERL, the free, bookable sessions take place on selected Mondays when the museum is 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.

– 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 visit our Access page for downloadable resources (our sensory map, and social story) to help you prepare for your visit.

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


February 12
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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