In line with the next step of the Government's COVID-19 roadmap, we are delighted to announce that the Reading Museum shop will reopen from the 12th April 2021, as the first phase of the museum's reopening.
From today (Friday the 9th April 2021) we are also introducing to the gift shop a new click-and-collect service, enabling you to browse and buy online and then pick up your order in person from the Town Hall.
Subject to further Government guidelines, we hope to reopen the Museum galleries from the 18th May, and we are looking forward very much to welcome back our visitors. We will share further news about this as soon as we can.
Until then, there are many ways online for people and groups of all ages to engage with our collections and the history of the local area: from blog posts and online resources, to family fun and arts and crafts! For online school visits, take a look at our range of popular Virtual Sessions.
For more information about our COVID-19 response, explore our historic updates below.
Update: 17th December 2020
In line with the latest Government announcement, Reading Museum will close until further notice from 4pm on Friday 18th December 2020.
We look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum as soon as it is safe to do so.
Update: 30th November 2020
We are delighted to announce that Reading Museum will reopen on Wednesday 2nd December 2020. You can find out more and pre-book your free ticket on our welcome back pages.
In the meantime we are busy working hard behind the scenes to get the Museum ready for our lovely visitors. We look forward to seeing you all very soon!
Don't forget our online Museum shop is always open for unique Christmas gifts and stocking-fillers.
Update: 26th November 2020
In light of the latest Government announcement, the Reading Museum team is currently working hard behind-the-scenes to undertake all the necessary health and safety checks and risk assessments, to ensure that we are able to safely reopen and welcome you back to the Museum as soon as possible.
We hope to update you again soon very shortly.
Update: 5th November 2020
Reading Museum is currently closed to visitors for the duration of the national lockdown, in line with the latest UK Government guidelines.
After our update earlier this week, we are delighted to announce that two further parts of the Museum's service will continue over the weeks to come.
The Museum’s popular online school sessions, delivered live by our learning team, will still be available for our virtually visiting schools to enjoy.
Meanwhile, the Museum gift shop will stay open online, and you will be able to browse our range of charming gifts from home, and order via postal delivery .
Keep an eye on our social media feeds and blog, where we will continue sharing news from the Museum and the stories of our collections.
Update: 3rd November 2020
Following the latest Government guidance, Reading Museum will close to visitors from 4pm on the 4th November for the duration of the national lockdown.
It has been wonderful seeing so many people at the Museum since we reopened in early August, enjoying our collections and galleries as much as ever, and we look forward to safely welcoming you back when we next can.
Much like throughout the year, our team will continue working behind the scenes to bring the Museum to you via our website and social media. We will also be sharing another update later in the week about how our popular online schools sessions and online shop will continue during this new period of closure.
Update - 8th September 2020
Reading Museum reopened on 8 September. We have made many changes to ensure that the Museum is safe and welcoming for all. Importantly, you are now required to make a free timed booking in advance of your visit, you can find out more on our Welcome Back pages.
We continue using our website and social media to share brand new exhibitions, our collections, blogposts, and arts and crafts to do at home. You can discover all these fantastic resources across our website and in the list below. You can also browse our online shop for unique gifts either reflecting Reading and the local area or inspired by the Museum's collection.
Here’s how you can explore our collections and engage with us online:
We are sharing resources to help you with fun learning and enjoyment at home. Discover downloadable resources, ideas and inspiration for all ages over at our resources page.
Pop back soon as we will keep adding new content!
Schools can now book our new Virtual Sessions that bring the museum learning experience into your classroom, find out more on our Schools pages.
Our online shop showcases a range of unique gifts either reflecting Reading and the local area or inspired by the Museum's collection. Every purchase made in our Shop goes towards supporting the Museum. You can purchase our best selling products online now.