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“lovely museum!”

Museum of English Rural Life
Ranked #12 of 93 things to do in Reading
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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)
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 the artifacts on display. They even had some interactive games for kids to keep it interesting for them. They have a nice garden outside, and a small cafe inside.

It's not huge, so you can get through it in about an hour if you're quick. Entrance is free (donation box at the end), so there is no reason not to go! I highly recommend it!

Thank uclatraveler9
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"interactive games"
in 6 reviews
"shop area"
in 3 reviews
"temporary exhibition"
in 3 reviews
"interesting exhibits"
in 6 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 9 reviews
"hands on activities"
in 2 reviews
"extensive collection"
in 2 reviews
"domestic life"
in 2 reviews
"pleasant garden"
in 2 reviews
"farm equipment"
in 2 reviews
"local events"
in 2 reviews
"closed for refurbishment"
in 2 reviews
"young grandchildren"
in 3 reviews
"university campus"
in 2 reviews
"children interested"
in 2 reviews
"visited for the first time"
in 2 reviews
"royal berkshire"
in 2 reviews

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Reviewed 23 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 could easily spend a couple of hours or more here. Free parking by obtaining a permit is a bonus. I would thoroughly recommend it for everyone.

Thank Penny S
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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 operate correctly, but this did not matter.
Refreshments were limited and the student dining room next door was open but the service was slow.
These minor faults did not spoil a very enjoyable and informative visit.

Thank michaelallaston
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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 lot of it, but definitely learnt things and it's free and indoors! I'd take a picnic though if you're staying over lunchtime. The cafe is limited.

Thank Chloe B
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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 said it was still very interesting looking at all the various items and reading what they were.
There are some interactive toys and games there too which are designed to help keep children interested, and overall they work as the children (and some adults) seem to enjoy them.

Thank Alwaysonholiday53
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