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Reading Public Museum

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Address: 500 Museum Road, Reading, PA 19611
Phone Number: +1 610-371-5850
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Art, history, science, and culture all under one roof in Reading, Pa.

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A Gem of Reading, PA

Changing exhibits, lectures, a nice gift shop, and a planetarium with excellent visual shows make this one of Reading's best cultural icons. This museum will combine art and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
Paul L
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Changing exhibits, lectures, a nice gift shop, and a planetarium with excellent visual shows make this one of Reading's best cultural icons. This museum will combine art and science in their repertoire. It has lovely grounds that make a nice venue for a picnic or a stroll in good weather. There is something for the whole family here.

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RDGMuseum, Manager at Reading Public Museum, responded to this review

"...one of Reading's best cultural icons"--What a compliment!! Thank you for your praise, Paul! We hope you will utilize the Arboretum often once this weather breaks! Until stop by and stay warm inside the galleries! More 

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I love that they change the exhibits around from time to time, so when I am in town it's always on my list of places to visit. Having been going there since I was 6 and I am now 60. The grounds are a fun place to walk around, too.

Review collected in partnership with Country Inns & Suites By Carlson

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RDGMuseum, Manager at Reading Public Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Deborah! We love that you see the worth across the ages! We encourage life-long learners here at The Museum and hope to peak the interest of young Museum goers on our school tours and through summer camp and KEEP their interest as they grow and bring the next wave of Museum enthusiasts! Hope to have you back again... More 

United States
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

One may not think that Reading, PA would boast a lovely museum, and truth be told it is actually located in Wyomissing but is well worth a visit, and membership if local. Their exhibits are presented with great care and the staff is very knowledgeable. The curatorial staff are exceptional. We were members quite as few years ago, and recently... More 

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RDGMuseum, Manager at Reading Public Museum, responded to this review

So glad that you could make it for the opening of Spirits of the Passage: The Story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. We hope that you will be able to stop by and enjoy it quietly while the exhibition runs through May 3rd. Thank you for your support and hope you will continue to support The Museum for may years... More 

Grenoble, France
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
17 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I lived in Reading as a child and young adult, we used to go to the museum a lot to enjoy the scenery - yes even as kids ! I moved away from Reading many years ago, this year when I came back for the holidays I visited the museum along with many other Reading area well known places, it... More 

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RDGMuseum, Manager at Reading Public Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to visit over the holidays! The holidays are always a busy time and it can be tough to make time for visits, so THANK YOU for stopping by and enjoying what RPM has to offer. We hope you will be able to make it back soon, as our exhibitions change regularly. Our spring exhibition... More 

Reading, Pennsylvania
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78 reviews 78 reviews
20 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We visited recently as a family and then again later in the week with a girl scout trip. Both visits were fun and educational. For a smaller museum there are lots of interesting things to see. There are plenty of things to keep kids engaged, from ages 4 to 9. Older children would probably get more out of a visit... More 

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Oley, Pennsylvania, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

beautiful scenery and setting. great place to have a small wedding. the planetarium was used for the reception and was very nice. Would be nice if you could have reception in the museum.

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RDGMuseum, Manager at Reading Public Museum, responded to this review

We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed attending a wedding at The Neag Planetarium. The Reading Public Museum does offer other venues for wedding receptions including inside The Museum galleries and our outdoor Stone Terrace tent. We also offer spaces in our gardens for outdoor ceremonies. If you would like more information on weddings, please contact Margaret Morgan,... More 

Reading, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I often go to the Reading Museum. I live within a mile of the museum. What a wonderful place to introduce your children to culture. The Reading Museum is a small, but versatile museum. There is a Planetarium on the same property. The grounds are well maintained with walkways and gardens. There is a small but adaptable gift shop in... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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85 reviews 85 reviews
11 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This is an incredible museum with a huge collection of different items in a beautiful building on beautiful grounds. Ok, not the Philly Art Museum, but very good, worthy of cities many times the size. Very impressive gem in a city that has seen better days.

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Allentown, PA.
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Set in park, in West Reading, behind hospital area. Park around well maintained, diverse, w/ quiet stream.

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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I am rating this museum a 3 today because there were a number of items on display that had no name tag or description on it, and one wing of the museum out of 4 wings was closed because the displays were being changed in that wing. I will definitely return at a later date to see the changing wing... More 

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RDGMuseum, Manager at Reading Public Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your attention to detail, MrsBee! Our curatorial team certainly takes your insight to heart and hopes the next time you stop by, you will be pleasantly surprised with changes that we have made in less than a year! We have displays changing often (Spring and Fall lineups, with smaller exhibition changes at various times of the year!).... More 

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