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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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12:00 pm - 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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My husband had been trying to get me to go to the Museum forever and I kept saying not now, maybe later. He finally wore me down and boy am I glad he did! We had a wonderful time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Andrea Y
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Kempton, Pennsylvania
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Kempton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

My husband had been trying to get me to go to the Museum forever and I kept saying not now, maybe later. He finally wore me down and boy am I glad he did! We had a wonderful time at the museum. They had so many great displays and it was so interesting. There was also a planetarium and gardens,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a great museum in every sense of the word. There are always new and exciting exhibits and things to see. The near by Planetarium is an amazing place to visit also. The sourounding gardens and grounds are also a treat.

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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

In Berks on business with free time on a wonderful day to visit the Museum and grounds of this long time area landmark in the suburb of West Reading (a suburb not part of Reading) . Lovely well kept grounds with a "babbling brook" and a great variety of specimen plants and trees. The Museum is small with interesting exhibits... More 

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Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

My son had a day off school so we decided to drive to Reading to visit the Reading Museum. We arrived early and enjoyed walking through arboretum and looking at the sculptures. We entered the museum and tour the entire facility. The artifacts and works of art on display are quite good. That said, the collection on display is quite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Nice for lovely strolls along the water. You do need to watch out for geese doodoo, it's everywhere! That being said, it's a beautiful scenic place, great for pictures, great for romantic walks, relaxing..lovely treasure in berks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The museum may not be huge, but it does not dissapoint. There is a variety of art work, they have a mummy in the Egypt section. There is always some new exhibition or event going on there. After visiting the museum you can walk around the arboretum, walk over the little bridges,or just sit on a bench and enjoy the... More 

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

Thank you Florence. Our mummy is always a hit! I love that you noticed all our upcoming events and exhibitions. The Museum's collection's are always rotating, and we are constantly bringing in new exhibitions. I am glad you enjoy visiting! The spring and summer are the perfect time to take a walk in the Arboretum when all the flowers are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a truly wonderful small art museum with other sections on native cultures, science, and nature. The scope of the holdings of this museum is remarkable. They range from Greek Urns, Egyptian mummies, Pennsylvania Dutch artifacts, armor, medieval art, modern art, extensive holdings in Barbizon School Art, etc. There is even a Degas! The museum does a good job... More 

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Keep a close on on the exhibits as they are interesting, fascinating, a great first date or a place to take your children. The staff are lovely and it's a very nice place to go on a nice spring day... One can walk the grounds/park just outside the museum and see various indigenous plants, ducks and geese, and folks running,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The museum it self was some what limitied in its collection compaired to previous visits. Lots of missing and empty space, where normal standard collection had been. The abroretum is always lovely place to go for a walk. I enjoy seeing it during differnt seasons.

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

Sorry you feel like you are missing something in the collection. We hold events like History Happy Hour and Senior Series lectures to showcase some of our collection that we just cannot always show (as pieces in the collection need to have rest to help preserve them). Hopefully, next time you visit, the items on display will have been rotated,... More 

Tafton, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We went for the "Clifford the Big Red Dog" exhibit with our young granddaughter and ended with all of our grandchildren joining us for various exhibits. The older two also stayed for the planerium show. We purchased the grandparent package which allows us unlimited visits for a year with upto four grandchildren. Our son and daughter-in-law purchased the package that... More 

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