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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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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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Exquisite exhibits for a small museum

The building would probably fit into the rotunda of the National Gallery, but this place is a true diamond. There is a wide selection, including dinosaurs for kids, arms and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Boulder, Colorado
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Boulder, Colorado
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The building would probably fit into the rotunda of the National Gallery, but this place is a true diamond. There is a wide selection, including dinosaurs for kids, arms and armor, the ancient world, including a mummy, as well as rotating exhibits. The art forgery exhibit was hilarious, and the Mona Lisa exhibit gave me a far better experience than... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Though the Reading Public Museum is the size you'd expect for a city of Reading's size, you can't say that about the exhibits. There are some great holdings here, both in art and local history, and if you happen to be a literature buff this is the museum that helped hook Pulitzer Prize-winning writer John Updike on the arts. He... More 

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I'm so happy we visited this charming museum, and that they have an exhibit at the entrance that honors the museum's founder. I appreciated the Native American exhibits, as well as the art. We spent the afternoon roaming the galleries and admiring the attractions, especially the visiting exhibit on Underwater Archaeology, sponsored by Mel Fisher's Atocha museum in Key West.... More 

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Boyertown, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Great value close to home. Traveling exhibits are always interesting. Also good permanent exhibits. Also can get a yearly membership and use it for other museums like Franklin Institute and Academy of Natural Sciences In Philly

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

Thank you for taking advantage of the Reciprocal Membership opportunity while visiting RPM! Hope you use it frequently! See you at The Museum again soon! More 

Beverly Hills, CA
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

A nice multipurpose museum with american art, european art, greco-roman art, archaeology and kids displays. Seems like it would be a great place for a family, with its diverse offering. That said, "no collection" group is so large as to be unbearable for the mildly interested (such as kids walking through some rooms of art). Something for everyone. Nice place,... More 

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

Thank you for stopping by The Museum on your trip! The Museum takes pride in being a one-stop place for entertainment for all ages! We encourage life-long learning and hope to be a place of interest for any more generations. Our exhibitions rotate through on a regular basis. Hopefully, on your next trip through, we can sway you from a... More 

Malden, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Family spent a hot day indoors watching the 2pm show at the planetarium. It was well produced. We then ventured into the main museum and they had a nice variety of exhibits to keep the entire family engaged. We joined as a member and plan to return during the summer months!

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

Thank you for spending the day with your family with us! We are so glad you took advantage of becoming a Member and see the value in making return visits. The exhibitions rotate often, so we hope to have to back for our next rotation! See you at The Museum again soon! More 

Reading, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

The kids wanted to view the Dinosaur attraction that was advertised via their website and the attraction was not available. Half of the Museum was closed and was not accessible. It was very frustrating because this was not addressed in the time of entry. They did however enjoyed the mummy and outdoor surroundings located around the museum.

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

Sorry to hear your disappointment in your visit! Hopefully, you will stop by at a time when the exhibitions are not in transition, so The Museum has the opportunity to impress you to the fullest! Hope to see you back at The Museum soon. More 

Kempton, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
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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Additional Information about Reading Public Museum

Address: 500 Museum Road, Reading, PA 19611
Phone Number: +1 610-371-5850
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Reading
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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