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Reading Public Museum

Address: 500 Museum Road, Reading, PA 19611
Phone Number: +1 610-371-5850
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Ranked #4 of 8 Attractions in Reading
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: Art, history, science, and culture all under one roof in Reading, Pa.
Attraction details
Type: Museums
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Art, history, science, and culture all under one roof in Reading, Pa.

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United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

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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Grenoble, France
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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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Reading, Pennsylvania
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65 reviews 65 reviews
18 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
52 helpful votes 52 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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Reading, Pennsylvania
4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This museum is amazing for its size. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. There is a wide variety of exhibits that will interest everyone in your family. One might expect this wide variety at larger museums. This amazing little gem is well worth the trip!

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Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
38 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Every time that we attend this Museum we are amazed at the new exhibits. They are placed perfectly in the building and they offer places for children to interact with some of the displays.

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