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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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Description: Art, history, science, and culture all under one roof in Reading, Pa.

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Boutique Museum, Lovely Grounds

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... read more

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

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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21 attraction reviews
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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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3 attraction reviews
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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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9 attraction reviews
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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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66 reviews 66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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Reading, Pennsylvania
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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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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 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.

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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 

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