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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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Great museum for families

Very nice museum with multiple well organized exhibits! We went with our two small children and they enjoyed it. Some kids' interactive areas.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Chaska, Minnesota
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Very nice museum with multiple well organized exhibits! We went with our two small children and they enjoyed it. Some kids' interactive areas.

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Marlton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Stumbled across two special exhibitions at the Reading Public Museum and was thoroughly delighted and impressed. They included an in depth technical study of the Mona Lisa. (Has anyone ever wondered what was on the reverse of the wooden panel? Or why she is missing eyebrows?) And then there was the second special exhibit highlighting four major players in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon here. My 8 year old boy loved the dinosaur and the natural history section. He loved the mummy. The price was good. I wish the planetarium was open on Saturday. We even had a great walk in the arboretum. Reasonably priced. Excellent learning potential. It was curated with an eye to the casual museum goer.... More 

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Took my two grandsons 12 & 14 from Denver, CO to see the Mona Lisa exhibit in July and was afraid they would be bored, but they were fascinated with all the "secrets" as well as the other interesting displays as you enter that area. For such a small museum, it is jammed packed with wonderful exhibits, history and displays.

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NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

My friend and I visited the Reading Museum for the first time and found it to be a delightful experience. There were 2 special exhibits - one on the Mona Lisa as she would have looked originally with out the changes of time and bad cleanings and one on art fakes. I found the last one so fascinating since some... More 

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

Thank you for visiting The Museum! We are so glad you enjoyed the trip and hope you will be back again the near future! Fall on the grounds is beautiful, as well! More 

Wernersville, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This museum is small but has great year round exhibits and does wonderful special exhibits several times a year. The grounds are also a great place for a picnic .or to take a walk

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

Thank you for the local support! We strive to be a place where all ages with varying interests in mind can come to enjoy. Hopefully you have taken advantage of the summer and enjoyed a picnic or two in the Arboretum! Fall is just around the corner; hope to see you back for the changing of the leaves! More 

Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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

Thank you for the rave review!! And thank you for traveling in to visit; we are proud to be part of your trip east. We certainly pride ourselves on being small and intimate, but yet providing world renowned exhibitions to the area! Hope you will be back for another visit soon! More 

Bloomington, Illinois
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34 reviews
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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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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 27 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 

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