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GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

201 Washington Street, Reading, PA 19601
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Ranked #1 of 4 Shopping in Reading
Type: Art Galleries, Shopping
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St. Catharines, Canada
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Goggleworks is an interesting place to visit. It has many wonderful artist in residence there whose work is very interesting. The historical aspect of the place explained was very interesting as well. My favorite was the glass blowing area. It was fun to learn how that process happens. Worth a visit.

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Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
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325 reviews 325 reviews
68 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

GoggleWorks has brought so much culture to the Reading community. They have a greatest gift shop, many local artists are based here, they run classes for the community. Their events are always outstanding!

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

What a great center for the arts. Free admission, free parking, 11-7 daily, very helpful staff of volunteers. Occupies square block which was formerly the Willson Products factory ("first factory in the world to manufacture optical glass for lenses and reading glasses", best known for safety glasses - check out the fascinating Willson/GoggleWorks history exhibit inside). Award-winning restoration; the original... More

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

So many classes are offered here that you can sign up for (I've always done in advance, not sure if they allow walk ins) and they have all been great. They are a tad pricey, but there is something for everyone, from glass blowing to jewelry making. The teachers have all been nice and easy going. They call you to... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

My cousin-in-law got married here at the end of December and it was a beautiful place! We loved the rustic, raw, exposed look of the brick and beams, but they dressed it up with lights and decorations. We were confused about parking at first, but were helped by GoggleWorks staff.

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Long Island
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56 reviews 56 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We thought this was a hands on place but it turned out to be be more of a requires reservation place. Disappointed as a tourist.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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68 reviews 68 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

If you enjoy the arts this place is a gem. We visit several times a year to browse the artist galleries and workshops. Never attend a movie hear but have heard they have some cool films and the venue is nice.

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East Islip, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Goggleworks is a huge former factory building that now is home to many fine art and craft studios. Lots to see and also purchase. Don't miss the timeline display showing how Goggleworks was founded, and how it evolved along with the United States. Plan to spend at least 2 hours browsing.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Goggleworks is a very large building that was once a goggles making factory. It has been turned into a first rate art center with in house art studios. There is an indie movie theater on the first floor that is open everyday. Across the street is a new IMAX theater and the Miller Center for the performing arts.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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78 reviews 78 reviews
36 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Watch the creationof all types of art, speak to the artists, engage with performers - a truly unexpected find in Berks Cty! We go oftern to see the rotating displays and take advantage of the off the multiplex movie entertainment. My favorite is the glass house and carvers rooms. Free and beautiful.

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