Have you ever wanted to be face-to-face with an ancient Egyptian mummy or among dinosaur bones from millions of years ago? Or are you inspired by the original works of Degas, Rodin, and Warhol? Love discovering mysterious Mayan treasures and American Indian artifacts? The Reading Public Museum has these and more in its collection of more than 300,000 art works, antiquities, cultural and natural artifacts which began with founder Dr. Mengel’s antiquities and 2,000 pieces from the St. Louis World’s Fair. Today, the complex includes an arboretum, a planetarium and a room filled with early Pennsylvania German handmade pieces.
The Reading Public Museum features many permanent artifacts and works of art, as well as several temporary exhibits. The children’s exhibits often feature a prominent topic that is appealing to children, such as Hot Wheels, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Crayola, or Thomas the Tank Engine. Children are encouraged to participate in the hands-on components of each exhibit. Several other exhibits, for viewers of all ages, accompany each children’s exhibit. Check the website for the current list of exhibits.
The Neag Planetarium, located right next door to the museum, offers tours of the night sky, music shows, astronomy lessons, and children’s programs daily. Shows change every few months, so be sure to check the website for the current listing.
The Reading Public Museum is a majestic building with serene grounds that include a creek with walking paths. The Arboretum covers 25 acres of natural beauty along the beautiful Wyomissing Creek. Visitors may go for walks, traverse across charming foot bridges, and use the self-guided tour maps to learn about nature. When visiting, be sure to allow time to explore the grounds and visit the ducks!
Come and visit our ancient Egyptian mummy and explore the endless curiosities at the Reading Public Museum!
Hours of Operation
7 Days a Week: 11:00AM – 5:00PM