General Information

"The mission of the Reading Public Museum, a dynamic center of lifelong learning and discovery, is to educate, enlighten and engage current and future generations through the collection, preservation and interpretation of objects of art, science and civilization."

The last admission for the public will be a half hour before closing. We have group tours available if you have 15 people or more. Reservations required. Call 610-371-5850 x250 to schedule tours. Free parking is available on The Museum property. During special events, please observe signs for extra parking. The Museum and The Neag Planetarium will be closed to the public on Independence Day (except for evening "Jazz Under the Stars" event), Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. (Open Labor Day and New Year's Eve 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

We are ADA Accessible and please not that paintings, objects, and artists represented on the Web site may not be on view at all times.

The Museum Shop

The Museum Shop is open during Museum hours. No admission fee for browsing. Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.


Click here to check out ways to rent our facility.

Apprasials & Conservation

The Museum cannot offer valuations, appraisals, or authentications of artwork. If you have an object you would like to have valued or authenticated, The Museum recommends the following resources, and/or click here for a full list:

American Society of Appraisers (800) 272-8258

Appraisers Association of America (212) 889-5404

Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America

For questions about object conservation, the American Institute for Conservation has available a national referral system. Please call (202) 452-9545.

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Financial Information

To download a copy of our 2012 Form 990 Tax Form (Return of Organization Exempt Form Income Tax), click here.

To download a copy of our latest (2012) Audited Financial Report, click here.

Exhibits and events are supported in part by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.