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May 01, 2012: Spam! Spam! Spam!

We've noticed that a small number of our e-mail newsletters are being "bounced." If you think are on our mailing list, and are not receiving e-mail announcements, please take the time to adjust your Spam or Junk Mail filters, as well as your e-mail address book, to allow mail from Reading Public Museum and/or rpm@rpm.pmailus.com. And, we encourage you to update your profile by clicking on the envelope icon to the left, "Stay Informed."

You have been placed on that special e-mailing list either because you've "opted in" via the web, or have become a new Member. At any time, if you no longer wish to receive these notices, there is an "opt out" option on each mailing.

Thanks, and sorry for any inconveniences!


April 07, 2009: Museum Earns Accredited Status

The Reading Public Museum has been awarded accredited status by the American Association of Museums. In December, 2007, the Accreditation Committee had decided to table its decision to renew the Museum's accredited status, and listed their concerns in a detailed letter. These concerns were successfully addressed by a task force of Museum Staff and Board members within the required one-year period.

Ronald C. Roth, Director and CEO of the Reading Public Museum said, "This represents an outstanding achievement for the Museum staff and members of our Foundation Board, the Governor, members of our Berks legislation delegation, and the Friends of the Reading Museum, all of whom played key roles in the hard work necessary to address AAM concerns."

In his letter to the Museum, James Welu, Chair of the Accreditation Commission stated, "In granting accreditation, we applaud the Museum's outstanding response to our concerns. We are pleased to see how you really took advantage of the tabling period to improve operations."
 
Founded in 1906, the American Association of Museums (AAM) is dedicated to promoting excellence within the museum community. Through advocacy, professional education, accreditation and guidance on how to achieve current professional standards of performance, AAM helps museum staffs, boards and volunteers across the country serve the public. The Accreditation Committee is an independent and autonomous body, responsible for the ongoing administration of the association’s accreditation program and for rendering all decisions regarding accredited status.

In June, 1971, 16 museums became the first institutions to be granted accreditation by the AAM. The Reading Public Museum was one of the earliest to be accredited, and has continued to maintain that status, even as criteria became more stringent, reflecting the evolving nature of the museum field. Accredited museums are reviewed at least every ten years, and participation is entirely voluntary.

Today, just over 750 museums are accredited. For these museums, accredited status:
    • indicates the museum meets the program eligibility criteria and the Characteristics of and Accreditable Museum as set forth by the Accreditation Commission
    • demonstrates the museum has undergone a rigorous process of self-assessment and review by its peers
    • signifies that the museum fulfills its obligations to the public as set forth in its mission
    • recognizes the museum's commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement

Two core questions guide every accreditation review: 1) How well does the museum achieve its stated mission and goals?  2) How well does the museum's performance meet standards and best practices as they are generally understood in the field, as appropriate to its circumstances? A museum is evaluated against its own mission and the goals it has established in its institutional plan. This evaluation takes into account the museum’s resources for achieving its mission and goals.

Roth summed up the process and results by stating, "As a result of this process, we are a better Museum today than we were a year ago."

To see an article that appeared in the April 7, 2009 edition of the Reading Eagle, click here.

July 10, 2009: Astronomy Expert to Speak at Museum

On Friday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m., join the Reading Public Museum for a talk by one of the leading experts on astronomy, Dr. Lucy McFadden.

Dr. McFadden will talk about her trip to Antarctica searching for meteorites, and how it relates to NASA’s current “Dawn” mission to asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres.

Dr. McFadden’s current scientific research involves learning as much about Vesta and Ceres as possible to prepare for the Dawn mission’s orbiting of Vesta (2011-2012) and Ceres (2015). To that end, she has acquired multi-color images of Vesta with Hubble Space Telescope to map its surface and to explore what constraints can be placed on its composition. In addition to conducting research, Lucy McFadden has been the Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) Director for NASA missions: EPOXI, Deep Impact, and Dawn. Dr. McFadden is a member of the Graduate Faculty of the Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland and was the founding Faculty Director for College Park Scholars Program: Science, Discovery & the Universe. Dr. McFadden is also an editor of the Encyclopedia of the Solar System.

Cost: $15 Non-Members/$5 for Members of Reading Public Museum and Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society.

Pre-registration is recommended: 610-371-5850 ext. 227.

This lecture is generously sponsored by David and Barbara Thun and is offered
in partnership with the Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society.

June 22, 2009: Museum Discovery Camp Underway!

There are only a few openings left (August 10-14 sessions, for 10 &11 year olds)! Hurry, call 610-371-5850 x227 for more information

July 04, 2009: July 4th Holiday Hours

This Saturday and Sunday, the Museum will be open noon-4 p.m.


July 12, 2009: Berks Art Alliance Exhibition Opens Today!

The exhibition opens this Sunday, July 12 at noon. The Opening Reception is from 4-6 p.m., with awards and sponsor purchases announced at 5 p.m. There will be refreshments and music will be provided by Jack Keller, classical pianist (free with regular Museum admission fee).

For details about Berks County's largest juried art exhibition, click here.

July 06, 2009: Gala Survey - We'd Like Your Help!

Our Annual Gala is our largest single-event fundraiser and we'd like your advice on ways to make it better! Please click here and take a few minutes to fill out the handy online survey.

July 24, 2009: "Check" This Free Preview Performance!

This Friday, July 24, actors from Genesius Theatre will perform selections from their upcoming (August 14, 15 and 16) Museum concert performances of the musical "Chess." It's in our Atrium from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m., and it's free! Come and hear some of the best voices in Berks.

Regular Museum admission fees apply, if you'd like to visit the rest of our exhibitions, including our newest, From Raw to Refined (Members free). For more info on the August full Concert Performances (plus wine/hors d' oeuvres), and for tickets, visit www.genesiustheatre.org.

August 07, 2009: Family Bus Trip to Please Touch Museum!

Join us on Friday, August 7, as we travel to the newest family destination in the region. The newly expanded museum at Memorial Hall includes such interactive exhibits as City Capers, Flight Fantasy, River Adventures, Wonderland and more. The day’s visit will include an orientation, 90-minute visit through Museum galleries, a ride on the Museum’s carousel and time for lunch. Participants may bring lunch or purchase in the Please Taste Café.

Children must be 4 years of age. Bus departs from Sears Auto at 7:30 a.m.               

Cost: $65 Adult member/$55 Child Member; $70 Adult Non-Member/$60 Child Non-member. Call 610-371-5850 x227 for details.

August 14, 2009: Genesius Plays "Chess" at the Museum

On August 14, 15 and 16, enjoy a unique experience at the Museum as Genesius Theatre presents special performances of the musical Chess. Check out some of the best voices in Berks as they present this exciting production with lyrics by Tm Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita) and music by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, formerly of ABBA.

Performances will be held in the Atrium on each of these three days. The $50 ticket includes food, a complimentary glass of wine and the performance.

For tickets, times and more information about the show (including special "performance-only" tickets), visit www.genesiustheatre.org or call 610-371-8151.



August 15, 2009: Y102 Dog Days of Summer

On Saturday, August 15, Noon-5 p.m., bring your "best friend" and enjoy the festivities at this annual event.

Details are available at www.wrfy.com/pages/dogdays.html.

August 17, 2009: Special presale offer from Cirque du Soleil!

Tickets go on sale on Monday, August 17, for Alegria from Cirque du Soleil — coming to the Sovereign Center in Reading from October 20-25.



Please visit the link below to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. (August 12-16 only) This will give you the opportunity to choose any show date and time you desire before the prime seats become unavailable. 

Plus, you save $10 per ticket for Level 1 and 2 seats!

Presale access and information on Alegria is available at the link below:
http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/CirqueDuSoleil/en/special/alegria/reading.htm

After accessing the link, simply click the Cirque Club Member Exclusive link.

Thank you for your interest in Alegria by Cirque du Soleil and enjoy the show!

September 13, 2009: Culture Soup - Arts in the Arboretum

On Sunday, September 13, join us for an afternoon outdoors on the beautiful grounds of the Reading Public Museum with musical guests, the Jazz Katz. Meet up with old friends or make new ones while eating, drinking, and networking. Food will not be served so we invite you to bring your own blanket and picnic feast or snack. Become a part of history as John Pankratz photographs attendees for the Faces of Reading project.

The mission of Culture Soup is to work together to develop unique arts programming designed for young professionals in our Greater Reading community. Culture Soup is a collaborative effort between the Reading Public Museum, the Reading Symphony Orchestra, the Berks Arts Council, GoggleWorks, Leadership Berks at Alvernia University, and Greater Reading Young Professionals.

Admission: $7 for adults/Free for children 12 and under. Admission includes two drink vouchers for our wine and beer tasting. Free non-alcoholic beverages will be available.

For more information please call Lauren McCarroll at 610-371-5850 x230 or e-mail her at lauren.mccarroll@readingpublicmuseum.org




September 20, 2009: Walk the Walk! First Annual Berks Recovery Walk

On Sunday, September 20, from noon to 4 p.m., the First Annual Berks County Recovery Walk will be held to promote positive awareness of the benefits of recovery from all addictions in the local community and to celebrate National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

Beginning with a walk from Reading Area Community College to the Reading Public Museum, the day continues with food, drinks, music and activities in the Arboretum at the Museum.

Sponsors for the event include Easy Does It, Inc., the Council on Chemical Abuse, and Caron Treatment Centers. All are welcome and the cost is free!

For details, click here.



October 06, 2009: Gene London on Charlie and Company

Tune in WEEU on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 8:07 a.m. to hear Gene London, live in the studio, chatting with Charlie Adams about our current exhibition and... who knows what else? Two of this area's greatest story tellers are guaranteed to brighten your morning!

September 16, 2009: Gene London Live on WHYY Cannel 12

This Wednesday, September 16, 9:30 - 11 p.m., Gene London will appear live during pledge breaks as WHYY, TV12 in Philadelphia, airs the nostalgic program, "Philly's Favorite Kids Show Hosts."

Don't miss it! Gene will be in the studio adding his own personal comments about those wonderful early days of live television, as well as talking about his upcoming exhibition here at the Museum. And don't forget to call and make your pledge.

Click here for more info.

October 07, 2009: An Evening with Gene London - Second Show Sold Out!

Sorry, but due to popular demand, the added "Evening with Gene London" show, scheduled for this Friday evening, October 9, has just been sold out!

Thanks for your interest, and keep your eye on our Web site to see if we are able to add other shows.

October 01, 2009: Lecture & Book Signing: "Dream Gardener Bertrand H. Farr"

Join us this Thursday evening, October 1, at 6 p.m. for October for a lecture by George H. Edmonds, author of Dream Gardener: Pioneer Nurseryman Bertrand H. Farr and Wyomissing - An American Dream: Enterprise Shaping Community. He will present a slide show using Farr's historic tinted-glass slides and a talk about Farr's amazing transformation from music-man to world-famous nurseryman; his contributions to American horticulture; the mysteries surrounding his life in Iowa, Boston, and Wyomissing; and his legacy at the Arboretum of the Reading Public Museum.

Sponsored by the Penn State Master Gardeners of Berks County

Cost: $10 Non-Members/$5 Members. Light refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is recommended. For more information, call 610-371-5850 x230.



October 02, 2009: TONIGHT! Special Red Carpet Premiere

Friday, Oct 2 from 5:30-8 p.m, make your starring appearance at a special "Red Carpet" Opening Night Reception and Fundraiser, in honor of the dazzling new exhibition, The Magic of Hollywood: The Gene London Costume Collection.

Celebrate the glamour of Hollywood at this exciting sneak preview! Wear your favorite Red Carpet attire and be sure smile for the paparazzi! Meet and greet special guest Gene London; enjoy music, complimentary wine, beer, soft soft drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the Atrium; check out the cigar tent and cash martini bar, and be prepared for a few surprises!

Admission is $50 for Members, $65 for Non-Members. For more information and to R.S.V.P., contact Lauren McCarroll at 610-371-5850 x230 or lauren.mccarroll@readingpublicmuseum.org.

Event sponsored by Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.

In-Kind Support provided by:
The Food Muse (www.thefoodmuse.com)
Reading Rentals (www.readingrentals.com)
Kensington Tobacconist (610-373-5001)

Note: The Museum's regular hours will end at 5 p.m. on this day, because of this event.

October 03, 2009: Red Carpet Premiere Photos Available

WOW! What a night, and what a turnout! The "red carpet premiere" and fundraiser on Friday night, October 2, was a great success with hundreds of wonderful fans attending.

Here's a link where you can see and order official paparazzi photos from the event: If you had you your pic taken by the photographer (Richard Entzminger) at our "official premeire backdrop," check www.photosbylightart.com to view and order.

We're working on a way for you to see all of the other shots taken by our staff and members of the Berks Photographic Society! Too many great shots to post here!

Guests included actress Kelly McGillis, actress Lisa Eichhorn (who flew in from London to be here!); Natalie Bubnis, Associate Producer/Talent on "The View," Albert Boscov and, of course Gene London! Many thanks to all of our gracious supporters, sponsors, in-kind donators, Board members and staff for making this truly a night to remember.





October 09, 2009: What Happened to Pluto?

Find out this Friday at 6 p.m.! Join Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society Member Ron Kunkel for a discussion on the re-classification of Pluto. He'll discuss the announced discovery of 2005 UB313, aka Planet X, which caused scientists to reevaluate what constitutes a planet. The talk will briefly explore the four inner Solar System planets, the Asteroids in the Asteroid Belt, and our outer Solar System. Find out why Pluto is not like any of the other eight planets, nor are any of the 1100 other rocks out beyond Neptune!


In the Auditorium. Cost: Free for Museum and BCAAS Members; $10 for Non-Members.



November 06, 2009: Fashion in Art - Lecture Series by Marlisa Mizerak

Join us on Friday, November 6 at 6 p.m. for the third of this fascinating three-part lecture series.

Coco Chanel once commented that "fashion is architecture." It is true that fashion reflects many of the same cultural forces seen in painting, sculpture and architecture, and can be used as a marker for understanding the psyche of a society. This series will integrate fashion and the other visual arts to give a clearer picture of various aspects of Western civilization.

Final lecture in this series:
"Fashion as the Universal Language"

Cost per lecture: $5 Members/$10 Non-Members. For registration/flier, click here.




October 30, 2009: Do the Monster Mash!

Bring the kids this Friday, October 30, 4:45-7 p.m., for a fun-filled night including a Halloween themed Planetarium show, tour of the Museum's spookiest artifacts, dinner, and Halloween craft. Prizes will be given for kids' costumes.

Sorry! As of 10/27/09, we are filled with reservations! Be on the lookout for our next family event on December 5!

Members: $10 per adult, $5 per child or $30 for a family of five/ Non-Members: $15 per adult, $10 per child or $50 for a family of five.

For more info (pdf flier), click here.


November 08, 2009: Make a Grand Appearance at the Film Festival Finale!

On Sunday, November 8, celebrate the collaboration between the Museum and the Berks Arts Council's Greater Reading Film Festival and join us for a fun-filled afternoon and evening of silver screen magic.

View one of Hitchcock's classics, Rear Window (3 p.m. at the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences main Auditorium) and then move on to the Museum for the festival's official Closing Reception in the Atrium (5:30-8 p.m.).

See our dazzling exhibition (including one of the dresses worn by Grace Kelly in the film), and meet and greet Gene London himself! Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

For more information on tickets and pricing, visit www.fandango.com or call Berks Arts Council at 610-898-1930.

October 31, 2009: Last Day Today!

Saturday. October 31 is your last day to see our exhibition, From Raw to Refined. For details, click here. Don't miss it!

November 14, 2009: Annual Fall Cleanup this Saturday!

We're looking for members of the community to join in the camaraderie of their annual Arboretum Fall Clean-Up Day. This event, organized by the Arboretum Committee, will be held this Saturday, November 14, 2009, from 9 a.m. until noon. (Rain date: Sunday, November 15).

Last year's event brought dozens of energetic volunteers together to help put the Museum's award-winning grounds "to bed for the winter." The Museum hopes the community will once again pitch-in to assist in this enormous undertaking.Volunteers help groom the grounds (i.e. raking leaves, sweeping, picking up debris, etc.). Individuals, neighborhood and family groups, student groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, garden clubs, and church groups are encouraged to participate. No experience is necessary.

For more info, call 610-371-5850 ext. 239, and leaving your name and phone number. Or, e-mail Karin W. at arborasst@readingpublicmuseum.org.

November 15, 2009: Ron Roth at Studio B

On Sunday, November 15, at 1 p.m., Ron Roth, Director and CEO of the Reading Public Museum will give a presentation about the Museum, its holdings, and events titled From the Mummy to the Mayans: Rediscovering the Reading Public Museum.

The lecture is at Studio B, a home for art in the historic heart of Boyertown, PA.
It is a community-run art center built in conjunction with the Arts & Activities Alliance of Building A Better Boyertown. The gallery and art studio is located at 39A East Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown, PA 19512. (coffee and conversation from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the day of the program)

For more info, check www.studiobbb.org


December 01, 2009: Noontime Knowledge on Tuesday!

"Jack Frost & the Skies of Winter," a presentation by Planetarium Director Mark Mazurkiewicz, will be the topic of Noontime Knowledge on Tuesday, December 1, in The Planetarium.

Jack Frost teaches the two about the stars of the winter Hexagon, constellation lore, facts about star color and temperature, unique techniques for finding the winter constellations, as well as an open-minded and imaginative approach to better understanding star pictures. Be the first to preview this new Planetarium offering.

Free to Members, cost of admission for Non-Members.


December 15, 2009: Museum Holiday Hours

We hope you get a chance to visit the Museum and The Planetarium during the upcoming holiday season. Our regular hours apply, with the following exceptions:

Thursday, December 24, 2009 - Museum open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; offices close at 4 p.m.
Friday, December 25, 2009 - Museum and offices closed
Thursday, December 31, 2009 - Museum open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; offices close at 4 p.m.
Friday, January 1, 2010 - Museum and offices closed


December 03, 2009: Culture Soup - Stir the Artist in You

On December 3, join the First Thursday festivities at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington Street in Reading from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. And it's all free!

Listen as GoggleWorks artists talk about their artwork in the 5th Annual GoggleWorks Studio Artist Exhibition; come early to catch a glassblowing demonstration beginning at 5 p.m. and running through 7 p.m.; stay to enjoy live poetry readings by Berks Bards from 6-8 p.m. with featured poet Glenn McLaughlin and open mic to follow; enter a raffle to attend a GoggleWorks Holiday Workshop; explore the five GoggleWorks galleries while sipping on wine and enjoying light hors d'oeuvres.


Culture Soup is a collaborative effort between the Reading Public Museum, the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Greater Reading Young Professionals, Leadership Berks at Alvernia University, GoggleWorks and Berks Arts Council. Its mission is to work together to develop unique arts programming designed to engage young professionals in our Greater Reading Community.

For a flier on this event, click here to download a PDF file.

December 05, 2009: Free Family Day this Saturday!

On Dec. 5, bring the family for a free day of Winter Wonderland fun! Celebrate the winter season with arts, crafts, story readings and performances by the Institute of the Arts Theater students at 12:30 p.m. and Berks Classical Children's Chorus at 2 p.m. (courtesy Reading Musical Foundation). Free, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.!


January 11, 2011: Snow Days - Is the Museum Open?

In case of snow or other weather-related issues, we will post the status of the Museum and its offices right here in this "News" section, as soon as the decision is made.

Information will also be available on WEEU (830 AM in Reading, PA) and through the 69 News Stormcenter on the following media outlets:
• WFMZ  (www.wfmz.com)
• WFMZ-TV Channel 69 (crawl on bottom of screen)
• WRFY-FM 102.5
• WLEV-FM 100.7
• WBYN-FM 107.5
• WODE-FM 99.9
• WWYY-FM 107.1
• Reading Eagle (www.readingeagle.com)
• Express Times (www.lehighvalleylive.com)
• WCTO-FM (96.1)
• WBYN-AM 1160
• WRAW-AM 1340

December 30, 2009: Museum Director and CEO Steps Down

Ronald C. Roth has elected to step down as Director and CEO of the Reading Public Museum effective December 31, 2009. He has served in these positions since joining the Museum in 2002.

The Foundation for the Reading Public Museum Board of Directors will begin a search for a new director after spending an appropriate amount of time to more fully understand the current and future strategic needs of the Museum, and to accurately define what role the director should play.

To assure a smooth transition for the Museum staff during this period, the Board has appointed Donald C. Bristol to serve as Interim Administrative Director.

During Roth’s tenure, in addition to the many family-oriented science, art and cultural exhibitions and programming offered, the Museum has hosted a variety of outstanding exhibitions, including DINOSAURS!, Dale Chihuly: A Celebration of Glass, Keith Haring: Journey of the Radiant Baby, Degas and the Art of Japan, Born to be Wild: Adventures in the Art of Motorcycle Design  and the very popular The Magic of Hollywood: The Gene London Costume Collection, currently on display.

In an effort to expand the Museum’s presence in the community, Roth actively sought collaborations with local organizations, most recently helping to organize “Culture Soup,” a partnership with the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Berks Arts Council, GoggleWorks, Greater Reading Young Professionals and Leadership Berks at Alvernia University. He also established several unique offerings at the Museum such as “Bagels & Bach” and “Jive After Five.” Also, he spearheaded the establishment of the new Works on Paper Gallery, the Family Learning Gallery and the renovation of the Latin American Gallery.

Under Roth’s guidance, the Museum regained accreditation in 2009 by the American Association of Museums. The renovation of The Planetarium at the Reading Public Museum was accomplished during his tenure, as well as the revitalization of the Museum’s noteworthy Arboretum.




January 15, 2010: Nefrina Unveiling Filled!

We're sorry, but as of 1/11/10, our unveiling of the forensic sculpture of our resident mummy, Nefrina, this Friday evening, January 15, is full, and we are no longer taking reservations.

Please stop by during regular Museum hours beginning January 15, and check out this special focus exhibition, Nefrina's World, and find out what she looked like during her lifetime!

January 22, 2010: Steven Siegel Presents Artist's Lecture

On Friday, January 22, at 6 p.m., artist Steven Siegel will present a free lecture at the Reading Public Museum as part of the exhibition, Wonderful Life.

This collaborative multi-venue exhibition, opening January 18 and continuing through February 26, 2010, will be at the Freyberger Gallery, Penn State Berks; the Freedman Gallery, Albright College; and the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA. The lecture at the Museum will be preceded by a reception at the GoggleWorks from 4-5 p.m. Other opening receptions include one on January 21 from 5-7 p.m. at the Freedman Gallery, and from 6-8 p.m. at the Freyberger Gallery.

Wonderful Life is a collection of 52 sculptural wall pieces made of everyday objects found in hardware or art supply stores. The work reflects the artist's interest in biology and the progression of cellular or biomorphic growth and its cumulative changes over time if left with no forces that intercept or influence it. The exhibition was created over a six-year period, and, according to Siegel, "is about the simple, cumulative changes that generate form, from generation to generation."

Steven Siegel, currently living in upstate New York, has received numerous grants and awards, and has completed site sculptures and installations in the United States and abroad. Marilyn J. Fox, director of the Freyberger Gallery, has coordinated this exhibition to produce a county-wide opportunity for a broader audience to experience its grand scope.

The Penn State Berks campus is currently displaying a recently completed monumental outdoor sculpture, Two of 'em, created by Siegel with the help of campus and community volunteers.

February 05, 2010: Kutztown University Presents The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra

Coming Friday, February 5 to the Schaeffer Auditorium, a "Roaring 20's" dinner with the Mark of Zorro and more!

America's only year-round, professional silent film orchestra, re-creating "America's Original Music" will perform Mortimer Wilson's Spanish-influenced original score with the 1920's movie by Douglas Fairbanks that defined the swashbuckling genre and was the first film version of the legendary character.



For the Reading Public Museum visitors, just bring your recent Museum admissions receipt for a $5 discount.

For more information, click on the link to their Web site http://www.kutztown.edu/activities/kupas/





February 14, 2010: Treat your sweetie to Bagels & Bach!

On Sunday, Valentine's Day, what a great way to start the day — live music and light breakfast in the Museum's beautiful Atrium! For details, click here.


February 19, 2010: New Photo Exhibition Opened Last Weekend

Be sure to check out the new exhibition, "Desolate Places, Crowded Spaces: The Photography of Anne Heimann," opening February 19 and continuing through April 18, 2010. It features a collection of twenty images connecting nature with artificial worlds.

For more info, click here.



March 18, 2010: Jive After Five this Thursday!

Join us this Thursday, March 18, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. for "Star Light, Star Bright."

Meet under the stars at The Planetarium! Gaze at our latest music and light show under the dome and take in live music in the lobby. This event is in conjunction with the GRYP Third Thursday Museum Event. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.

$5 Members/$10 Non-Members

Promotional Sponsor: Y102     Food Sponsor: 3rd & Spruce Café



March 21, 2010: Bagels & Bach Goes Hollywood!

This Sunday from 10 a.m. - noon, join us for light breakfast and live music in our beautiful Atrium and enjoy "Genesius Theatre Presents the Music of Hollywood."

In celebration of the current exhibition, The Magic of Hollywood: The Gene London Costume Collection, Genesius Theatre presents a revue featuring music from top movie musicals and Academy Award winning songs! From the early classics to recent favorites, you'll enjoy an entertaining show complete with singers, band and narrator.

Admission to Bagels & Bach is $25 for Non-Members and $15 for Members and includes light breakfast, the concert and admission to the Museum after the show. Reservations suggested (for food count). Call 610-3711-5850 x264.

March 20, 2010: Here Comes Lester Breininger!

A Potter's Easter hops back to the Museum this Saturday, March 20 from noon-4p.m. in the Atrium.

Lester Breininger will be on hand to show and sell his newest Easter Egg designs, bunnies and redware pottery. A portion of all sales will benefit The Reading Public Museum. 

Admission is free. Don't miss it!


March 17, 2010: Hollywood Exhibition to End April 4. See It Now!

The current exhibition, "The Magic of Hollywood: The Gene London Costume Collection," will close early due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts. There was concern that the costumes might suffer damage from environmental exposure due to the exhibit's originally planned length of eight months.

This collection of over 130 dazzling costumes from Hollywood's golden era will be on view now through the end of Museum hours on Sunday, April 4, 2010.

Don't miss this dazzling show before it's too late! For more info, click here.





March 25, 2010: This Thursday's Jive After Five Gets HIP

Join your friends at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, at Gerald Veasley's Jazz Base at the Crowne Plaza Reading and be a part of the world-renowned VF Outlet Berks Jazz Fest for a night of music and fun. Saxophonist Mike Eben and his band, "From the HIP," will deliver their own spin on classic and modern jazz, soul, funk and fusion.

Tickets are $10 at the door or available by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3300. GRYP and Leadership Berks Core Class Members and Alumni can stop by the Culture Soup table inside the Jazz Base to pick up a voucher for a free glass of Barefoot wine or beer donated by Eagle Distributing. (Must have valid show ticket for a voucher. One voucher per person. Limited number of vouchers; first come, first served.) Also, while at the Culture Soup table, enter to win a "Basket of Goodies" from participating Culture Soup Organizations.

For a promotional flier, click here.

Culture Soup is a collaborative effort between the Reading Public Museum, the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Greater Reading Young Professionals, Leadership Berks at Alvernia University and Berks Arts Council. The mission of Culture Soup is to work together to develop unique arts programming designed to engage young professionals in our Greater Reading Community.

March 29, 2010: Report to the Community Available Online

The 2009 version of our Report to the Community is available now as a PDF file download by clicking www.readingpublicmuseum.org/pdf/rpm_com-rep09_web.pdf. In it, you'll find photos, information about this past year's programs and events, financial and Membership statistics, and more.

A list of our 2009 donors is also available at www.readingpublicmuseum.org/support/donor_list.php. If you are unable to download or view the Report, please contact Megan Kintzer at 610-371-5850 x232 or by e-mail at megan.kintzer@readingpublicmuseum.org.

There will be no mass mailing or distribution of a printed Report this year.

November 18, 2010: Story Thursday this Week!

Kids, bring your parents and enjoy a story reading, mini-tour and hands-on activity for ages 4 and 5. – 1 p.m.

This week's story: Yonie Wondernose by Marguerite de Angeli

$5/Participating Child, chaperone free


April 05, 2010: Easter Photos Available Online!

If you had your photo taken with the Easter Bunny on Easter Sunday at the Museum by photographer Roxanne Richardson, and would like to view/order online, please visit www.collages.net

Enter user name: Easter Bunny Photos and password: 21828

Thanks for helping to make "Easter at the Museum" a fun tradition!




April 09, 2010: Easter at the Museum Photo Contest Winner Announced

Congratulations to this year's winner, Oriana Brenneman from Bowmansville, Pa. She brought in a photo of her family celebrating Easter at the Museum in 1974. To check out here winning entry and comments, click here.

Many thanks to all who participated. See them all on display next year!



May 21, 2010: Lecture Series Continues This Friday

"Architecture: The Art That Surrounds Us" is a series of three lectures by Marlisa Mizerak focusing on architecture as a cultural reflector and a hallmark of humanity's achievements -- from the breathtaking poetry of the Gothic cathedrals to the clean lines of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style homes to the twisting forms of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.

The third of the series is "Looking East, Looking West"

The West's ongoing fascination with the East has been an important part of the history of Western art, and Frank Lloyd Wright was not immune to this phenomenon. We will look at some of the important moments in this dialog, not only in Wright's work, but also in the work of modern architects Tadao Ando and I.M. Pei.

Cost is $5 per Member/$10 per Non-Member. For more information and to register, click here or call 610-371-5850 x227.



May 04, 2010: Gala Photos Available Now!

To those of you who made our annual Gala a success, a huge thanks! Photos taken by our roving photographer are now available for viewing/downloading/ordering prints through our Flickr® account. For a slide show of available photos, log onto http://www.flickr.com/photos/readingpublicmuseum/sets/72157623962082232/show/ or to download/order, see http://www.flickr.com/photos/readingpublicmuseum/sets/72157623962082232/

For a free download, click on the desired photo, then click on the "all sizes" icon above the photo. You'll be able to choose from a variety of file sizes to download.

If you open a free Flickr account, you'll also have an option to order prints via their Snapfish service. The "order prints" icon will then appear above your selected photo.


May 06, 2010: Enjoy a Spring Fling this Thursday!

Join your friends after work (5:30-7:30 p.m.) and celebrate spring! Listen to live music by local favorite Maggie Spike. Watch as "Best of Berks" winner Petals on Penn designer creates a whimsical floral arrangement based on a favorite artwork in the Museum's collection. Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.  $5 Members/$10 Non-Members

November 02, 2010: Noontime Knowledge on Tuesday!

Feed your imagination! "Here's to the Ladies" by Selby M. Doughty.  Free with Museum admission (Members free). Noon.

May 20, 2010: Story Thursday Today!

Kids, bring your parents and enjoy a story reading, mini-tour and hands-on activity for ages 4 and 5. Now at both 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. This week's story: Imogene's Antlers by David Small

$5/Participating Child, chaperone free. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.


May 09, 2010: Free Mother's Day Concert

This Sunday at 3 p.m., enjoy the sounds of "Bob Kreitz & Friends" for the annual Mother's Day concert in our Auditorium. Presented by the Reading Musical Foundation, this concert is free to the public (with limited seating).


May 16, 2010: Art In the Garden Classes Start this Sunday

Taught by Penn State Master Gardeners, a four-part series of Sunday afternoon classes. (meet at 2 p.m. on the steps of the Museum). Each session includes a presentation of the topic and a stroll to appropriate areas of the Arboretum.

May 16 - Design Concepts - Learn how the application of design elements and principles can provide visual continuity throughout any garden.

MAY 23 - Right Plant, Right Place - Join our experts as we walk the grounds to observe and discuss the successes (and failures) of plantings. Learn why the siting of plants with regard to soil, sun or shade, moisture and hardiness zone is critical to gardening success.

JUNE 6 - Foliage and Texture - How does textural diversity contribute to the visual quality of your garden? Join our presenters in the Arboretum to explore the textures, colors and forms that combine to create an appealing landscape.

June 13 - A Garden for All Seasons - Spring enchantment - Summer bounty - Fall color - Winter interest

Cost: $8 Museum Members/$12 Non-Members per class or $25 Museum Members/$40 Non-Members for class package (all 4 classes). Space is limited.

For more info and a registration flier, click here.

May 22, 2010: Sunflower Tunnel Takes Shape This Saturday

Join us this Saturday, May 22nd, at 10 a.m., as the Arboretum Assistants, with the help of Daisy Troop #189 of Wyomissing, create a Sunflower Tunnel by planting approximately seventy feet of Sunflower seeds. Scarlet Runner Bean and Hyacinth Bean seeds will be interspersed with the sun flowers in two parallel rows. Smaller varieties of sunflowers will be planted alongside the tunnel to provide examples of more suitably sized garden worthy plants.  

This project consisting of all annual plants will be located on the north side of the creek.  

As the sun flowers grow tall, the vines will climb the stalks and eventually cross over on supportive strings to form the "roof" of the tunnel.

June 01, 2010: Noontime Knowledge on Tuesday!

Feed your imagination! "Quilts, Samplers and Coverlets, Oh My! PA Dutch Textiles in Daily Life" with speaker Candice Perry, Curator of the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center.

Begins at noon. Free with Museum admission (Members free).


June 03, 2010: Story Thursday this Week!

Kids, bring your parents and enjoy a story reading, mini-tour and hands-on activity for ages 4 and 5. Now at both 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Today's story: Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens

$5/Participating Child, chaperone free

December 16, 2010: Story Thursday This Week!

Kids, bring your parents and enjoy a story reading, mini-tour and hands-on activity for ages 4 and 5.  –  1:00 p.m..

This week's story: The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack

$5/Participating Child, chaperone free

June 28, 2010: Discovery Camp Starts This Week!

Summer's here, and so is the fun and educational Museum Discovery Camp, starting June 28 for ages four and five. Each week, a separate age group (4 & 5, 6 & 7, 8 & 9, 10 & 11) will enjoy exciting programs in an unmatched environment.

There are still openings in some of the sessions, so check out http://www.readingpublicmuseum.org/education/summer_camp.php for details!


June 28, 2010: Great Turnout for Lecture & Opening Receptions

Thanks to all who attended last Friday evening's (June 25) Gallery Talk by Candace Perry, subbing for Louisa Bartlett, and Opening Receptions (for both the Jun Kaneko and Cultural Celebration exhibitions).

The turnout was great, and lecture very informative. be sure to stop in over the summer to check out these exhibitions and more!





July 23, 2010: A Grand Reopening Fundraiser... with a twist!

For a long while, interest has been brewing in the reopening of our Pennsylvania German Gallery. Now it's crunch time!


On Friday, July 23 from 5:30-8 p.m., you're invited to a Grand Reopening Fundraiser with a twist! Help us celebrate with traditional beer and pretzels, Gallery tours at 6:30 and 7 p.m., and more!

$25 Members/$35 Non-Members. A flier and registration form are available by clicking here.

July 15, 2010: No Parking Signs Installed

In our main parking lot, you'll now see signs saying "PARKING FOR MUSEUM, PLANETARIUM AND ARBORETUM PATRONS ONLY." (see photo) These were installed and will be enforced by the City of Reading Police Department. Please be courteous to our visitors and save yourself a hefty parking fine by heeding these signs. Thanks!

July 15, 2010: Friday Evening Hours Discontinued

As of August 1, 2010, the Museum is longer open until 8 p.m.on Fridays, except for special events as noted on our Web site. Regular Friday hours will be 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. -- the same as they are for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. On Sundays, we'll continue to be open Noon - 5 p.m.

Laser/Music Shows at The Planetarium will continue on Friday evenings beginning in October.

August 07, 2011: Taste of West Reading - This Sunday!

On Sunday, August 7, West Reading Main Street and Merchants host the "Taste of West Reading," a farm-to-table inspired culinary experience from 4-8 p.m. on the grounds of the Museum. This event will showcase two crown jewels of West Reading; the chefs of West Reading restaurants and the bounty of West Reading Farmer’s Market vendors.

The Farmer’s Market vast array of fruits, vegetables, herbs and meats will give West Reading chefs an opportunity to create their signature dishes using all local food. Guests will dine on several courses, sip local wines and savor the beauty of the Museum’s Arboretum while enjoying live music. A silent and live auction will showcase items from West Reading shops and stores. Enjoy dessert in The Planetarium, under the stars!

The annual fundraiser supports the West Reading Main Street non-profit program as they look to expand their community activities and events and economic development of Penn Avenue. For more information, www.westreadingmainstreet.org
and click on events calendar.





August 05, 2011: Party Under the Stars Tonight!

Join us and the Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society for a fun-filled family night of astronomy. The evening's activities include a Planetarium show and hands-on activities. Learn why we have telescopes in space and how astronomers find planets around other stars.Weather permitting, we will go outside and look through club member's telescopes. For children 5 and up.

For more information and to register (required), call 610-371-5850 x227

Members: $6/adult, $3 child; Non-Members: $10 adult, $5/child

August 13, 2010: Oceanic Gallery Reopens!

We're happy to announce, that, after being closed for several months, our Oceanic Gallery on the second floor is now open to the public. It had been temporarily closed to help facilitate temporary storage while we renovated other areas to provide better, safer environment for our art collection.

Thanks for your patience! Our 20th Century Gallery is next on the list!

August 18, 2010: Attention Arboretum Assistants!

September is "Bring a Friend" month! Do you have a friend or family member who loves to garden, who enjoys making new friends, who would enjoy improving the communitiy? If so, invite him or her to come with you to one or more work sessions in September – Wednesday mornings, 9-noon.

We hope to alert the wider community to the Arboretum Assistants Program here at the Museum, and perhaps attract new volunteers for the 2011 season.


September 04, 2010: Women Artists Exhibition Opened Saturday

Outstanding works including drawings, watercolors, lithographs, etchings, and engravings by more than twenty women artists from the seventeenth through twentieth century will be the feature of Women Artists on view from Saturday, September 4, 2010 through Sunday, January 29, 2011 in the Museum’s Works on Paper Gallery.

For more information, click here.


August 31, 2010: Museum Names New Director and CEO

The Foundation for the Reading Public Museum Board of Directors has named John Graydon Smith as the new Director and CEO of the Museum, with a starting date in Fall of 2010. In this role, Smith is responsible for the overall direction and management of the Museum including planning, organizing, staffing, funding, financial management, exhibitions, programming, marketing, facilities and governance, and serves as a liaison between the staff, the Board of Directors, and the community at large.
 
Smith currently lives in the Albany, New York area with his wife and daughter, where since 2006 has served as President and CEO of The Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST), recently named by Parents Magazine as one of the nation’s top 20 science centers. Prior to that, Smith had held several high-level positions at the American Lung Association in both Indianapolis, IN and Albany, NY. He earned an MBA (Marketing Concentration) from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Marketing and Political Science from University of Indianapolis.
 
Smith stated, “The opportunity to lead the Reading Public Museum as it continues to grow into the leading informal education institution in the area is tremendously exciting for me professionally. On a personal level, my family and I look forward to becoming engaged and active participants in the Reading community and celebrating the many successes ahead for the Museum with those who have been supporters of it throughout the years.”
 
Kathleen Kleppinger, chair of the search committee commented, “We are very pleased to welcome John to the Museum and to our community. The search and selection process was thoughtful and skillfully conducted, and the result is a candidate with experience and a leadership skill set that more than meets our requirements. This is an exciting time for the Museum.”
 
Donald C. Bristol has been serving as Interim Administrative Director of the Museum since January of 2010, after Ronald C. Roth stepped down as Director and CEO.

September 19, 2010: Free Sunday Concert "Under the Linden Tree"

On Sunday, September 19, bring your lawn chair and enjoy a FREE outdoor concert by the Ringgold Band, for another of the Reading Musical Foundation's popular Museum Concert Series performances.

Ringgold Band will close its summer concert series with a concert featuring student soloist Andrew Mohler, a saxophone player and freshman at Temple University. The Ringgold Band preserves the performance fine concert band music through the efforts of its dedicated members and director Jim Seidel. The band performs concerts in the “Sousa” tradition featuring a wide variety of marches, classical transcriptions, Broadway tunes and new concert band music.

September 19, 2010: "Dog Sees God" at the Museum

Experience a special "environmental performance" outdoors at the Museum of "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" by Genesius Theatre on Sunday, September 19 at 6 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, September 26 at 6 p.m.). Warning: some material may be unsuitable for children.

For information about the regular performances at Genesius Theatre, 153 N. 10th Street in Reading, September 16 – 26, visit www.genesiustheatre.org  or call 610-373-9500. (Museum Members: Use code RPM10 at checkout for a  special discount! Offer subject to availability and may not be combined  with any other offer. Must show Membership card to pick up tickets.)



September 25, 2010: Grandparents Day This Saturday!

Join us Saturday, September 25, at the Museum for a day of family fun! Grandparents and kids will enjoy a family-friendly Planetarium Show, tour of the Museum, snacks, story readings and a keepsake art project. One of the popular toys from The Museum Shop will be a raffle prize.

Ticket prices:
Members - $5 per adult; $3 per child; or $15 for a family of five
Non-Members - $7 per adult; $5 per child; or $25 for a family of five

Pre-registration is recommended. Families check in at the Museum at 10:45 a.m. (Children must be accompanied by a grandparent). For more information, contact Anne Corso in the Department of Education at 610-371-5850 x227 or e-mail: anne.corso@readingpublicmuseum.org

October 03, 2010: 7th Annual "Walk to Remember" This Sunday

Sponsored by the Berks Coalition for Organ and Tissue Donation.

Join us on Sunday, October 3, as we raise awareness for the 100,000+ Americans waiting for a life saving organ transplant. Help honor all living donors and the donor families for giving the most precious gift of all – a second chance at life.

Threads of Love Donor Memorial Quilts will be on display for those who wish to pay tribute to the loved ones of those who died and gave the gift of life.

Attend the ceremony in Trudy's Garden before the walk. Registration is from Noon - 1 p.m., Ceremony at 1 p.m. and the Walk begins at 1:15 p.m.

For a flier, click here. For more info, call 1-800-438-5093 ext .1506 or visit www.berkscoalition.org

October 15, 2010: Stroll Through the Universe This Friday

Join us this Friday, October 15 at 6 p.m., as The Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society presents a program, "A Stroll Through the Universe," by Dr. Ruth Daly, Penn State Berks, in the Museum Auditorium.

Free to Members of the Museum and BCAAS, regular Museum admission for Non-Members.

October 16, 2010: Meet The Tiffany Girls This Saturday

Join us for one (or all three) of this enlightening series of lectures on the art of Louis Comfort Tiffany in conjunction with our current exhibition, Tiffany Lamps: Articles of Utility, Objects of Art.

This Saturday, October 16 at  2 p.m.  enjoy  "Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls"
by Martin Eidelberg, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University & Tiffany scholar

While Louis C. Tiffany was the artistic genius behind the creative endeavors of Tiffany Studios, the discovery of a cache of correspondence written by Clara Driscoll, head of the Women’s Glass Cutting Department, has revealed the substantial role of the women who labored anonymously to create Tiffany’s masterpieces.

Lecture cost: $10 per Member/$15 Non-Member
Series cost: $25 Member/ $35 Non-Member (Admission included in cost of lecture)

For a flier and registration form, click here.

October 16, 2010: Moving Photographic Exhibition Now Open

A new exhibiiton, "Eadweard Muybridge & Harold Edgerton: Photographing Motion" opened on Saturday, October 16, 2010 and continues through January 16, 2011

The combination of these two important American photographers will show how motion photography was invented by Muybridge, and expanded upon with new techniques by Edgerton. This exhibition premiers previously undisplayed works from the Museum's growing collection of photographs.

For more info, click here.


October 22, 2010: Laser/Music Shows Return This Friday

Join us for one or more shows featuring classic rock music combined with exciting visuals -- all in our digitally enhanced state-of-the-art Planetarium!

This Friday's lineup includes:

7 p.m. - Laser Beatles
8 p.m. - SonicVision
9 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
10 p.m. - SonicVision

Prices are $5 for Members and $7 for Non-Members (each show). Tickets available at THe Planetarium at 6 p.m. the night of the shows.

October 31, 2010: Enjoy "Breakfast at Tiffany's" This Sunday

Bagels, Bach & Beyond opens a new season this Sunday, October 31, from 10 a.m. until noon, with a very special program! Join us for light breakfast and live music in our beautiful Atrium.

For this concert, complementary to our current exhibition, Tiffany Lamps: Articles of Utility, Objects of Art, our special artists will be the Paragon Palm Court Ensemble,  presenting elegant musical gems from the Art Nouveau era.

For more information, click here.


November 30, -0001: Art of the Craft on Comcast Newsmakers

Check out this video featuring Nancy Chapple, the manager of The Museum Shop, being interviewed by Comcast Tonight's host, Jill Horner. They're discussing the upcoming 8th annual Art of the Craft, held here on Saturday, November 220 and Sunday, November 21. Click here to watch!

November 07, 2010: Museum Adds YouTube Channel

During recent changes to our Web server, we discovered that our video clips were not linking properly, and we had to explore other posting options. The result was our very own YouTube channel, which is now relinked to our Web site. You can check it out, and even subscribe, by clicking www.youtube.com/readingpublicmuseum. Or, click on the little icon on the bottom of each page. Change is good!





November 20, 2010: Art of the Craft This Weekend!

Don't miss this 8th annual show and sale featuring select contemporary and traditional artisans.

For details including hours, artists and more, please click here.

December 17, 2010: Laser/Music Shows This Friday Night

Join us for one or more shows featuring classic rock music combined with exciting visuals -- all in our digitally enhanced state-of-the-art Planetarium!

This winter, the Friday night lineup includes:

7 p.m. - Laser Beatles
8 p.m. - SonicVision
9 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
10 p.m. - SonicVision

Prices are $5 for Members and $7 for Non-Members (each show).Event Time: 7, 8, 9 & 10 p.m. --  Learn more...




December 04, 2010: Tiffany Lecture Series Continues This Week

Join us this Saturday, December 4 at 2 p.m. for the final lecture in the series on the art of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

"An Illuminating Look at Tiffany Lamps"
by Lindsy Parrott, Director/Curator of The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass

This lecture examines the themes of design inspiration, lampshade fabrication, original pricing and marketing, and changing lighting technologies in greater detail. Illustrations include archival photographs of Tiffany's studios and craftsmen, rare period advertisements and promotional brochures. This lecture goes beyond the general appreciation of the beauty of Tiffany lamps by examining the artistry and historical context of these iconic objects.

Lecture cost: $10 per Member/$15 Non-Member (Admission included in cost of lecture)

December 10, 2010: "Let It Snow" Family Night This Friday

Join us for a family friendly evening of story readings, dinner, craft projects and winter-themed Planetarium Show.

Sorry... filled as of 12/10/10!

Cost: Members: $10 per adult, $5 per child or $30 for a family of five; Non-Members: $15 per adult, $10 per child or $50 for a family of five.

For details and registration form, please click here.


December 10, 2010: "Art in the Atrium" Places Collection Front & Center

In an effort to bring highlights of The Museum's extensive permanent collection to light, we've announced plans to display examples of art and civilization in our Atrium. Titled "Art in the Atrium," this exhibition will change periodically throughout the year.

Designed by internationally recognized architect Der Scutt, The Museum's Atrium was opened in October, 1988 as part of a one-year capital improvements project. Der Scutt's design portfolio includes Madison Avenue's Trump Tower, the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York ,and numerous other landmark skyscrapers. Born and raised in the Reading area, Scutt shared his dream to renew the Museum of his youth.

Scott Schweigert, our Curator of Art and Civilization commented, "The Atrium displays will take advantage of that great architectural setting, featuring works from the collection that would not ordinarily be on view. It's a great way to welcome visitors to our entry space and remind them -- as soon as they set foot in the building -- that our collections are vast, engaging and full of hidden treasures."

The first exhibition is now open and focuses on Art Nouveau Pottery & Glass -- eleven pieces including a large Rookwood Pottery vase, Grueby Faience Company pictorial tiles, and artifacts by Amphora and Tiffany. Some of these decorative art objects entered The Museum's collection as early as 1914, shortly after they were created, and complement the current Tiffany Lamp exhibition in the Second Floor Galleries.


December 10, 2010: The Museum on BCTV

Check out the latest edition of "What's Happening at the Reading Public Museum," first aired live on BCTV on Friday, December 10, 2010 at noon. To watch the show via a direct link to BCTV archives, click here. Other editions are available on our "Media" Web page.

December 14, 2010: Two Museum Trees Tops in PA

The Reading Public Museum now has two trees listed on The Pennsylvania Forestry Association’s Web site, www.pabigtrees.com, thanks to the efforts of Master Gardener Jim Smoker of The Museum’s Arboretum Committee. The trees are honored as a part of the Association’s “Champion Tree Program.” Smoker completed the necessary paperwork and provided photos of these majestic trees — White Poplar (Populus, alba) and Maidenhair Tree (Ginko, biloba), indicating the trees’ circumference, height, spread, points, and GPS coordinates. The trees are a part of The Museum’s beautiful 25-acre Arboretum.

Some of the largest of each species are recorded on this Web site — from Abies to Ziziphus. Presently, there are 1,059 different trees listed here. Specific details about The Museum’s entries can be found by visiting the site and searching either by County or by genus (Latin or common).

Peter Poncheri, The Museum’s Director of Buildings and Grounds said, “We are very proud to have two of our trees qualify for this program. The Reading Public Museum is fortunate to have an Arboretum as part of the Museum campus, and thanks to the efforts of Arboretum volunteers like Jim Smoker and others, it has been recognized as a special location in PA.”

The Pennsylvania Forestry Association is a broad-based citizens organization that provides leadership and education in sound, science-based forest management and promotes stewardship to ensure the sustainability of all forest resources. The “Champion Tree Program” is one of the many resources they provide. A champion tree represents the largest of each species of tree found in the state.


January 01, 2011: Museum Closed New Year's Day

The Museum will be closed Saturday, January 1 for the New Year holiday. We will be open 11-4 on Friday, December 31 (Administrative Offices will be closed). We wish you a happy and prosperous New Year, and hope that you make The Museum a part of your plans for 2011.

December 30, 2010: New! Weekday Public Star Shows!

In addition to our Sunday schedule, our popular Star Shows will be presented weekdays at 4:00 p.m., with a different Show each day of the week (Tuesday through Friday)! Enjoy exciting visuals and sound in The Planetarium — experience our state-of-the-art SciDome full-immersion digital video system, offering realtime 3D sky simulation, full-dome shows and multimedia presentations. The lineup includes:

Tuesday - “Our Place in Space”
Wednesday - “Daughter of the Stars
Thursday - "Astronaut"
Friday - "Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity"

Admission costs (per Show): $7.00 Adults (18-60); $5.00 Seniors/Children/Students (w/id); FREE Children 3 and under and Members.


March 03, 2011: Story Thursday This Week!

Kids! Bring your parents at 1 p.m. and enjoy a story reading, mini-tour and hands-on activity. For ages 4 & 5. Cost: $5 per participating child, chaperone free.

This week's story: "My Abuelita" by Tony Johnston

Sprinkled with Spanish and infused with love, this story is a celebration of family, imagination, and the power of story –– a perfect introduction to our Latin American Gallery.

January 18, 2011: Breakfast Series Braves Winter Weather

The new series, held the third Tuesday of every month (Feb. 15, Mar. 15 – 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.) got off to a snowy start this week! A few hearty souls didn't let the slushy morning roadways stop them from enjoying a light breakfast and presentation about the Museum's 20th Century Gallery and unique networking environment.

Join us for breakfast before work in one of our unique gallery spaces. Chat with John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO, network with other business professionals and learn about the Museum's collection all while enjoying hot coffee and a light breakfast. Don't miss your most important meal of the day!

February 15, 2011 - 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. – "Behind the Scenes" at our soon-to-be-seen exhibition, "American Scenery." Features a preview tour of what goes into the installation of a major temporary exhibition, by Scott Schweigert, Curator of Art and Civlization. Pardon our dust!

RSVP to lauren.mccarroll@readingpublicmuseum.org or at 610-371-5850 x264. Free for Reading Area business professionals with your company business card. Space is limited, so make your reservation soon!

More photos at the Reading Public Museum's Facebook site.

Sponsored by Weidenhammer Systems Corporation.


January 14, 2011: Second Floor Galleries Temporarily Closed

The Reading Public Museum has closed its Second Floor Galleries to the public immediately after the ending of the exhibition, Tiffany Lamps: Articles of Utility, Objects of Art. The galleries will reopen no later than Friday, February 18, 2011, in time for the Members Only Opening Reception of its new exhibition, American Scenery: Different Views in Hudson River School Painting, which will be on general public view from Saturday, February 19 through Sunday, June 5, 2011 during Museum hours.

During this time, changes will be made to better accommodate the presentation of works from The Museum’s own permanent collection, as well as improve logistics for future temporary and traveling exhibitions.

When the Second Floor reopens, the West Wing (adjacent to the centrally located Founders’ Gallery) will feature the permanent collection in the European, Asian, 20th Century, American and Pennsylvania German Galleries. The East Wing will feature the new Temporary Galleries, where periodically changing exhibitions will be on view.

Prior to February 18, as several of the Galleries containing The Museum’s collection once again become available to the public, openings will be posted on our Web site.


January 13, 2012: Mmmm. Girl Scout Cookie Kickoff!

Next Saturday, January 21 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., join us and the Girls Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania as we help kick off the 2012 Cookie Season! Enjoy creative activities, our collections and exhibitions... all with a "girl power" theme.

This is a great time at The Museum for celebrating girls and the women they will become. Not only are women featured as subjects in the art, they have created it, too! And while you're here, don't forget to visit our most popular female resident, our mummy Nefrina and check out here funerary mask, recently acquired on loan from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology.

For more details, click here to download a flier (PDF), and or follow @GSEPThinMints and visit GSEPThinmints.blogspot.com for up-to-date cookie information.


May 03, 2011: Noontime Knowledge on Tuesday

Feed your imagination! (and pick up a sandwich or salad at The Atrium Café) At noon, of course!

This week's presentation: "Mama Mia" - by Selby Doughty.

Free with Museum admission (Members free)  Note: Special lunch and lecture cost: $5 for Members, $10 for Non-Members

December 15, 2011: Story Thursday This Week!

Kids! Bring your parents at 1 p.m. and enjoy a story reading, mini-tour and hands-on activity. For ages 4 & 5. Cost: $5 per participating child, chaperone free.

Thursday's story: "The Boy Who Loved to Draw: Benjamin West" by Pat Barbara Brenner





March 15, 2011: RPM Business Breakfast This Tuesday!

Join us for breakfast before work, 7:30-8:30 a.m., in one of our unique gallery spaces. Chat with John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO, network with other business professionals and learn more about the Museum's collection, all while enjoying hot coffee and a light breakfast. Don't miss your most important meal of the day!

Tuesday's feature: Tour the newly redesigned Second Floor permanent collection galleries.

RSVP to lauren.mccarroll@readingpublicmuseum.org or at 610-371-5850 x264. FREE for Reading area business professionals with business card. Sponsored by Weidenhammer Systems Corporation.


April 01, 2011: Jazz Under the Stars - TODAY!

It's an out-of-this-world-class experience at The Planetarium on Friday, April 1 (no foolin') from 4-6 p.m.

Join us for a late afternoon party “under the stars,” with the stars. It’s a great prelude to one of the many concerts held later that evening as part of the 21st Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. Start your weekend in an unmatched environment — right across the street from the Scottish Rite Cathedral, and near major hotels and Downtown Reading. Why not begin your evening here?

Listen to the music of the Dave Posmontier Trio while enjoying wine and light refreshments, and the visually stunning images on the dome above. Our Planetarium theatre and large foyer will be set up party-style, with tables (seated and standing), auditorium-style chairs, and plenty of room to mingle.

Special Guest “Star” 2010 Grammy Award Nominee Philippe Saisse
Internationally famous keyboardist, producer and arranger Philippe Saise will be dropping by to play a few songs with the Dave Posmontier Trio. And with all the musicians in town this week, who knows who else might stop by?

Tickets are $30 each. Registration form and details available by clicking here. Questions? Contact lauren.mccarroll@readingpublicmuseum.org or call 610-371-5850 x264.




March 25, 2011: Floyd Final Friday Features Full-dome Fun!

The Planetarium at the Reading Public Museum is pleased to announce a full program of  musically and visually exciting full-dome immersive productions on the final Friday of each month, beginning March 25, 2011. Three different shows will be offered each evening: Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here at 7 p.m., Sonic Vision (with the music of several of today’s popular bands) at 8 p.m., and  Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon at 9 p.m.

Imagine yourself on a fantastic “roller-coaster ride” through vivid 3-D graphics that pulsate to the rhythm of music of high energy bands, including the iconic Pink Floyd. It’s here, now, at The Planetarium — a unique digital experience, weaving individual works of musical and visual art together into a single creative vision.

Tickets are available beginning at 6 p.m. the night of the show — $5 for Members, and $7 for Non-Members (each show).


December 01, 2011: Story Thursday This Week!

Kids! Bring your parents at 1 p.m. on December 1 and enjoy a story reading, mini-tour and hands-on activity. For ages 4 & 5. Cost: $5 per participating child, chaperone free.

Thursday's story: "Hana in the Time of the Tulips" by Deborah Noyes

Generously supported by Brentwood Industries, Inc.

April 01, 2011: WFMZ Covers Planetarium Jazz Event

On Friday, April 1, WFMZ Channel 69 News Berks Edition covered our "Jazz Under the Stars" event at The Planetarium. Click here to see the story.


March 27, 2011: Museum Jazz Event in the News!

On Sunday, WFMZ Channel 69 News Berks Edition talked to John Smith at our "Bagels, Bach & Beyond" Jazz Fest event held at The Museum. Click here to see the story.

May 15, 2011: Gala Photos Now Available

Photos taken on April 30, 2011 at this year's Annual Gala are now available.

To see, download files and/or order prints from photos take this year by our photographer, Roxanne Richardson, Enchanted Acres Photography, visit our Flickr page by clicking here. Find your picture and click on it. Then, under the "Actions" pull-down menu above the photo to the left, open "View All Sizes." Next, select the size you want and click on "Download."

If you want to order prints through SnapFish, under the "Actions" menu, open "Order Prints and More" and follow the instructions. To view a slideshow of all photos, click on "Slideshow" above photos on upper right of main page.

Note: Much higher resolution files are available. If you're interested in a particular photo, contact michael.anderson@readingpublicmuseum.org with details (photo number, size and type of file needed).




April 24, 2011: Free Saplings Add Growing Interest to Museum Tradition

On Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011, Eastern White Pine tree saplings will be given free to the first 250 children, ages 3-13, as they register for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Registration begins at noon, and the egg hunts will be held for different age groups starting at 1 p.m.

The trees are donated by Karin Wulkowicz of KW Landscaping, Shillington, PA, and are given in celebration of Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 29). Each year, Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, it’s celebrated on the last Friday in April.

Wulkowicz, who is also the current Chairperson of The Museum’s Arboretum Committee, wants to get kids interested in preserving wildlife. “Since all three days are relatively close together, I thought the family event, “Easter at The Museum” would be a great way to get them to children” she said. The evergreen saplings will be in individual  bags, each with topsoil and instructions, ready to plant.

The annual “Easter at The Museum” event will be held from noon until 4 p.m., celebrating a long-standing local tradition of  joining the “Easter Promenade” in The Museum’s 25-acre Arboretum. In recent years, an egg hunt has been added, with prizes for each of three age groups, candy, activities for kids, refreshments and more! Children can visit with the Easter Bunny for photos, and make the memories last.

Egg Hunt Times are: 1:00 p.m. - Ages 3-5; 1:15 p.m. - Ages 6-9; 1:30 p.m. - Ages 10-13. You are encouraged to register when you arrive prior to the hunt, and to receive your free sapling.

Adults are encouraged to bring photos of themselves enjoying “Easter at The Museum” in the past. Bring them to The Museum Shop to be eligible for a special prize, and the opportunity to be in future publications. Leave it at the front desk and fill out a special photo release form. It will be scanned quickly and returned the following week. A winner will be chosen from entries submitted.

Step inside The Museum for a special Easter gallery presentation on Tintoretto’s painting The Raising of Lazarus given by Museum Art Curator Scott Schweigert at 2:00 p.m. Also, families can sign up to give a lucky child the chance to win a FREE week at this year’s Museum Discovery Camp. Children 13 and under are admitted FREE to the galleries on Easter Sunday.

Promotional sponsor for  “Easter at The Museum” is Rock Hits Y102.



April 30, 2011: Our Gala is this Saturday!

It's not to late to sign up for our annual Gala, "The Artist's Palette," held Saturday, April 30, 6-11 p.m., INSIDE The Museum. No tent this year, but plenty of food, drinks, music, great auction items -- all enjoyed among The Museum's fantastic collection. Get your ticket today, and don't miss the best party in town! For more info, click here.



April 29, 2011: Floyd Final Friday Features Full-dome Fun!

This Friday, April 29 (and the last Friday of every month), enjoy exciting digital visuals set to the music of classic rock acts, and/or a vivid 3-D music and graphic "roller coaster ride" at one of our unique Friday night digital Shows in our Planetarium.

Our lineup includes:

7 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
8 p.m. - SonicVision
9 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

Prices for each Laser/Music Show are $5 for Members and $7 for Members. Tickets are available at The Planetarium starting at 6 p.m. the night of the Show.


April 25, 2011: 2011 Easter Photos Now Available!

Photos taken with the Easter Bunny at this year's "Easter at The Museum" are now available. NOTE: These will only be posted until May 15, 2011.

To see, download files and/or order prints from photos take this year by our photographer, Roxanne Richardson, Enchanted Acres Photography, visit our Flickr page by clicking here. Find your picture and click on it. Then, under the "Actions" pull-down menu above the photo to the left, open "View All Sizes." Then, select the size you want and click on "Download."

If you want to order prints through SnapFish, under the "Actions" menu, open "Order Prints and More" and follow the instructions. To view a slideshow of all photos, click on "Slideshow" above photos on upper right of main page.


April 28, 2011: Easter Photo Contest Winner Selected

Congratulations to Amy Davis of Reading, PA, for entering the winning photo from a past "Easter at The Museum." To see the photo, and for more information, click here. Thanks, Amy!

May 13, 2011: "Under the Sea" Family Night This Friday

It's your lucky night! Join us this Friday the Thirteenth at The Museum and Planetarium for a night of family fun. You’ll see the Museum’s exhibition, The World of Sea Shells: Jewels of the Ocean, an underwater inspired show at The Planetarium titled The Enchanted Reef, create an“ocean-inspired” art project, and have pizza and drinks.

Members: $10 per adult, $5 per child or $30 for a family of five.
Non-Members: $15 per adult, $10 per child or $50 for a family of five.

For details and a registration form, click here.

May 19, 2011: RPM Business Breakfast This Tuesday

Join us on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast before work in one of our unique gallery spaces. Chat with John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO, network with other business professionals and learn more about the Museum's collection, all while enjoying hot coffee and a light breakfast. Don't miss your most important meal of the day!

Featured this month: Latin American Gallery

RSVP to lauren.mccarroll@readingpublicmuseum.org or at 610-371-5850 x264. Free for Reading area business professionals with business card. Sponsored by Weidenhammer Systems Corporation.



May 20, 2011: Girl Scout Sleepover this Weekend

Girl Scouts, enjoy this Friday night, May 20, IN The Museum and Planetarium. Sleepover will include a Planetarium Show, a "candlelight tour" of the galleries, light snack and continental breakfast. Time: 6:45 p.m.until 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

$35 per Scout/ One Troop leader free per every 10 scouts. (Adult leaders must be 21 years of age or older) Additional chaperones $20 per person.

For more details and a registration form, click here or contact anne.corso@readinpublicmuseum.org or phone 610-371-5850 x227.


May 16, 2011: Stewarts on Sundays!

Every Sunday, weather permitting, you'll find the signature orange Stewart's Root Beer truck in our parking lot with a full range of tasty treats! Spend the day here - check out the latest and classic exhibitions, catch a show at The Planetarium, and enjoy a walk in our beautiful 25-acre Arboretum -- and NOW, grab some lunch or a cool Italian ice.



May 27, 2011: Floyd Final Friday Tomorrow!

Looking for something unusual to do on Friday? Enjoy exciting digital visuals set to the music of classic rock acts, and/or a vivid 3-D music and graphic "roller coaster ride" at one of our unique Friday night digital Shows in our Planetarium.

Our lineup includes:

7 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
8 p.m. - SonicVision
9 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

Prices for each Laser/Music Show are $5 for Members and $7 for Members. Tickets are available at The Planetarium starting at 6 p.m. the night of the Show.

June 07, 2011: Garden Party Here This Week!

Experience what families and friends have enjoyed for decades -- The Reading Hospital Garden Party. The annual tradition continues on Tuesday, June 7 and Wednesday, June 8 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., right here on the grounds of The Museum.

Children of all ages will enjoy great food, activities and games, FREE face painting and crafts for kids, plants and flowers, live entertainment and so much more. And, while you're there, take a leisurely stroll through our beautiful 25-acre Arboretum.

FREE admission to The Museum with purchase of one full-priced admission. (Rain date: Thursday, June 9). For more info (including the entertainment schedule), visit www.readinghospital.org/gardenparty or call 610-988-8477.

Proceeds benefit Hospital projects of The Friends of The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, including HeartSAFE Berks County.



July 05, 2011: Noontime Knowledge Today!

Feed your imagination with a lecture on fascinating topics in science, art and more. Plus, you can grab a bite to eat in our new Atrium Café. The lecture is free with Museum admission (Members free).

Today's lecture: In Search of New Worlds by Mark Mazurkiewicz, Planetarium Director

Note: Special lunch and lecture cost: $5 for Members, $10 for Non-Members



June 12, 2011: FREE Concert Under the Linden Tree

This coming Sunday, June 12 at 3 p.m., bring your lawn chairs and join us for a FREE concert titled "Easy Listening and Lemonade – Under the Linden Tree" featuring the Reading Philharmonic Orchestra. It's presented by the Reading Musical Foundation, and the rain location for this concert is Atonement Lutheran Church.


June 11, 2011: Garden Tour Benefits Our Perennial Garden

The tour, held this Saturday, June 11, is presented by the Garden Club of Reading. Proceeds will benefit our Perennial Garden. Plus, tour participants will receive a 10% discount on food and beverages at the Atrium Cafe. Read all about it in the Reading Eagle by clicking here.


June 19, 2011: Free Pop's Day Concert on Sunday!

Bring your lawn chairs and join us for a FREE concert "Under the Linden Tree." The Museum Concert Series will host the Reading Pops Orchestra for its 42nd Annual Father’s Day Concert on Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 3:00 PM.

The featured soloist will be Katie Wieand, Lancaster, known as an actress, singer and vocal instructor. Katie received her Master of Music in opera performance from The Boston Conservatory. She has performed several roles with the Boston Lyric Opera and has toured internationally performing operatic roles in Austria and Italy. She is an active performer of Broadway and Contemporary Christian repertoire and is the founder of the Wieand Vocal Studio in Lancaster. Katie has also recorded as a studio vocalist for Gaylord Entertainment in Nashville, TN. Katie was recently added to the adjunct faculty as a vocal coach for Lancaster Bible College.

The Museum Concert Series is sponsored by the Reading Musical Foundation and the Reading Public Museum. In the event of rain, the concert will take place at the Wilson West Middle School auditorium, Faust Road, Sinking Spring, behind the Green Valley Country Club.

June 27, 2011: YogaFit Classes Begin This Week in the Arboretum

YogaFit® or Yoga for the Fitness Industry was developed in 1994 in Los Angeles by Beth Shaw, a leading expert in the field of mind body fitness. Based on the ancient fitness science of hatha yoga, YogaFit blends balance, strength, flexibility and power in a fitness format. It overcomes the mystery of yoga by delivering a practical, user-friendly style, which is accessible, understandable and doable by anybody and any body. YogaFit helps to reduce the risk of injury and decrease tension, stress and lower back pain.

Taught by Xcellerated Speed Training's own Shanon Gaul, Certified YogaFit Instructor, on the scenic grounds of the Reading Public Museum, the YogaFit style is ideal for athletes or individuals at any level of fitness. Click here for a flier.

WHEN: Mondays and Fridays at 8 a.m. starting June 27, 2011
WHERE: The Arboretum at the Reading Public Museum (meet at Museum front doors)
COST: $10/session
INFO: Registration required. Go to xspeedtraining.com/yogafit to register.


June 16, 2011: Trudy's Garden Turns Ten This Week!

On June 16, 2001, Trudy’s Garden, a living memorial celebrating the life of Gertrude (“Trudy”) Anne Boland was dedicated at the Reading Public Museum. Trudy passed away on March 5, 1995 after a ten-year battle with cancer. Matt Boland, her younger brother, donated the garden and has established an endowment to the Reading Public Museum to maintain the garden in perpetuity. The garden encompasses 25,000 square feet and features a red brick pathway in the shape of a heart.

For more information on this beautiful garden in our Arboretum, please click here.


June 21, 2011: RPM Business Breakfast Looking Up

Join us for breakfast this morning, June 21. On the third Tuesday morning of every month, you can chat with John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO, network with other business professionals and learn more about the Museum's collection, all while enjoying hot coffee and a light breakfast. Don't miss your most important meal of the day!

This month: We'll meet at The Planetarium, where Mark Mazurkiewicz, Planetarium Director, will present an introduction to the Summer Solstice and preview some of the upcoming Shows.

RSVP to lauren.mccarroll@readingpublicmuseum.org or at 610-371-5850 x264. Free for Reading area business professionals with business card. Sponsored by Weidenhammer Systems Corporation.



June 24, 2011: Floyd Final Friday Features Full-dome Fun

This Friday, June 24, enjoy exciting digital visuals set to the music of classic rock acts, and/or a vivid 3-D music and graphic "roller coaster ride" at one of our unique Friday night digital Shows in our Planetarium (the last Friday of each month).

This week's lineup includes:

7 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
8 p.m. - SonicVision
9 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

Prices for each Laser/Music Show are $5 for Members and $7 for Members. Tickets are available at The Planetarium starting at 6 p.m. the night of the Show.


June 21, 2011: Museum Discovery Camp Begins This Week

Starting June 27, Museum Discovery Camp offers an art and science program for children from ages 4-11 years. Exciting programs, unmatched environment, qualified instructors, individual attention and convenience, are the unparalleled ingredients that make the Reading Public Museum Discovery Camp exceptional.

It's not too late to sign up for some of the sessions. For more information, please click here.


July 01, 2011: New! Friday Family Tours & Story Readings

Every Friday at 11:30 a.m. - Free with Museum admission. Meet at front desk.




September 06, 2011: Noontime Knowledge This Tuesday!

Feed your imagination -- and your appetite -- with a lecture or talk on a variety of fascinating topics in science, art and more. Plus, now you can pick up lunch (or pre-order) at our Atrium Café.

Today's talk: "New Acquisitions"
- Scott Schweigert, Curator of Art & Civilization

The Museum's permanent collection is anything but permanent. Join us as we unveil some of the newest additions to the RPM's ever-changing collection including works by Ben Austrian, Richard Estes and Lalique Glass.

Free with Museum admission (Members free).
Special lunch and lecture cost: $5/Members; $10 Non-Members

October 04, 2011: Noontime Knowledge on Tuesday

October 4 - Feed your imagination -- and your appetite -- with a lecture or talk on a variety of fascinating topics in science, art and more. Plus, now you can pick up lunch (or pre-order) at our Atrium Café.

Today's talk: "Every Picture Tells a Story: Photographic Portrait "
- Anne Corso, Director of Education

Photographers have long been enchanted with the human portrait -- from Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Curtis to Cindy Sherman and Annie Leibovitz.

Free with Museum admission (Members free).
Special lunch and lecture cost: $5/Members; $10 Non-Members

August 02, 2011: Traveling WWI Museum Rolled In Today!

On Tuesday, August 2, 2011, the Reading Public Museum will play host to another museum… one on 18 wheels! The display, titled Honoring Our History, is a “rolling museum” developed and hosted by Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. in partnership with the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. This mobile gallery travels to communities across the country, stopping at various museums and cultural institutions to raise funds and awareness.

For this one day only, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Reading area residents will be able to visit the traveling museum, located in the Reading Public Museum’s parking lot, free of charge. Every visitor will have the opportunity to make a financial donation to support both non-profit museums through electronic forms via iPads on board, or in cash.

To compliment the traveling museum, the Reading Public Museum will feature a one-day “Art in The Atrium” display highlighting a selection of war-era posters from its own extensive collection (open during regular Museum hours). The Reading Public Museum owns over 1000 posters from both World War I and World War II. The permanent collection features not only American posters, but many from European countries such as Holland, England, France, Belgium and Germany which show the war effort from viewpoints across the globe. Look for a major exhibition of these posters in the near future.

This 18-wheel, 53-foot drop deck trailer has been transformed into a gallery that serves as a window to the sights, sounds and experiences of World War I. Inside, you'll find:

• Artifacts including weapons, tools, equipment and uniforms.
• A walk-through trench that simulates the war environment.
• Videos and audio tracks.
• Headlines and historical descriptors.

It will allow you the chance to experience the tight conditions of trench warfare, see the relatively primitive tools, weapons, equipment and uniforms, amid sounds and sights of war 100 years ago.

The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is the only American museum solely dedicated to preserving the objects, history and personal experiences of a war whose impact still echoes today. Designated by Congress as the United States’ official World War I Museum and located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, the museum inspires thought, dialogue and learning to make the experiences of the great War era meaningful and relevant for present and future generations.

World War I veterans Chauncey Waddell and Cameron Reed founded Waddell & Reed in 1937. This tour honors them — and all veterans — in anticipation of the 2014 centennial of World War I. Honoring Our History will tour the country through May 2012, when it will return to Kansas City for Waddell & Reed’s 75th anniversary celebration. For more information on the tour, visit www.honoringourhistory.com and for details about the National World War I Museum, log onto www.theworldwar.org.






August 03, 2011: WWI Poster Exhibit Continues

Due to the overwhelming public response to our recent visit (August 2, 2011) by the traveling exhibition, Honoring Our History, the Reading Public Museum will continue their display of authentic war-era posters from its own extensive collection as part of its ongoing “Art in the Atrium” series. Additional posters will be added, and will be on view throughout August and September, 2011.

The Reading Public Museum owns over 1,000 posters from both World War I and World War II. The permanent collection features not only American posters, but many from European countries such as Holland, England, France, Belgium and Germany which show the war effort from viewpoints across the globe. A major exhibition of these posters is being planned for the near future.

Honoring Our History, the 18-wheel “rolling museum,” was developed and hosted by Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. in partnership with the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, this mobile gallery travels to communities across the country, stopping at various museums and cultural institutions to raise funds and awareness. It allows visitors the chance to experience the tight conditions of trench warfare, see the relatively primitive tools, weapons, equipment and uniforms, amid sounds and sights of war 100 years ago.

August 02, 2011: Best of Berks? Last weekend to vote!

Every year, the popular magazine "Berks County Living" conducts it “Best of Berks” contest. The voting for 2011 is underway and closes September 12, so there’s not much time left to help us become known as the best “Local Cultural Facility” (category #11) in Berks!

Please take a moment to click here and vote for The Reading Public Museum and for your favorites in other categories, as well! (Only one vote per computer will be accepted.) You’ll find other links there, including a list of last year’s winners and the 2010 feature.

Thanks so much for your continued support and for making us #1 in 2011.



August 13, 2011: Y-102 Dog Days of Summer Here This Saturday!

It's the dog days of summer and Y102 is hosting the 7th Annual Dog Days of Summer Pet Promotion on Saturday, August 13th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Reading Public Museum!

Rain date will be Sunday August 14th. Click here for more info. Admission is FREE to Dog Days in the Arboretum, but donations of food and supplies for the animal shelter are encouraged! (Regular Admission to The Museum is separate).



August 12, 2011: New Name on the Horizon for The Planetarium

The Reading Public Museum is in the process of renovating, rededicating and renaming its popular Planetarium. The new name will be “The Neag Planetarium at the Reading Public Museum,” and is made possible and funded by a $2 million dollar gift made by local philanthropists Ray and Carole Neag of Wyomissing, Pa. The Neags have been longtime supporters of The Museum, with a particular interest in The Planetarium, which first opened in 1969.

The renovations, which have already begun and will take place over the next two years, include interior work to establish a new Space & Science gallery, a new roof and HVAC system, as well as other structural improvements. The rededication ceremony will take place upon the completion of the interior work, projected for late 2011 or early 2012.

A portion of the funding will also be used to create the Neag Fund of the “Feed Their Imagination” program, which is used to bring disadvantaged children to The Museum through field trips, after-school programs and summer camps. Additional donors are being sought to increase the number of children impacted by this new program which began in late 2010 and funded several summer camp opportunities for children through Opportunity House in Reading.

John Graydon Smith, The Museum’s Director and CEO said, “The support The Museum has received from Ray and Carole through the years has helped us become the institution we are today. This latest gift will help ensure that we remain the leading informal educational institution in the area for the next generation of scientists, artists, and educators and by lending their name to The Museum we know that others in the community will want to follow suit and help us affect the lives of even more children and their families through our mission of lifelong learning.”

As a privately funded institution, other major gifts to The Museum are being sought to help fund the maintenance and growth of the collections and educational programs offered to the public.

August 26, 2011: Floyd Final Friday this week!

On Friday, August 26, enjoy exciting full-dome digital visuals set to the music of classic rock acts like Pink Floyd. Our lineup includes:

7 p.m. - SonicVision (various rock groups)
8 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
9 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
10 p.m. - Pink Floyd: The Wall

Prices for each Laser/Music Show are $5 for Members and $7 for Members. Tickets are available at The Planetarium starting at 6 p.m. the night of the Show.

September 16, 2011: Lights! Camera! Action!

Join us on Friday, September 16, 5:50 - 8 p.m., for an exciting evening as we celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Andrew Orth: Directing Hollywood.

Get your fashion fix by sprucing up your look with the talented artists from Hair On The Avenue. After your hair is primped, and your makeup perfected, step in front of a Berks County Living photographer for your chance to be featured in the "B-Scene" section of the magazine.

Enjoy fresh, light hors d'oeuvres prepared by Papillon brasserie while listening to Hollywood sounds by Genesius Theatre. Complimentary wine and beer will be served.

Cost is just $15 for Members and $20 for Non-Members. For more info and to register, contact lauren.mccarroll@readingpublicmuseum.org, or call 610-371-5850 x264 now!


September 17, 2011: Own a Piece of The Museum!

On Saturday, September 17, 2011, from 9 a.m. until noon, the Reading Public Museum’s Arboretum Committee and volunteers will be selling plants from The Museum’s Arboretum as a fundraiser for The Museum. Fall is a good time for planting, and for people to own a piece of the historical and beautiful Museum grounds. The rain-or-shine event, “Green Day at the Reading Public Museum,” will take place in front of the greenhouse (or inside in case of rain).

Tours of the Arboretum and the newly renovated greenhouse will be available — visitors will be able to see the actual beds from which the plants for sale have been cultivated. Advice on the after-care and maintenance of the plants will be offered, and representatives from several other regional “green” groups will be on hand to give out information. Also, in the spirit of recycling, a selection of duplicate and redundant books from The Museum’s library will be sold at this event.

Live music will be provided by talented guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Jeffrey Beauvais. He also has an alternate musical identity as a Christian rap artist named Chase Nafta, by which he has performed hundreds of concerts throughout the US and some in Namibia, Southern Africa.

November 15, 2011: RPM Business Breakfast on Tuesday

On Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30 a.m., join us for breakfast before work in one of our unique gallery spaces. Chat with John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO, network with other business professionals and learn more about the Museum's collection, all while enjoying hot coffee and a light breakfast. Don't miss your most important meal of the day!

This month: Galleries in Transition

Change is good... and is keeping us busy! Curator of Art and Civilization, Scott Schweigert and John Smith will give you a "behind the scenes" tour of the many exciting changes that are happening to the galleries which are home to our prized permanent collection. You'll see the inner workings and find out the strategy behind the physical and organizational restructuring. Pardon our dust!

RSVP to lauren.mccarroll@readingpublicmuseum.org or at 610-371-5850 x264. Free for Reading area business professionals with business card. Sponsored by Weidenhammer Systems Corporation.

September 30, 2011: Floyd Final Friday THIS week!

On Friday, September 30, enjoy exciting full-dome digital visuals set to the music of classic rock acts like Pink Floyd.

Our lineup includes:

7 p.m. - SonicVision (various rock groups)
8 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
9 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
10 p.m. - Pink Floyd: The Wall

Prices for each Laser/Music Show are $5 for Members and $7 for Members. Tickets are available at The Planetarium starting at 6 p.m. the night of the Show.



September 23, 2011: Visit The Museum for Free this Saturday!

On Saturday, September 24, see our new exhibition, American Impressionism, for FREE! We're participating in Smithsonian Museum Day, so be sure to visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ for more information and for your free pass for this day only!


September 30, 2011: Moneyville Opens with Family Friday!

This Friday evening, September 30, from 5-7 p.m., catch a sneak peak at our brand new exhibition, Moneyville, and enjoy a family-style Opening Reception! Light snacks and refreshments will be served and special activities are offered for children throughout the evening.

Members: $10/adult, $5/child or $30/family of five
Non-Members: $15/adult, $10/child, $50/family of five

October 02, 2011: Family Fun Day on Sunday - "Ancient Egypt"

 On the first Sunday of each month, Museum Staff will hold family-friendly activities or demonstrations in selected galleries or exhibition.

This Sunday's Gallery (October 2, 12-3 p.m.) - Ancient Egypt

Free to Members/cost of Museum admission to Non-Members

September 30, 2011: Local Couple's Gift Will Expand Our 20th Century Gallery

Irvin and Lois E. Cohen, Reading, Pa., longtime Museum Members, have committed more than $1 million in funding and artwork to enhance the Reading Public Museum’s holdings of modern and contemporary art.

The 20th Century Gallery will be expanded to 2,300 square feet, nearly doubling its current size, and will be renamed the “Cohen Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art.” It will feature works by artists including Henry Moore, Dale Chihuly, Milton Avery, and prominent artists with local ties — Harry Bertoia, Keith Haring and William Baziotes. In addition, new works will be added, both from the Cohen’s personal collection as well as from the private collections of other Berks County and Philadelphia collectors. The Gallery is expected to open by the end of 2011.

John Graydon Smith, The Museum’s Director and CEO, said, “We are extremely grateful for this generous gift by the Cohens, as we have been looking to acquire new artwork in this genre. Seeing that the market is too expensive for The Museum to purchase works by these artists, we need gifts from private collectors to help enrich our holdings and our visitors’ experience.”

The Cohen gift, which comes on the heels of the recent announcement that the Reading Public Museum has received a $2 million gift from Ray and Carole Neag for renovations of The Planetarium, will also allow The Museum to relocate its popular Pennsylvania German Gallery to the First Floor, where renovations of that entire level have begun. Smith anticipates more announcements of significant gifts from area supporters in the near future as The Museum continues to grow.




October 14, 2011: Impressive Lecture Series Begins Friday Night

A series of three Friday-night lectures (October 14, November 11 and December 9) based on the current exhibition, American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists' Colony, begins this Friday.

Tonight's Lecture: "Is There an 'Ism' in Pennsylvania Impressionism?" - Brian Peterson, Gerry & Margueritte Lenfest Chief Curator, James A. Michener Art Museum.

Series cost: $45 per Member/$60 per Non-Member
Per Lecture cost: $20 per Member/$30 per Non-Member

For more info and a registration form, please click here.

October 18, 2011: Local Artist's Watercolors Featured at the Atrium Cafe

The Museum is featuring and selling the work of local artists in The Museum Shop, continuing with Berks County resident, Regina Gouger Miller. Millers’s watercolor paintings of Pennsylvania landscapes and flora will be on display Tuesday, October 18, through Sunday, November 27, 2011, at the Atrium Café adjacent to the Shop, where they can be purchased. Most recently, the work of local resident, Jerry Holleran, was featured in this “Artists Among Us” series.

Regina “Ginger” Gouger Miller is an artist, educator, businesswoman and arts patron. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art and design at Carnegie Mellon and holds a master’s degree in art education from Kutztown University. Miller has been a long-time supporter of the Reading Public Museum, and has participated in several of the annual “Art of the Craft” exhibitions/sales held there in November.

A nationally recognized watercolor painter, Ginger’s favorite subjects include flowers, landscapes and other natural scenes. She has studios in Reading, Pa., Santa Barbara, Ca., and Nantucket, Ma. Miller has taught art in public schools, a community college and her studios. In 1984, she created the business “Ginger & Spice” to produce her award-winning needlework designs, which are sold around the world.

Miller has served as president of the Berks Art Alliance and the Berks County Chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild of America and as a board member of numerous other arts organizations. In addition, she serves on the boards of Kutztown University, Reading Public Museum and Carnegie Mellon University, where she is a life trustee.

The Museum will continue offering the work of various artists in The Museum Shop, featuring a new one approximately every six weeks. Other local artists who would like to be considered for this program should contact The Museum at  info@readingpublicmuseum.org.


October 16, 2011: Bagels, Bach & Beyond Begins with Fanfare

This Sunday morning, enjoy light breakfast and live music in our beautiful Atrium.

Our first concert of the new season, now sponsored by Alvernia University, features Hickory Brass. This talented quintet will present a special program related to our American Impressionism exhibition in an unmatched environment.

Admission to Bagels, Bach & Beyond is $30 for Non-Members and $20 for Members and includes light breakfast, the concert and admission to The Museum after the show. Limited seating -- pre-registration is strongly suggested. (610-371-5850 x264)

For more info, click here.



October 12, 2011: Moneyville Featured on 69 News "One Tank Trip"

WFMZ and Karin Mallet did a great feature on our newest exhibition, Moneyville. Click here for a direct link.

April 17, 2012: RPM Business Breakfast on Tuesday

Join us for breakfast before work in one of our unique gallery spaces. Chat with John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO, network with other business professionals and learn about the Museum's collection all while enjoying hot coffee and a light breakfast. Don't miss your most important meal of the day!

Next Breakfast: Tuesday, April 17, 7:30-8:30 a.m. – Works on Paper Gallery - Jim Dine: Glyptotek

Curator of Art and Civilization, Scott Schweigert, will give you a "mini-tour" of this exhibition, here now through June 24, 2012.

Free for Reading Area Business professionals with your company business card. Contact lauren.mccarroll@reaingpublicmuseum.org or call 610-371-5850 x264 to RSVP.

Sponsored by Weidenhammer Systems Corporation.


March 24, 2012: EGGcellent Gift Ideas - A Potter's Easter

This Saturday, March 24, from 11a.m.-4p.m., join Robesonia Redware and the Reading Public Museum for the 8th Anniversary of this very special event! Their newest Easter Egg designs and redware pottery will be on display and available for purchase. A portion of all sales will benefit The Museum. Admission to the Atrium is free!

November 12, 2011: Annual Fall Arboretum Cleanup Needs Your Help!

This Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. until noon (no rain date), we're looking for your help to join in the camaraderie of their annual Arboretum Fall Clean-Up Day. Last year’s event brought dozens of energetic volunteers together to help put The Museum’s award-winning grounds “to bed for the winter.” .

Volunteers help groom the grounds (raking leaves, sweeping, picking up debris, etc.) and all levels of experience are welcome. Individuals, neighborhood and family groups, student groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, garden clubs, and church groups are encouraged to participate. Bring your leaf rake (if you have one) and enthusiasm… the committee will supply gardening gloves and refreshments.
 
Pre-register by calling 610-371-5850 ext. 239, and leaving your name and phone number. Or, contact ken.heiser@comcast.net.

For a registration form, click here.


October 19, 2011: "A Celebration of Archeology" Lecture & Booksigning Tonight

Wednesday, October 19 - This evening's inspiration is the recent publication of local author and historian, George Edmonds' new book, Classical Digs: Archeology, Reading Public Museum and Gustav Oberlander. Activities will include a book signing with Edmonds and a three-panel lecture where he will be joined by two of the region's foremost archeologists -- Professor Ann Steiner of Franklin and Marshall College and Professor Donald White of the University of Pennsylvania.

"A Celebration of Archeology" is particularly appropriate as The Museum looks to renovate and refresh its permanent galleries. A walk-through of The Museum's Ancient Civilizations Gallery with Museum Curator Scott Schweigert will be available prior to the lecture at 5 p.m.

Price: $5 for Members, $10 for Non-Members

For more information or to register for this program, download the PDF flier below by clicking "learn more" or contact the Education Department at 610-371-5850 x 227 or anne.corso@readingpublicmuseum.org

January 27, 2012: Floyd Final Friday this week!

Enjoy exciting full-dome digital visuals set to the music of classic rock acts like
Pink Floyd.

Our lineup includes:

  7 p.m. -  SonicVision (various rock groups)
  8 p.m. -  Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
  9 p.m. -  Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
10 p.m. -  Pink Floyd: The Wall

Prices for each Laser/Music Show are $5 for Members and $7 for Non-Members. Tickets are available at The Planetarium starting at 6 p.m. the night of the Show.

October 28, 2011: Final Fridays - "Flying Hunters: Hawks and Owls"

Enjoy a live demonstration of these magnificent birds with Jack Hubley.

Cost: Free for Museum Members/cost of admission for Non-Members
For questions, contact Anne Corso at 610-371-5850 x227 or anne.corso@readingpublicmuseum.org


March 06, 2012: Noontime Knowledge on Tuesday!

Join us at noon on Tuesday, March  6, for lunch (bring your own or order ahead from our Atrium Café) and a fascinating presentation.

Today's talk: "Crazy Hearts: The Art of Jim Dine" - Scott Schweigert, Curator of Art & Civilization, Reading Public Museum

Free with Museum admission (Members free).
Special lunch and lecture cost: $5/Members; $10 Non-Members


November 04, 2011: "Party with the Planets" Family Night on Friday!

On Friday, November 4 starting at 5 p.m., bring the family for a Planetarium Show, hands-on activities and viewing the planets after dark with the Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society.

$6 adults/$3 children for Museum and BCAAS Members
$10 adults/$5 children for Non-Members

For a flier/registration form, click here.

November 06, 2011: Members Can See Film Fest Feature Free!

On Sunday, November 6 at 1 p.m. at the Reading Movies 11 & IMAX, Reading Public Museum Members can enjoy featured Directing Hollywood Filmmaker John McTiernan's The Thomas Crowne Affair (starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo) FREE! Just show your Membership Card when you arrive.

The 1999 film, a remake of the 1968 film with Steve McQueen, was a departure from McTiernan's usual action adventures.

Following the movie, Museum Curator Scott Schweigert will discuss some of the world's most infamous art heists -- from da Vinci and Rembrandt to Picasso and Matisse -- and explore the twists and turns of the investigations and recoveries of these priceless works of art.

It's all part of the 2011 Greater Reading Film Festival, presented by the Berks Arts Council.

November 11, 2011: Lecture Series Continues This Friday Evening

A series of three Friday-night lectures (October 14, November 11 and December 9) based on the current exhibition, American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists' Colony.

Tonight's Lecture: "The Feminine Touch: Women Impressionist Painters" - Anne Corso, Directer of Education, Reading Public Museum.

(Note: There will be a special exhibition preview with Curator of Art & Civilization, Scott Schweigert, at 5 p.m.)

Series cost: $45 per Member/$60 per Non-Member
Per Lecture cost: $20 per Member/$30 per Non-Member

For more info and a registration form, please click here.

November 25, 2011: Expanded Hours & Programming on Black Friday!

On Friday, November 25, the Reading Public Museum is extending its hours and is offering fun family-oriented options. The Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the busiest shopping day of the year.

Visitors are encouraged to take a break from the hustle and bustle to stop in and enjoy lunch or a snack at the Atrium Café, relax or stroll in our scenic 25-acre Arboretum, or visit one of our three current temporary exhibitions, including Moneyville, where kids can learn all about managing money with over 15 hands-on components in five thematic areas. Plus, check out the newly “refreshed” and renovated galleries containing The Museum’s extensive permanent collection.

In the spirit of the season, on this day The Museum will be offering everyone, Members and Non-Members, a 10% discount on all items at The Museum Shop, featuring the area’s most unique selection of crafts and other gift items.

Special additional daytime full-dome Star Shows for this day include Season of Light at 10 a.m., Oasis in Space at noon, Astronaut at 2 p.m., and The Zula Patrol – Under the Weather (based on the award-winning television series) at 4 p.m. Prices for these shows are $7 Adults (18-59); $5 Seniors/Children/Students w/ID; FREE for Children 3 and under and Museum Members.

From 4:30 to 7 p.m., visitors can enjoy the “Holiday Bazaar for Families,” a fun way to learn the art of the exchange! Activities such as “bring a gift/get a gift,” card making and more are planned. Bring a gift to exchange! The cost of the “Holiday Bazaar for Families” is free for Members, and regular Museum admission for Non-Members (see below). To register, contact Anne Corso, Director of Education, at: 610-371-5850 x227 or anne.corso@readingpublicmuseum.org

This also is one of the “Floyd Final Fridays” at The Neag Planetarium, where you can catch one (or all) of four exciting full-dome digital visuals set to the music of classic rock acts. The lineup includes: 7 p.m. - SonicVision (various rock groups); 8 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here; 9 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon; 10 p.m. - Pink Floyd: The Wall. Prices for each Show are $5 for Members and $7 for Non-Members. Tickets are available at The Neag Planetarium starting at 6 p.m. that evening.

Free parking is also available a the nearby VF Outlet Center, with free shuttle service from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. between VF Outlet Center, The Museum, 7th Avenue & Penn Avenue, and the Courtyard by Marriott Reading Wyomissing. Click here for info!



November 11, 2011: Free Museum Admission for Veterans & Military Personnel

On Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2011, we're offering free admission all day to veterans and active U.S. military personnel in honor of their commitment, service and sacrifice to our country. Also, beginning November 12, The Museum will offer a 10% discount on regular admission fees every day to all active U.S. military personnel.

Veterans Day was originally established to honor Americans who had served in World War I. The national holiday is celebrated on November 11, the anniversary of the day World War I ended in 1918. Today, Veterans Day honors veterans of all wars for their patriotism.




November 17, 2011: Listen Live Today on WEEU!

On Thursday morning, Nov. 17, listen to WEEU 830 AM from 6 to 9 a.m. (yikes!) as Charlie Adams does a live broadcast from The Museum!

November 19, 2011: Art of the Craft This Weekend!

Don't miss the 9th Annual edition of this great event! We're spreading our wings with more artisans, expanded exhibition space in Museum Galleries, live music and the new "Artist's Café."

Open Saturday, November 19 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (with Members ONLY Preview from 9-11 a.m.) and Sunday, November 20 from Noon - 5 p.m.

Admission per day is $8 Adults (18-59), $6 Seniors/Children/Students (w/ID). Members free! Proceeds benefit the Reading Public Museum. Click here for more info.


November 24, 2011: Museum Closed on Thanksgiving Day

In honor of the holiday, The Museum and offices will be closed on Thursday, November 24, Thanksgiving. It will be open from 9 am. - 7 p.m. on Friday, November 25 and regular hours again on Saturday and Sunday. (The administrative offices will be closed on Friday.) Have a happy holiday!

December 02, 2011: "Night IN The Museum" Family Sleepover This Friday

On Friday, December 2, bring your PJs and sleeping bag and spend a night at The Museum. Flashlight tour, Planetarium Show, snack and continental breakfast included.

$35 per child/$20 per adult - Check-in time: 7 p.m.

Flier and registration form soon to be posted here. Please check back, or contact Anne Corso at 610-371-5850 x227 or anne.corso@readingpublicmuseum.org with questions.

For a flier/registration form, click here.



December 04, 2011: Family Fun-day This Sunday!

On Dec. 4 and the first Sunday of each month, Museum Staff hold family-friendly activities or demonstrations in selected galleries or exhibition.

Next Sunday's Gallery - Arms & Armor (newly renovated)

Free to Members/cost of Museum admission to Non-Members

December 01, 2011: We've Been Voted "Best of Berks"

Berks County Living magazine has announced the winners of their annual "Best of Berks 2011" awards, and we've been named "Best Cultural Facility" thanks to your votes! Check out their December 2011 issue, on the news stands now. Over three months, readers submitted their ballots to businesses and establishments in 25 categories, and we're proud to be among the winners. Thanks to all of you who voted, and to those who didn't, visit us and see why we're a local favorite spot for folks and families!





December 09, 2011: Lecture Series - "American Impressionism"

Come to the final Friday-night lecture in the series, based on the current exhibition, American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists' Colony.

Tonight's Lecture: "Selling Impressionism: The Changing Marketplace for Impressionist Painting" - Ronald Pook, Senior Vice President, Pook & Pook, Inc.

Series cost: $45 per Member/$60 per Non-Member
Per Lecture cost: $20 per Member/$30 per Non-Member

For more info and a registration form, please call 610-371-5850


December 30, 2011: Celebrate "Eve Eve" at The Museum!

On Friday, Dec. 30, celebrate New Year's Eve early with activities, tours and a Planetarium Show. It's a part of our continuing "Final Friday" series of special programs and events.

See Anne Corso talk about this fun family event on BCTV's Penn Corridor Happenings show. Click here for a link to their archives.

Cost: Free for Museum Members/cost of admission for Non-Members

For questions, contact Anne Corso at 610-371-5850 x227 or anne.corso@readingpublicmuseum.com

For a flier/registration form, click here.



December 20, 2011: Prices Lowered for Children and Seniors

Effective January 1, 2012, the Reading Public Museum will be reducing its admission fee for Children/Seniors/Students (with ID) more than 15% to $5.00. In an effort to promote and advance its children?s programming of fun-filled and educational exhibits and activities, The Museum hopes to reach out to more children and grandparents by making the cost of admission more affordable. The current $8.00 admission price for Adults (18-59) will remain the same.

The Reading Public Museum has been undergoing changes over the past year with additional ones planned for 2012. A new interactive North American Gallery will debut next summer with its encouragement of active learning and participation. Upcoming exhibitions being planned include The Prints of Andy Warhol, Lego Castle Adventure, Norman Rockwell and Scouting, Animal Secrets, Predators, and more. While some of these special exhibitions may have a surcharge for Adults, the cost for Children/Seniors/Students will remain the same.

 In addition, on the first Sunday afternoon of each month, The Museum staff will present activities and demonstrations for its family visitors. Each Sunday will be themed towards a particular gallery or special exhibition. Many of The Museum's Permanent Galleries include a variety of "make and take" activities for families, such as creating their own drums inspired by the Native American Gallery or making their own hieroglyphic nameplates in the Egyptian Gallery. Other special family focused events are also being planned.

The Reading Public Museum has been undergoing changes over the past year with some additional ones planned for 2012. A new interactive Native American Gallery will debut next summer with its encouragement of active learning and participation by visitors.

John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO of the Reading Public Museum said, "The Museum has always had a strong commitment to kids and the enrichment of their education. As we move forward, and as current economic stresses make it more challenging, we are finding ways to encourage children, families and their caregivers to share in this experience at our unique environment."

January 05, 2012: Cohen Gallery Opening Reception Photos Posted

On Wednesday evening, January 4, we opened our new Cohen Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art to a crowd of invited guests, and we'd posted some of the photos from that event on our Flickr page. Click here to go directly to that Set, or click on the Flickr icon at the bottom of each of our Web pages to visit our photostream.

The posted photos are relatively low resolution. If you'd like a higher res version of one of them, please let us know at michael.anderson@readingpublicmuseum.org.


January 09, 2012: Local Artists Featured at Atrium Cafe

The Reading Public Museum is featuring and selling the work of local artists in The Museum Shop, continuing with Wyomissing, PA resident, Joanne Davis van Roden. Van Roden’s watercolor paintings will be on display beginning Tuesday, January 17, 2012 in the Atrium Café adjacent to the Shop, where they can be purchased. Currently, the work of another Wyomissing resident, Stephanie Rado Taormina, is being featured in this “Artists Among Us” series, and will remain on exhibit through Sunday, January 15.

Joanne Davis van Roden graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in English. Although painting had been her hobby, she didn’t receive formal training until later in life, when she took classes at Kutztown University. Joanne continued her studies with well-known artists like Frank Webb, Howard Watson, Judi Betts, Skip Lawrence, Charles Reid and Jack Coggins.

“Capturing my perceptions of the world around me with watercolor has been an exciting and challenging journey,” said van Roden.

Joanne’s paintings have been exhibited at the Reading Area Community College, Penn State University Berks Campus, Wyomissing Institute and the Berks Art Alliance Juried show and the Reading Public Museum (where she received several purchase awards). Van Roden is a member of the Berks Art Alliance and the Pennsylvania Society of Watercolor Painters.

Stephanie Rado Taormina has been involved in the art and design world for the more than 20 years. After receiving her B.A. from Penn State University in 1987, she earned an additional B.A. in Fashion Design and Art at Parsons School of Design in 1990. In the years to follow, Stephanie worked on NYC’s 7th Ave, created and managed her own home furnishings company, and designed interiors for numerous private residences and corporations. In March 2011, Stephanie relocated her art and design operation to her private studio and gallery in Wyomissing, PA. She is also a contributing designer with Interior Environments in Reading, PA.

The Museum will continue offering the work of various artists in The Museum Shop, featuring a new one approximately every six weeks. Other local artists who would like to be considered for this program should contact The Museum at  info@readingpublicmuseum.org.

The Museum Shop and The Atrium Café are located in the Atrium (Ground Floor) and are open during regular Reading Public Museum hours — Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.

January 21, 2012: Mmmm. Girl Scout Cookie Kickoff!

On Saturday, January 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., join us and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania as we help kick off the 2012 Cookie Season!

Enjoy creative activities and the creative collections and exhibitions -- all with a "girl power" theme. FREE admission for all Girl Scouts in uniform and no pre-registration! (regular admission for other visitors)

Fore more up-to-date info, click here for a downloadable flier (PDF), and/or follow @GSEPThinMints and visit www.GSEPThinmints.blogspot.com




January 13, 2012: Nefrina Reunited With Mask!

After 82 years, the Reading Public Museum’s resident 2,300 year-old mummy, Nefrina, will come face-to-face with her funerary mask when it is on public display in The Museum’s Ancient Civilizations Gallery beginning Thursday, January 19, 2012. The cartonnage mask, made of a mixture of linen, plaster, papyrus, other pliable materials and covered in gold leaf, is on loan from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology where it has been stored since 1893 when the coffin, mask and mummy set was acquired from antiques dealer Emil Brugsch Bey.

It will be on temporary display (through January 2013) as part of The Museum’s Nefrina’s World focus exhibition, also containing Nefrina’s mummy, coffin, coffin lid, insights into the world in which she lived and a forensic facial reconstruction by artist Frank Bender (unveiled here in 2010).

Scott Schweigert, The Museum’s curator of art and civilization said, “We’ve been actively working to reunite Nefrina and her headpiece since at least 1993, and are very happy that it is finally happening. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology have created a special mount for it, and it will be an important complement to our popular exhibition. It’s not to be missed.”

Nefrina lived approximately 250 BC, and made her journey to the Reading Public Museum in 1930, on loan from the University of Pennsylvania — later purchased by the Museum in 1949. In the intervening 82 years, she has achieved rock star status with generations of school students and visitors. Her mummy has been X-rayed in 1948 and 1972, and CAT scans were made in 2003 at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center.

During the First Intermediate Period and the early Middle Kingdom, the head of the mummy began to be protected with a cartonnage mask placed over the wrappings. These were meant to represent the deceased — in this particular case an idealized, rather than an individualized image of Nefrina. It was made with several layers of linen glued together and shaped in a mold. The resulting shell was usually coated on one side with gesso, a smooth medium well-suited to detailed painting and gold leafing.

Egyptians believed that the spirit or ba survived death and could leave the confines of a tomb. The cartonnage mask therefore provided the means for the returning ba to recognize its host, whose face was hidden by layers of bandage.

January 19, 2012: Arboretum Assistants Need Assistance

The holidays are over and the winter doldrums are upon us. Fortunately spring with its promise of warmth, color, and newness of life is only several weeks away. With that in mind, the Reading Public Museum Arboretum Committee is preparing to greet our returning Arboretum Assistants and welcome new participants to the Museum Arboretum program.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

January 19, 2012: Reading's Favorite Mummy in the News

Move over, Kate! Our famous mummy, Nefrina, made the news this week when her burial mask was delivered to The Museum to be on temporary display.

Check her out on WFMZ Channel 69 Berks Edition: http://www.wfmz.com/news/Mummy-delivered-to-Reading-museum/-/121458/8309934/-/73a4oy/-/index.html and the Reading Eagle: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=360015, and BCTV.org: http://www.bctv.org/special_reports/arts/reading-public-museum-s-mummy-nefrina-is-reunited-with-her/article_8cd60cf0-3e29-11e1-959a-0019bb2963f4.html

Here's a link to last week's article, also in the Eagle: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=358921

Thanks to the folks in local media for covering this historic event!

January 27, 2012: Night IN The Museum - Cub Scout Sleepover

This Friday, Jan. 27, Cub Scouts (Wolf, Bear, Webelos I & II), can enjoy a night at The Museum and Planetarium! Sleepover will include a planetarium show, a "candleight tour" of the galleries, light snack and continental breakfast.

Sleepovers are staffed by The Museum in addition to 24-hour Museum Security. One chaperone for every 10 scouts is required. Open to scouts and scout leaders. Minimum must be met to run the program.

Cost: $35 per scout / $20 per parent.

For more info and to register, click here.




January 28, 2012: Last Day - Don't Miss It!

Our "American Impressionism" show ends at 5 p.m. this Sunday, so catch it before it's too late! Recent great comments from "impressed" blog-writers:

Fine Living Lancaster - http://fllmag.com/Features/ReadingMuseum.html

Philip Koch Paintings - http://philipkochpaintings.blogspot.com/


February 02, 2012: Michael Craig-Martin Exhibition Now Open in Cove Gallery

"Michael Craig-Martin: Drawings" includes more than 30 drawings of subjects from ordinary life, which Craig-Martin portrays using a mechanical line.

This exhibition was selected from a recent exhibition organized by Alan Cristea Gallery, London. His work is in collections of the MoMA in New York City and the Tate Gallery in London. He was recently commissioned to create a poster for the 2012 London Olympics. His work is represented by Alan Cristea Gallery, London, and Gagosian Gallery, New York, and his sculptures are exhibited at the NewArtCentre, Roche Court, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Mr. Craig-Martin is best known for using his "universal language." He uses simple things to describe complex ideas about form and purpose. Like Claes Oldenburg, everyday objects sustain iconic meaning as Mr. Craig-Martin manipulates material and scale to maximum impact.

Mr. Craig Martin was born in Dublin in 1941, but grew up in Northeast Washington, D.C. He studied fine art at Yale University where he enrolled in the course designed by Josef Albers, the noted Bauhaus color theorist. A key figure in the first generation of British conceptual artists, he was a professor at Goldsmith's College, where he trained many of the YBA (Young British Artists), such as Damien Hirst and Gary Hume.

This exhibition was recently presented at The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, which is the professional showcase for art at George Washington University. Luther W. Brady, the gallery's namesake and benefactor, is a world-renowned oncologist based in Philadelphia, who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at GW and serves on the Reading Public Museum's Foundation Board.

February 18, 2012: Theresienstadt Survivor to Speak Here on Opening Weekend

Inge Auerbacher, a survivor of the Theresienstadt (Terezin) ghetto, author, and inspirational speaker will be a special guest at the Opening Reception for the Reading Public Museum’s new exhibition, Theresienstadt’s Children and Their Art, on Saturday, February 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. (Havdalah Service in the Atrium at 6:30 p.m.) Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. This reception is presented by Hair On The Avenue, and the cost is $15 for Members and $20 for Non-Members. Please RSVP (either or both events) to lauren.mccarroll@readingpublicmuseum.org or by calling 610-371-5850 x264.

The next morning, Sunday, February 19, 11 a.m., Auerbacher will present a special “Members-Only” video showing of The Olympic Doll in The Museum’s auditorium (doors will open at 10:30 that morning). The film tells the story of Inge and her doll, “Marlene,” with whom she survived her ordeal at Theresienstadt. The doll has since been donated to The Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. Following the film, Auerbacher will be joined by Oded Breda, Director of Beit Theresienstadt, Israel, for a discussion and presentation. This presentation is limited to the first 100 people who RSVP and pay in advance ($5, Museum Members only). Please RSVP to lauren.mccarroll@readingpublicmuseum.org or by calling 610-371-5850 x264.

As a Holocaust survivor, Inge’s spirit and achievements are truly remarkable. She was born in Germany and spent three years between 7-10 years of age in the Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp in what is now the Czech Republic. She remembers when the now-famous children’s opera, Brundibár, was first written and performed while she was in Terezin. Auerbacher tells her life story in three books; I Am a Star: Child of the Holocaust, Beyond the Yellow Star to America, and Finding Dr. Schatz: The Discovery of Streptomycin and a Life It Saved. Inge has also reached out to the African-American community by writing about her friends, Mary and Martha DeSaussure (pioneering track stars of Brooklyn) in her third book, Running Against the Wind. She will have copies of her books available at The Museum on Sunday for sale and signing.

The exhibition, Theresienstadt’s Children and Their Art, continues through May 13, 2012 and features more than 30 objects from the Beit Theresienstadt Holocaust Museum, Archive and Educational Center in Israel. The works, including collages, drawings, embroidery, dolls, diaries, magazines, games, and marionettes, were created by children at the Theresienstadt ghetto.

This exhibition is presented by Vist Financial and is part of The Theresienstadt Project, a collaborative educational effort among the Reading Public Museum, the Reading Symphony Orchestra, and the Jewish Federation of Reading. Additional support and related programming can be found by clicking here.


February 16, 2012: The Museum Featured on WFMZ-TV "One Tank Trip"

"Theresienstadt's Children and Their Art," our new exhibition opening this weekend, was the focus of WFMZ - TV 69's weekly segment, "One Tank Trip." Click here to see Karin Mallett's comments and interview with Scott Schweigert.

February 19, 2012: Inge Auerbacher Reads "I Am a Star"

During her visit to The Museum as we opened the exhibition, "Theresienstadt's Children and Their Art," Theresienstadt survivor Inge Auerbacher gave us a special reading of her original poem from her book, "I Am a Star: Child of the Holocaust."

Visit our YouTube channel (click here) to hear this poem, recorded on February 17, 2011.


February 24, 2012: Floyd Final Friday Tonight!

On Friday, February 24, enjoy exciting full-dome digital visuals set to the music of classic rock acts!

Tonight's lineup includes:

  7 p.m. - SonicVision (various rock groups)
  8 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
  9 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
10 p.m. - Pink Floyd: The Wall

Prices for each digital Music Show are $5 for Members and $7 for Non-Members. Tickets are available at The Planetarium starting at 6 p.m. the night of the Show.


March 02, 2012: Members-Only Opening this Friday

On Friday, March 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Museum Members are invited to join us for the Opening Reception of two new exhibitions -- The Prints of Andy Warhol and Jim Dine: Glyptotek.

$15 Members Only - Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Enjoy a Curator's Top Five Talk in the galleries. Registration is preferred. Click here for registration info.

March 03, 2012: This Saturday's Lecture Postponed

We're sorry to say that the lecture scheduled for this Saturday, March 3rd (at 2 p.m.) with Eric Shiner, Director of the Andy Warhol Museum, has been postponed until a later date. We will post the new date as soon as it becomes available.

February 29, 2012: Arboretum In the News

Aired on  WFMZ 69 News Berks Edition on Wednesday, February 28, Arboretum Assitants Chair and Mater Gardener Gerry Gobright talks to reporter Pam Cunningham in our renovated greenhouse about the need for volunteers for the 2012 season. Click here to watch!

March 09, 2012: Tanks a Lot!

The Museum was again featured on WFMZ-TV's "One Tank Trip" on Wednesday, March 7. Click here to see Karin Mallet's fun and informative segment on the current Andy Warhol exhibition!


March 10, 2012: New Education Team Featured in the News

The Reading Eagle's Don Spatz recently published a story on the changes you'll see here in the coming months as a result of our new Education team, Wendy and Joel. Read all about it by clicking here.

March 12, 2012: Our Warhol Exhibition in Philly News

On Sunday, March 11, Edward J. Sozanski, Contributing Art Critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, reviewed the Andy Warhol exhibition at the Reading Public Museum. Click Here to read the article.

March 25, 2012: Bagels, Bach & Beyond - Jazz at The Museum!

This Sunday, March 25 from 10-noon, join us for light breakfast and live music in the Atrium! Today's performance features extremely talented jazz musicians David Cullen (guitar) and Tony Miceli (Vibes) presenting a unique performance in honor of the 22nd annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest, which kicks off this weekend. Top notch performers in a beautiful venue -- don't miss it!

Admission to Bagels, Bach & Beyond is $30 for Non-Members and $20 for Members and includes light breakfast, the concert and admission to the Museum after the show. Limited seating – pre-registration is suggested. Click here for a registration flier (PDF) or call 610-371-5850 x264.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m.  Sponsored by Alvernia University.


March 22, 2012: Museum Summer Camp Starts This Week!

Exciting hands-on activities in science, art, and history inspire campers to make fascinating discoveries, ask curious questions, and delve into the depths of creativity. Experienced camp leaders create a safe and engaging program in which campers can learn and have fun, too!

The Museum Summer Camp offers programs for children from ages 4-11 years. There are three themes for which campers can sign up: Little Explorers, for our 4-5-year-old campers,will have a half-day programming that brings together fun hands-on activities in art, science, and history. Earth Adventurers, for our 1st-5th graders, will explore the ecosystems, discover how birds fly, and paint with the colors of the planet. Inventive Imaginers, also for our 1st-5th graders, will focus on invention and innovation and will test their creativity in many ways including designing and building!

Museum Summer Camp runs from June 4 to August 31, with various 1-week sessions based on themes and age groups. The camp day begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. (except 4 & 5 yrs.) Campers need only bring a lunch & snack each day. Class sizes are limited to assure individual instruction and appropriate supervision.

Spaces are limited and filling up fast, so book your place today!

Click here for Brochure and Registration sheet. For more information, call Joel Weber at 610-371-5850 x227 or e-mail: joel.weber@readingpublicmuseum.org

Interested in Volunteering? Click here for Volunteer Application Form.

Curriculum development supported by the Bruce and Renée Dietrich Endowment Fund.



March 30, 2012: Albright Brightens "Jazz Under the Stars"

By Friday, March 30, the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest will soon be full swing and The Museum is celebrating with a party “under the stars” with the stars at The Neag Planetarium. Start off your weekend early in an unmatched environment — right across the street from the Scottish Rite Cathedral, and near major hotels, venues, and downtown Reading. This unique event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and is open to the public -- you'll have plenty of time to catch more jazz shows that evening.

Tickets are is $30 each, and are available by downloading, filling out and returning the registration form (click here) or by contacting lauren.mccarroll@readingpublicmuseum.org, or by calling 610-371-5850 x264.

While listening to the music of the Dave Posmontier Trio, you'll enjoy wine, light refreshments, and visually stunning images on the dome above. The Neag Planetarium theatre and large lobby will be set up party-style, with tables (seated and standing), auditorium style seating, and plenty of room to mingle. Plus, in the lobby, guests will be able to see the musicians in action on the digital screens.

Dave Posmontier has been playing piano since the age of seven and has being playing professionally for the past 40 years. A pianist, composer, arranger and teacher, he has performed and recorded with many jazz artists including Christian McBride, James Moody, Chris Potter, Duane Eubanks, Mickie Roker, Bobbie Durham, John Blake, John Swana, and many more. Joining Dave will be noted musicians bassist Chico Huff and drummer Erik Johnson, no strangers to the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest.

Stopping in for a few tunes with the trio will be internationally famous saxophonist Gerald Albright. Albright’s love of music also started at a young age when he began taking piano lessons, but really took off when he picked up his piano teacher’s saxophone for the first time. Now, with nine CDs and one collaboration CD, he has sold over 1,000,000 albums in the U.S. alone. His music, which features him on bass guitar, keyboards, flutes, drum programming, and background vocals, is all self-produced. Not only was Albright’s music nominated for several Grammy Awards, but he was also one of the 10 featured saxophonists at President Clinton’s inauguration.

In addition, Museum Members will also be offered a special discount on the “New Faces of Jazz” concert featuring Anat Cohen Quartet and Eldar at the Miller Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets (normally $35) will be discounted to $25 for Museum Members. Members who are interested in receiving the special discount code needed for ordering via Ticketmaster (online, by phone or at the Sovereign Center box office) can contact anna.spangler@readingpublicmuseum.org or 610-371-5850 x228.

With all the musicians in town during the Fest, who knows who else might stop by to jam?

Sponsored by Heyco Metals and Brentwood Industries.

CLICK HERE for more info.





April 02, 2012: Noontime Knowledge on Tuesday!

Join us at noon this Tuesday, April 3, for "Always Leave Them Wanting Less."

Feed your imagination -- and your appetite -- with a lecture or talk on a variety of fascinating topics in science, art and more. Plus, now you can pick up lunch (or pre-order) at our Atrium Café.

 "Always Leave Them Wanting Less" - Selby Doughty

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April 03, 2012: Extra Star Shows for Spring Break!

This week, Tuesday, April 3 - Friday, April 6, The Neag Planetarium at the Reading Public Museum is celebrating Spring Break by adding extra daily shows.

Check out the lineup:
11:00 a.m. – Legends of the Night Sky
12:00 p.m. – Astronaut
1:00 p.m. – In My Backyard
2:00 p.m. – Realm of Light
3:00 p.m. – Tales of the Maya Skies
4:00 p.m. – 2012: The End of the World? NOT!

Prices: $7 Adults (18-59); $5 Seniors/Children/Students w/ID; FREE for Children 3 and under and Museum Members

April 08, 2012: Easter at The Museum

No outdoor egg hunt this Sunday, April 8, but children of Museum Members and paid visitors, ages 1 through 17, visiting The Museum or Planetarium on Easter Sunday will receive their chance to pick an Easter Egg filled with candy. Some eggs will include small prizes! Eggs are in limited supply; first come first served.

In addition, Museum Members and paid visitors can participate in a special indoor Easter scavenger hunt, searching throughout the many exhibits in The Museum for items on a checklist (available at the Admissions desk). Children who turn in a successfully complete list will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize — a week at Museum Summer Camp (for children ages 4 through fifth grade).

As always, take a stroll in our beautiful Arboretum and take pictures in your Easter Best!

Event Time: 12 - 3 p.m.



April 08, 2012: Noted Sculptor's Works Now on Display

Two works by noted African-American sculptor, Selma Burke, are now on display in the Reading Public Museum’s newly renovated and expanded Cohen Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art. The pieces — a marble bust of a young girl and a wooden mother and child — are on a two-year loan to The Museum courtesy of Anselene Morris and Frederick Toone Bacon.

Born in 1900 in Mooresville, North Carolina, Selma Burke’s work was never fully acknowledged. As a child, she liked to whittle and model in clay but her mother insisted she get an education for a “career.” She was educated at Slater Industrial and State Normal School, now Winston-Salem State University; St. Agnes School of Nursing, Raleigh; and Women’s Medical College, Philadelphia.In 1924, she moved to New York where she worked as a nurse. But art was her calling, and she continued to work as an artist. Her accomplishments were so great that in 1935, she earned a Rosenwald Foundation Fellowship, and in 1936, a Boehler Foundation Fellowship. Both awards allowed her to travel to Europe where she studied ceramics with Povoleny in Vienna and sculpture with Maillol in Paris.

In 1941, Burke completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at Columbia University. At the age of 70, she completed a Doctorate in Arts and Letters at Livingstone College, Salisbury, North Carolina. Selma was influenced by, among others, Henri Matisse, painter, and Frank Lloyd Wright, architect. In 1944, President Roosevelt posed for the artist and her completed bronze plaque was unveiled by President Harry S. Truman in 1945. It can be seen at the Recorder of Deeds Building in Washington, D.C.; the image was also used on the American ten cent piece (dime). Since the coin bears the initials of the engraver, John Sinnock, Selma Burke has never received proper credit for the portrait.

In 1949, she married Herman Kobbe and moved to New Hope, Pennsylvania where she continued to work on her sculpture and tutor artists. Selma was a great lover and supporter of the arts. In 1968, she was the founder of the Selma Burke Art Center in Pittsburgh, and remained an administrator there until 1981, when she returned to her home and studio in New Hope.

Burke was an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a non-profit Greek-lettered sorority of college-educated women who perform public service and place emphasis on the African American community. She received many other awards and honors. Other examples of her work can be viewed in the Metropolitan and Whitney museums.

At the age of 80, in 1980, Burke produced her last monumental work, a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr., that graces Marshall Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. She died in 1995 in Newton, Pennsylvania. She had been working to complete a sculpture of civil rights activist Rosa  Parks.


April 14, 2012: Gustav Oberlaender's 1936 Movies - TODAY!

Join us on Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. for a showing of the historic Oberlaender movies. In 1936, Gustav Oberlaender and his wife traveled to Europe on the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary and returned three months later on the airship Hindenburg. He took movies of these dramatic voyages and of his visits in 1936 Germany.

Oberlaender’s movies capture many scenes demonstrating Nazi propaganda, such as the Berlin Olympic Games, highly decorated downtown Berlin, the newly opened German autobahn, a parade in Munich with horses and historic military uniforms and a massive Hitler rally in Frankfurt with shots of Hitler and a dozen marching youth groups.  Other historic scenes relate to General and President Hindenburg’s residence, a World War I monument where he was buried, and Oberlaender’s birthplace in the  “millionaires” town of Dueren, Germany.

George Edmonds, who recently authored a book on 12 archaeological objects that came from Oberlaender to The Museum, will introduce and then show and narrate the movies.

$20 per Member / $30 per Non-Member

April 19, 2012: Bus Trip to the U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum This Week!

A few seats left! Join us this Thursday, April 19, for a day of education and reflection as we visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. During our trip, you'll also receive an exclusive opportunity to view the Simulcast of the National Remembrance Day Commemoration Ceremony held at the U.S. Capitol.

This trip is $90 for Members and $100 for Non-Members and includes round trip transportation, admission to the Museum and simulcast of the Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration Ceremony, and lunch at the Museum Café.

For more information, menu selections and registration form click here, or call Wendy at 610-371-5850 x223, or e-mail at wendy.koller@readingpublicmuseum.org.


April 19, 2012: Yom Hashoah Remembrance & Memorial Service Tonight

Thursday, April 19, 7-9 p.m. in The Neag Planetarium, a re-broadcast of the landmark concert event, Will to Create, Will To Create, Will to Live: The Music of Terezín – Nash Ensemble & Wolfgang Holzmair, baritone will be shown.

This event is free to everyone, and a Memorial Candlelighting will immediately follow the concert. It's a part of The Theresienstadt Project, and complements our current exhibition, Theresienstadt's Children and Their Art.

Nash Ensemble: Stephanie Gonley, violin; Laura Samuel, violin; Lawrence Power, viola; Paul Watkins, cello; Wolfgang Holzmair, baritone; Russell Ryan, piano

Will To Create, Will to Live: The Music of Terezín is a dynamic interdisciplinary series that reveals the significance of Terezín—a transition camp/ghetto in occupied Bohemia during World War II—in which, despite Nazi terror, great art, music and educational activity flourished.


April 21, 2012: Spring Plant Sale - Earth Day This Saturday

Own your own piece of The Museum grounds! Plants from The Museum's landscape beds plus other nursery plants and books from our collection will be available for sale. Visitors will be able to browse the plants and books to the music of Jeffrey Beavais who be providing live entertainment for the event.

Also, talk with members of local green organizations and Master Gardeners and pick up valuable information. All proceeds benefit the Arboretum at the Reading Public Museum.

Saturday, April 21 - 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Rain or shine.


April 27, 2012: Floyd Final Friday This Week!

Enjoy exciting full-dome digital visuals set to the music of classic rock acts like Pink Floyd.

This Friday's lineup includes:

  7 p.m. - SonicVision (various rock groups)
  8 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
  9 p.m. - Pink Floyd: The Wall
10 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here

Prices for each digital Music Show are $5 for Members and $7 for Non-Members. Tickets are available at The Planetarium starting at 6 p.m. the night of the Show.

May 01, 2012: Noontime Knowledge This Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 1 at noon, feed your imagination -- and your appetite -- with a lecture or talk on a variety of fascinating topics in science, art and more.

Theresienstadt's Children and Their Art - Scott Schweigert, Curator of Art & Civilization

Free with Museum admission (Members free).



May 08, 2012: New Sculpture Unveiled This Week!

On Tuesday, May 8, the Reading Public Museum unveiled its latest temporary addition to The Museum grounds. The fabricated bronze sculpture LEXEME IX (aka 9/11), created by renowned artist Bill Barrett in 2006, stands 9’6” H x 6’6” W x 5’ D.  During its two-year loan from the artist’s collection, the sculpture is located on the banks of the Wyomissing Creek in front of The Museum, along the path that winds throughout the Arboretum. The sculpture, as well as other sculptures in the LEXEME series, was created as a means to commemorate the tragic events of 9/11, and was previously on display in Finn Park Square in Tribeca, New York City. In addition, a cast bronze maquette (small-scale preliminary model) of the sculpture will be on display in the Cohen Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Bill Barrett was in attendance for the official unveiling ceremony, which took place on Tuesday, May 8, at 1:30 p.m. at The Museum.

This is the second of two Barrett sculptures displayed on The Museum grounds. In 2007, the fabricated bronze sculpture, EFFLORESCENCE II, was donated to The Museum by Shirley Boscov, and is now located in the Arboretum near the corner of Museum Road and Parkside Drive North.

As the son of an artist, art was always a part of Barrett’s life, but was avoided almost entirely until his college years when he finally acknowledged his skill for art. He studied and earned his MFA at the University of Michigan School of Art and then moved to New York to further his career. His unique sculptures have been influenced by artists such as Rodin, Picasso, Gorky, Moore and David Smith.

Through the years, Barrett has been known primarily for his works in bronze and aluminum. His art is represented in over 40 museum and university collections, including several major outdoor commissions for public sculpture, and in 1986, he won the Reynolds Memorial Award for “outstanding aluminum sculpture by an American artist.”

Here's the link to arts writer and videographer Ron Schira's on-the-scene interview with the artist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gq-YlFotCJc



May 04, 2012: 2012 Gala Photos Now Available!

To those of you who made our annual Gala a success, a huge thanks! Photos taken by our roving photographer are now available for viewing/downloading/ordering prints through our Flickr® account. For a slide show of available photos, log onto http://www.flickr.com/photos/readingpublicmuseum/sets/72157629963435515/show/ or to download/order, see http://www.flickr.com/photos/readingpublicmuseum/sets/72157629963435515/

For a free download, click on the desired photo, click on "actions" from the menu, then click on "all sizes" from the new menu. You'll be able to choose from a variety of file sizes from which to download.

If you open a free Flickr account, you'll also have an option to order prints via their Snapfish service. The "order prints" icon will then appear above your selected photo.

August 21, 2012: RPM Business Breakfast on Tuesday!

Join us for breakfast before work in one of our unique gallery spaces. Chat with John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO, network with other business professionals and learn about the Museum's collection all while enjoying hot coffee and a light breakfast. Don't miss your most important meal of the day!

Next Breakfast - Tuesday, August 21 - 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Arms and Armor Gallery

Curator of Art and Civilization, Scott Schweigert, will give you a "mini-tour"  of this recently renovated popular Gallery.

Free for Reading Area Business professionals with your company business card. Contact
lauren.mccarroll@reaingpublicmuseum.org or call 610-371-5850 x264 to RSVP.

Sponsored by Weidenhammer Systems Corporation.


May 12, 2012: Today is Last Day for Theresienstadt Exhibition

Due to its overwhelming popularity (as well as interest stirred by the the recent successful performance of the Hans Krasa children’s opera, Brundibár, on May 6), the exhibition, Theresienstadt’s Children and Their Art, currently on view, has been extended two weeks through today, Sunday, May 27, 2012. (The Museum is Closed on Memorial Day)

Following its run here, this exhibition will travel to the Philadelphia Free Library on Logan Square and the Ben Franklin Parkway by the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation (PHRF) as their first exhibition, where it will be on display this Fall from September to November.

Rachel Lithgow, Executive Director of the PHRF stated: “We are thrilled to receive this exhibition from the Reading Public Museum. It has been so well received during its run in Reading, and the RPM’s commitment to its extension and helping us move it to Free Library in Philadelphia shows our commitment to ‘out of the box’ exhibits and cross partnership across the region.”



June 02, 2012: "Sweet Salvation" Now Open!

This exciting exhibition features artist Jiawei Gong's unique Sweet Salvation installation. He uses traditional Tibetan sand mandala-making techniques to create a modern symbol, but instead of using sand Gong uses various types of sugar. You'll be able to watch as he creates this modern symbol inside The Museum, as well as see videos of him at work when he's not on the premises. For more info, click here.

June 05, 2012: Local Mosaic Artist's Works on Display in the Atrium Cafe

As part of the “Artists Among Us” series, The Reading Public Museum is featuring and selling the work of local artists in The Museum Shop, continuing with Shillington, Pa. resident, Heidi Schweitzer. Examples of her mosaic art will be on display beginning Tuesday, June 5, 2012 in the Atrium Café adjacent to the Shop, where they can be purchased.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Philadelphia in 1984, Heidi worked in the graphic design field briefly then took time off to raise her children. “I dabbled in many art forms but didn’t really hear my calling until my kids were new adults and my creative energy was exploding,” said Schweitzer. “I tried tiles and other mediums but soon settled on glass. The colors, textures, patterns and techniques are all things that have inspired me to continue on and learn more about mosaic art.”

Hand-cut glass, odd finds, metals, marbles, etc. lend a unique aspect to each piece. With the expertise of her husband Dale and his grandfather’s wood shop tools, each piece is hand built, utilizing reclaimed wood and glass as often as possible. Their work includes tables, frames, trays, and back splashes, as well as custom projects.

The Museum will continue offering the work of various artists in The Museum Shop, featuring a new one approximately every six weeks. Other local artists who would like to be considered for this program should contact The Museum at  info@readingpublicmuseum.org.




June 05, 2012: "Toothpick World" Now Open!

You'll be amazed by this fascinating hand-constructed world of famous buildings and towers, which is made entirely of toothpicks and glue. During opening week, you've watched artist Stan Munro assemble a scaled, toothpick version of the Eiffel Tower. Through the end of year visit The Museum to see it, along with over 50 of Munro's amazing works. For more information, click here.

June 10, 2012: FREE Pops Concert on Father's Day

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, bring Dad and the family to enjoy the the wonderful music of the Reading Pops Orchestra in the annual FREE concert "under the Linden tree" in our Arboretum. Sponsored by the Reading Musical Foundation, the rain location is the Wilson Middle School West (located behind Green Valley Country Club). Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets!

This performance is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Also, that's the last day for the popular The Prints of Andy Warhol exhibition, so be sure to check that out before it's "atta here"! Or, check out one of the shows at The Neag Planetarium -- You'll have time to see either the the 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. show, and still have time for the concert. (Regular admission fees apply for The Museum and The Neag Planetarium - Members free) The Museum opens at noon on Sundays.



June 19, 2012: William Baziotes Honored with Special Display

The Reading Public Museum is pleased to announce a centennial celebration of renowned artist William Baziotes in the Cohen Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art. Baziotes, who spent his formative years in Reading, Pennsylvania, would have been 100 years old this month.

On view through mid-July are three of Baziotes’ oil paintings from the early 1940s through the 1950s: Untitled, (Sailboat), from the 1950s, a recent gift (2008) from Marguerite and H. F. (Gerry) Lenfest;  Moon Forms, 1947, a promised gift to The Museum from Irv and Lois Cohen; and Untitled, (Girl on Beach),1941, a 1965 gift from Mr. and Mrs. James Mantis. Also included in the display are several recent gifts (2012) to The Museum from Mrs. Ethel Baziotes, widow of the artist, consisting of the artist’s original painting easel, a group of paint brushes, his “lucky painting shoes” and his horn-rimmed eyeglasses with case.

Scott Schweigert, The Museum’s curator of art and civilization remarked that “These personal items, along with fine representative paintings from Baziotes’ career, will provide visitors with unique insight into his life as an artist and his enduring legacy here in Reading, Pennsylvania.”

Born in Pittsburgh in 1912, William Baziotes moved with his family to Reading in 1913 when he was a year old. His parents were Greek immigrants who came there for business opportunities. The family ran a successful restaurant and bakery in the city. For a time, his father was a partner in the Crystal Restaurant on the 500 block of Penn Street in Reading. Baziotes also worked at J. M. Kase & Company, a stained glass manufacturer in the city from 1931 to 1933.

The artist moved to New York in 1933 on the recommendation of friend and Reading poet Byron Vazakas. He enrolled in classes at the National Academy of Design and absorbed influences of European modernism including Surrealism before adopting his mature abstract style.

His major breakthrough came in the mid 1940s, when he gained a reputation among fellow Abstract Expressionists in New York such as Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning. Beginning in the late 1940s, The Museum of Modern Art and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, The Art Institute in Chicago, and other major institutions acquired works by the artist. Baziotes taught at New York University, The Brooklyn Museum of Art School, and Hunter College in New York. The artist died in June, 1963.

July 04, 2012: Museum & Planetarium Closed July 4

In honor of Independence Day, The Museum and The Neag Planetarium will not be open on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Best wishes for a great holiday!

June 27, 2012: Dinos on TV!

Check out WFMZ's newscast on our new exhibition, opening Sunday, July 1: "Dinosaurs: T-Rex Face-to-Face."   http://www.wfmz.com/news/Dinosaurs-come-alive-in-exhibit-at-Reading-Public-Museum/-/121458/15285880/-/90h3ubz/-/index.html  Nicely done, Pam!

July 02, 2012: Paid Attendance Record Set for Dinosaurs Opening Day

On Sunday, July 1, we welcomed more than 1,000 people for the opening of the new exhibition, Dinosaurs: T-Rex Face-to-Face. Visitors were lined up outside The Museum before the “Members Only” early preview at 11 a.m., and again at noon for the general public. Families enjoyed the huge, dynamic animatronic dinosaurs as well as the additional hands-on activities for kids.

“We’re very pleased at the fantastic turnout, and are confident that attendance will continue to be strong throughout the summer,” said John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO. “It’s exciting, educational, and a great way for families to share a unique experience – one they’ll never forget.”

Dinosaurs: T-Rex Face-to-Face, continues through Monday, September 3, 2012. Visitors see huge, life-like, cutting-edge animatronic versions of dinosaurs — each outfitted with cameras, sensors and artificial intelligence — react to their every mood. They will travel back in time 67 million years to explore the world of the cretaceous period when the infamous T.rex roamed the earth. It is sure to be a heart-pounding encounter and amaze anyone who comes near.

Families can also enjoy a “Dinosaur Dig” for children, a special display of fossils and other specimens from The Museum’s own collection, as well as a historical timeline.

This exhibition was created by KumoTek Robotics in collaboration with Kokoro Dreams and Dynamite Films. The exhibition at the Reading Public Museum is made possible through the support of McDonald’s® and GiggleWorks.


July 23, 2012: Local Painter's Works on Display and Sale in The Museum Shop

As part of the “Artists Among Us” series, The Reading Public Museum is featuring and selling the work of local artists in The Museum Shop, continuing with Reading, Pa. resident, Donna Unger. Examples of her art will be on display beginning Tuesday, July 17, 2012 in the Atrium Café adjacent to the Shop, where they can be purchased.
Born in Havertown, Donna married and moved to Berks County in 1965. While raising her three children, she channeled her creative abilities into a career as a beautician. Her hobbies of breeding and showing Irish setters and quarter horses also reflected her artistic bent. In 2000, she began to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.

Unger has studied at the Institute of the Arts in Wyomissing, and has exhibited her work in the Berks Art Alliance Juried Show, Immaculata University Art Show, Birdsboro Friends of the Arts Show, The Reading Hospital Art Show, and Flatworks Kutztown Art Show. Her work is included in many private collections.

Donna’s paintings are a bold mixture of different media, design, color, line texture, and varied subject matter. She enjoys thinking and painting outside the box. Her painting and other art experiences have given her a chance to see things in a different light with a new awareness and meaning.

The Museum will continue offering the work of various artists in The Museum Shop, featuring a new one approximately every six weeks. Other local artists who would like to be considered for this program should contact The Museum at  info@readingpublicmuseum.org.

July 23, 2012: Attendence Records Hotter Than Ever!

Attendance figures at the Reading Public Museum are soaring this year, largely due to exciting exhibitions like The Prints of Andy Warhol and the recently opened Dinosaurs: T-Rex Face-to-Face. In fact, by July 7, 2012 total paid admissions for this year have already surpassed the entire previous year’s totals.

In addition, the previous high monthly total for paid attendance at The Museum was in March, 2006 during the exhibitions Keith Haring: Journey of the Radiant Baby, and Robotics. At the end of the first week of July, 2012, that total for the entire month was already exceeded.

“People love it! It’s a great way for families to escape the heat and share a heart-pounding experience they’ll never forget,” said John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO. “The combination of Dinosaurs, Toothpick World and all of our updated galleries is really bringing the public in, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we doubled, or even tripled, last year’s attendance.”

Dinosaurs: T-Rex Face-to-Face
continues through Monday, September 3, 2012. Visitors see huge, realistic, cutting-edge robotic versions of dinosaurs — each outfitted with cameras, sensors and artificial intelligence — react to their every mood. They will travel back in time 67 million years to explore the world of the cretaceous period when the infamous T.rex roamed the earth.

Families can also enjoy a “Dinosaur Dig” for children, a special display of fossils and other specimens from The Museum’s own collection, as well as a historical timeline.

The Dinosaurs exhibition was created by KumoTek Robotics in collaboration with Kokoro Dreams and Dynamite Films. The exhibition at the Reading Public Museum is made possible through the support of McDonald’s® and GiggleWorks.


August 03, 2012: Bookasaurus Invades Museum This Friday!!

Touch a dinosaur tooth. Listen to dinosaur stories. Sing dinosaur songs. Make a dinosaur craft. Play dinosaur games. Tour the Bookasaurus. Enter to win dinosaur books. Come help celebrate the 10th anniversary of Berks County Public Libraries’ Bookasaurus and the Story Riders on the grounds of The Museum, on our parking lot near the Linden Tree -- this event is free to the public. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more information, call Berks County Public Libraries at 610-378-5260 x 2502 or 2515, or click here.






September 04, 2012: Noontime Knowledge Today!

On Tuesday, September 4 at noon, feed your imagination -- and your appetite -- with a lecture or talk on a variety of fascinating topics in science, art and more.

Today: The Secret Life of Bats - Dr. Karen Campbell

Free with Museum admission (Members free)
Food and beverages available at The Atrium Cafe

September 03, 2012: Museum Open Labor Day - Dinos' Last Day!

We'll be open on Monday, September 3, Labor Day, from noon until 4 p.m. (our usual holiday hours) — your last chance to see "Dinosaurs: T-Rex Face-to-Face" before it's extinct! It's also the last Monday we'll be open as we return to our normal "closed Mondays" schedule. Don's miss it!!!



September 05, 2012: "Artists Among Us" Features Barbara Thun

As part of the “Artists Among Us” series, The Reading Public Museum is featuring and selling the work of local artists in The Museum Shop, continuing with Sinking Spring, Pa. resident, Barbara Thun. Examples of her paintings are on display in the Atrium Café adjacent to the Shop, where they also can be purchased.

Receiving her BFA from Plymouth State College in 1983, Barbara Thun went on to become a member of the Phoenix gallery in Soho and exhibited there for three years before completing the MFA program at Bard College in 1989. She has exhibited widely in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, including The Currier Museum, Colby College, Anselm College, University of New Hampshire, Lehigh University, Northampton Community College, Muhlenberg College, Allentown Museum, Reading Public Museum, Penn State Berks, Reading Area Community College, The Freedman Gallery at Albright College, and the Fleisher Memorial in Philadelphia.

Barbara served as gallery director at Penn State Berks from 1989 to 1991. She was president of the Penn State Berks Fine Arts Council from 1992 to 1995, and chair of the “Landmarks” Outdoor Sculpture exhibition of 1997. From 1997 to 2000, Thun was president of the Friends of the Freedman Gallery at Albright College and served as chair of the Albright Fine Arts Commission. She is a past trustee of Albright College, and has been a member of the Reading Public Museum Foundation Board. She is currently a member of the GoggleWorks Community Art Center Board.

Barbara Thun: Elegy, is currently on display in The Museum’s Central Gallery through September 14, 2012. This exhibition is a three-part installation that employs multiple mediums, including poetry, photos and totems to reveal the narrative of family history.

In her artist’s statement, Thun said, “We exist in a precarious balance with all of nature. My work seeks to remind us of the overwhelming power and beauty of this world – and our insignificance. The power to destroy lies always just behind or below the surface of its beauty. My present work includes a tactile involvement with three dimensional natural forms and drawings that reflect a more abstract approach to the color and texture of the land – both mediums reflecting the mystery and power of the natural world.”

The Museum will continue offering the work of various artists in The Museum Shop, featuring a new one approximately every six weeks. Other local artists who would like to be considered for this program should contact The Museum at  info@readingpublicmuseum.org.


September 05, 2012: Museum Day Live! Free Admission to Participants

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, the Reading Public Museum will open its doors free of charge along with over 1,400 other participating venues for the eighth annual Museum Day Live! This immensely successful program, in which The Museum will emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities, encourages learning and the spread of knowledge nationwide.

Inclusive by design, Museum Day Live! fulfills Smithsonian Media’s mission to make cultural education accessible to everyone. For one day only, Reading Public Museum will grant free access to visitors who download a special Museum Day Live! ticket at Smithsonian.com. Last year’s event drew over 350,000 museum-goers, and this year’s Museum Day Live! is expected to attract close to 400,000 participants.

This day is especially significant because it is the special “RPM Goes Wild” Family Opening, celebrating the start of four new animal-themed exhibitions which run from September 29, 2012, through January 13, 2013. The Reading Public Museum continues the fascination with the animal kingdom generated by the overwhelming success of the recent Dinosaurs: T-Rex Face-to-Face with several new family friendly exhibitions (Animal Secrets, Predators, Animals in Art and Animals in Glass by Taylor Backes) and related programming. This opening day will include a special early preview for Members only at 10 a.m., a Members-only preview of Dynamic Earth in the Neag Planetarium at 10:30 a.m. (first 100 people), ongoing activities for children, and afternoon presentations in the Auditorium (1-2 p.m.) – on raptors (Hawk Mountain), sustainable landscaping (Mark Priebe of Wolf Run Landscapes) and permaculture design (Eron Lloyd, Reading Mayor’s Special Assistant for Policy and Sustainability and Managing Director for Permacultivate). Regular admission fees apply, and The Museum will be open to the general public at 11 a.m., plus a general public premiere of Dynamic Earth in the Neag Planetarium at 11:30 a.m.

The Museum Day Live! Ticket can be downloaded at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! Ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per e-mail address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2012 and a list of participating museums and cultural organizations, visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.

Smithsonian Media comprises of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, as well as Air & Space, goSmithsonian, Smithsonian Media Digital Network, and the Smithsonian Channel. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.



September 05, 2013: "Best of Berks" Voting Ends September 15!

Every year, the popular magazine, Berks County Living, conducts it “Best of Berks” contest. The voting for 2013 is underway and closes Sunday, September 15, and there are a few days left to help us again to be be known as the "Best Local Cultural Facility” (category #8) and/or "Best Family Fun Spot" (category #11) and/or "Best Kids' Birthday Party Place" (category #19) in Berks!

Please take a moment to click here and vote for The Reading Public Museum and for your favorites in other categories, as well! (Only one vote per computer will be accepted.)

Thanks so much for your continued support and for making us the #1 "Local Cultural Facility" in 2012.

September 18, 2012: New Armor Added to Our Arsenal

The Reading Public Museum is adding two new items to its newly redesigned and updated Arms and Armor Gallery, bringing a contemporary contrast and comparison to the numerous historical examples in its permanent collection. The Museum’s Arms and Armor Gallery was recently vetted by top scholars for historical accuracy and significance, and is a popular choice for school tours.

Thanks to the generous donation by Ceradyne, Inc., a worldwide leader in the development and production of advanced technical ceramics located in Costa Mesa, California, The Museum has added an Outer Tactical Vest (OTV) and a Seamless Ballistic Helmet® (SBH) to the Gallery display. In addition, Ceradyne has provided a second Vest for use by touring school groups, allowing students to actually try it on and experience the light weight comparison to the heaviness of ancient armor.

John Graydon Smith, Reading Public Museum’s director and CEO said, “Because of Ceradyne’s generous support, The Museum can now provide a hands-on experience for children that gives them the chance to learn about military protection from medieval times to the present. Kids will be especially thrilled with the opportunity to wear the real vest, and I’m sure this gallery will be a popular photo stop for families.”

The camouflage Outer Tactical Vest (OTV) protects against frag (fragmentation grenade), handgun and stabbing from a knife. When lightweight ceramic plates are worn in the vests, they offer armor-piercing protection, as well. The Seamless Ballistic Helmet® (SBH) utilizes Ceradyne Diaphorm’s creation of Proprietary Process Techniques for the molding of Continuous Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites. CFRTPC materials come in a variety of forms: raw tow, woven textile, braids, and uni-directional, or as pre-consolidated laminates made from co-mingled or pre-treated yarns. The resulting helmet is lighter, stronger, and performs at a much higher level, providing rifle protection.

Ceradyne’s vertically integrated manufacturing facilities produce advanced ceramic solutions for the most demanding applications in automotive/engine, oil & gas, nuclear power, solar, industrial, medical, electronic and defense industries.


November 10, 2012: Annual Fall Cleanup - Saturday, Nov. 10

Help “polish” one of Reading’s landmark jewels! The Reading Public Museum is looking for your help to join in the camaraderie of their annual Arboretum Fall Clean-Up Day. This event, organized by the Arboretum Committee, will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012, from 9 a.m. until noon (no scheduled rain date). Registration will start at 8 a.m. Last year’s event brought dozens of energetic volunteers together to help put The Museum’s award-winning grounds “to bed for the winter.”
 
Volunteers help groom the grounds (raking leaves, sweeping, picking up debris, etc.) and all levels of experience are welcome. Individuals, neighborhood and family groups, student groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, garden clubs, and church groups are encouraged to participate. Bring your leaf rake (if you have one) and enthusiasm… the committee will supply gardening gloves and refreshments.
 
Pre-register by calling 610-371-5850 ext. 239, and leaving your name and phone number no later than November 7. Or, e-mail Ken Heiser at ken.heiser@comcast.net. A downloadable PDF file of the registration form is available by clicking here.



September 24, 2012: "Artists Among Us" Features Morris Brooke

As part of the “Artists Among Us” series, The Reading Public Museum is featuring and selling the work of local artists in The Museum Shop, continuing with former Wyomissing, Pa. resident, Morris Brooke. Examples of his paintings of various fish (in keeping with the upcoming “Reading Public Museum Goes Wild” theme of animal-related exhibitions) will be on display beginning Tuesday, September 25, 2012 in the Atrium Café adjacent to the Shop, where they also can be purchased.

The artist, Morris Brooke (“Mo” to his friends) was born on a small dairy farm in Pottstown, PA. When he was 10 years old his parents sold the farm and the family moved to the Reading area, living for several years in a house at the corner of Wyomissing and Reading Boulevards in Wyomissing, Pa.  Mo and his older brother, George, went to Wyomissing High School for several years before going away to boarding school and eventually to Yale, and, in Mo’s case, to the Harvard Law School. Their parents remained in Reading, living in a new home which they built for themselves in Mt. Penn.

Upon graduation from law school,  Morris Brooke went to work for Drinker, Biddle & Reath, a large law firm in Philadelphia, where he was a partner for almost forty years, and he and his wife, Peg, and their two sons lived in Flourtown, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia. Upon retirement he left the Philadelphia area and now lives at a small fishing club in the Pocono Mountains where he and his family have spent their vacations for many years. Mo divides his time between volunteering for the local nature conservancy and other local charities, fly fishing the nearby waters and, of course, painting.

The Museum will continue offering the work of various artists in The Museum Shop, featuring a new one approximately every six weeks. Other local artists who would like to be considered for this program should contact The Museum at  info@readingpublicmuseum.org.

June 04, 2013: Noontime Knowledge On Tuesday

On Tuesday, June 4 at noon, feed your imagination -- and your appetite -- with a talk on a variety of fascinating topics in science, art and more.

Today's Program: The Peales of Pennsylvania

Free with Museum admission (Members free). A variety of sandwiches, salads, snacks and beverages are available in The Atrium Café (Ground Floor).

March 07, 2013: Historical "Jazz Under the Stars" Tonight!

Every “first Thursday” of the month, the Neag Planetarium at the Reading Public Museum presents live jazz featuring a variety of local, regional and national artists in the area’s most unique venue. This series allows you to enjoy great musical performances while experiencing the visually stunning images on the theatre’s dome above.

An addition, there's food and beverages by ViVÁ Bistro and Tapas Lunge available for purchase, as well as a spacious lounge area with seating and tables. Plus, while you are enjoying food and conversation in this area, you’ll be able to see the musicians on our digital screens and hear them on the Planetarium’s sound system.

This month - Hesse's Hot 5


Hesse's Hot 5 is a blend of bandmates from Hesse's stable of New Orleans-influenced musicians. Their repertoire is a blend of traditional jazz and an eclectic blend of modern styles. Led by saxophonist/composer Chris Heslop, Hesse's Hot 5 will present an evening of early jazz, with a tip of the hat to the enormous contributions to jazz by Sidney Bechet.Bechet's virtuosic clarinet and soprano saxophone playing was revered by all the greats of his time, including Pee Wee Russell, King Oliver, and Louis Armstrong. Born in New Orleans.

“Jazz Under the Stars” is presented by by Hair On The Avenue, with the additional support of the 23rd annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest and the Berks Arts Council.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m. Price is $20 per person, payable at the door or in advance. Seating is limited in the theatre area, so get your tickets now!!! Call 610-371-5850 x264 to reserve.

October 27, 2012: Jack Hubley and Wild Neighbors Inhabit The Museum

At noon this Saturday, October 27, popular TV star and naturalist Jack Hubley presents one of a series of talks (10/13, 10/27 & 11/10) related to our "RPM Goes Wild" exhibitions. He has been a multimedia advocate for the natural world for more than 25 years. Within the WGAL-TV viewing area, he is probably best known as the host of "A Wild Moment," a two-minute nature vignette that has aired on the Friday 5:30 p.m. newscast since 1955.

Today's presentation: "Snakes: Venomous or Not?"


For all ages! Free with Museum admission.





October 11, 2012: Giant Ants Invade Museum!

Hurrah! Hurrah! The ants go marching two by two as a pair of huge eerily life-like bronze sculptures, Standing Ants “X” and “O” by American artist Susan P. Cochran, will be on loan for a three-year period beginning October 10, 2012. Each ant is 6’9” x 10’ x 6’8” and will “live” near the flagpole on the traffic circle, just outside The Museum’s main entrance.

This project is supported in part by J. C. Ehrlich Co., Inc., a nation-wide pest control service business headquartered in Reading, Pa., and dovetails well with the enthusiasm and interest stirred by the current series of animal and nature related exhibitions, grouped under the theme “Reading Public Museum Goes Wild.”

Susan P. Cochran was born on Long Island, New York and, since childhood, has been involved in the world of art. When she was young, Susan’s father (a gifted artist, as well) gave her various books on insects and had her herding cattle, breaking yearlings, handling reptiles or out fishing, scuba diving, and shooting. She attended school in Florida, New York, Virginia, Switzerland and France — extensive travel opened her eyes to different methods of creating. Native American beadwork caught Susan’s attention while she was in her forties, and she went on to create ceremonial dresses, moccasins, bags, and feathers.

 In 2001, Susan decided to switch to sculpting in bronze. Her love of nature and affinity for this media led to the ultimate expression in her exquisite, large-scale cast bronze sculptures of ants. These amazingly detailed works allow the ant, a creature often overlooked, to be rediscovered. Cochran’s inspiration for these ants comes not only from her fascination with flora and fauna, but also from the social nature of these insects. Her ant series has traveled from West Palm Beach, Florida (where she is based) to Dubai to the Bellagio in Las Vegas.



December 18, 2012: RPM Business Breakfast This Morning!

On Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 a.m., join us for breakfast before work in one of our unique gallery spaces. Chat with John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO, network with other business professionals and learn about the Museum's collection all while enjoying hot coffee and a light breakfast. Don't miss your most important meal of the day!

This month's presentation: Animals in Art, Mini Tour by Scott Schweigert, Curator of Art & Civilization (Works on Paper Gallery and Central Gallery)

RSVP to lauren.mccarroll@readingpublicmuseum.org or at 610-371-5850 x264. Free for Reading Area business professionals with your company business card. Space is limited, so make your reservation soon!

This series (third Tuesday of each month) is sponsored by Weidenhammer Systems Corporation.






November 11, 2012: Bagels, Bach & Beyond on Sunday, November 11!

On Sunday, November 11 from 10 a.m. until noon, join us for light breakfast and live music — this time in the Neag Planetarium! Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

November's Bagels, Bach & Beyond features Jill Haley in a multi-media performance, "Glacier Soundscapes," which includes music for and images of Glacier National Park. The music, written by Jill Haley, will be performed by her on oboe with guest artists David Cullen on guitar, and pianist Becky Gass Butler. This presentation will utilize The Planetarium's dome to project images that accompany the music of "Glacier Soundscapes."

Admission to Bagels, Bach & Beyond is $30 for Non-Members and $20 for Members and includes light breakfast, the concert and admission to The Museum after the show. Limited seating – pre-registration is strongly suggested. Call 610-371-5850 x264, and download the flier here.



October 21, 2012: National Chemistry Week Kickoff This Sunday

From noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 21, bring the family as Penn State Berks Chemical Society invites you to explore the wonderful world of chemistry, highlighting new achievements in Nanotechnology.

Hands-on science experiments for children are among the many activities planned for area residents during this year’s celebration of National Chemistry Week, Oct. 21-27. This year’s theme is “Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science.” The annual event is an outreach program hosted by the Penn State Berks Chapter of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.

This year is the 25th anniversary of National Chemistry Week. The week-long celebration will kick off Sunday, October 21st at the Reading Public Museum at noon with an entire day of hands-on science activities for elementary through high school students and their parents. Area chemists will supervise and explain the importance of each activity.

More information about this year’s nationwide observance of National Chemistry Week is available at www.acs.org/ncw.

The American Chemical Society – the world’s largest scientific society – is a non-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

The Penn State Berks Chapter has 81 members who serve the profession and the community. For more information, visit www.clubs.psu.edu/bk/chemsociety.

Free with Museum admission. (Members free) Plus, anyone who says "I'm here for National Chemistry Week Kickoff" will get in free!

November 16, 2012: Friday Night Lecture "Goes Wild"

This Friday, November 16 at 6 p.m., join us in the Neag Planetrium for "Habitat Fragmentation: Human Impacts on Natural Systems and Possible Remedies" by Dr. Stephen Mech, Chair/Associate Professor of Biology - Albright College. It's a perfect lecture to complement our "RPM Goes Wild" series of animal-related exhibitions!

Cost: $20 for Members; $30 per Non-Members

November 23, 2012: Additional Star Shows Added on Black Friday

Looking for something to do besides shopping on Black Friday - November 23rd? Check out a show (or two - or more!) at the Neag Planetarium as we added additional times to our schedule for this day.

11 a.m. - Season of Light
Noon - Tales of the Maya Skies
1 p.m. - Dynamic Earth
2 p.m. - Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
3 p.m. - Season of Light
4 pm. - 2012: The End of the World? NOT!


Tickets (per show) are $7 Adults; $5 Children/Students/Seniors; Free to Members and children 3 and under - available day of the show.

Why not take a break from the hustle and bustle to stop in and enjoy lunch or a snack at the Atrium Café, relax or stroll in the scenic 25-acre Arboretum, or visit one of our three current “RPM Goes Wild” themed exhibitions, including Animal Secrets, Predators, Animals in Art, and Animals in Glass by Taylor Backes. Plus, check out the newly renovated North American Indian Gallery as well as all the other galleries featuring The Museum’s permanent collection.

A limited supply of beautiful poinsettia plants grown in The Museum’s own greenhouse will be on sale starting this day. In addition, a special sterling silver charm commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Reading Public Museum being open to the public (celebrating in 2013) will debut and be sold in The Museum Shop. This unique charm, cast in Reading and designed by Justin Bortz, features a likeness of the funerary mask of Nefrina, The Museum’s long-time signature resident mummy, and can be worn on a bracelet or as a pendant. A discount price will be available for purchase of both the poinsettia plant and the charm in the same transaction. Museum Members receive a 10% discount on all items at The Museum Shop, which features the area’s most unique selection of crafts and other gift items.



November 27, 2012: Local Artist's Painted Feathers and Wildlife Art Featured

As part of the “Artists Among Us” series, The Reading Public Museum is featuring and selling the work of local artists in The Museum Shop, continuing with former Bethel, Pa. resident, Gail Savage. Examples of her paintings of birds and animals (in keeping with the current “Reading Public Museum Goes Wild” theme of animal-related exhibitions) will be on display beginning Tuesday, November 27, 2012 in the Atrium Café adjacent to the Shop, where they also can be purchased. The exhibit will continue through the end of this year.

Gail Savage began her formal studies in art at the age of five, when her kindergarten teacher arranged for a scholarship to a private art school. She continued to study art throughout her school years, and credits her skills to early training in anatomy and portraiture taught by the late Jean Baker Gross and her associates, who took Gail under their patient and talented wings.

Born in Reading, Pa., Gail has been painting professionally for 30 years, specializing in birds and nature art. Her home and studio are located on an undisturbed 24-acre woodland in the heart of the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, where inspiration is always just outside the windows. Her art has been sold throughout the United States and Canada, England, Germany, Belgium, and Australia.

“I love to paint every detail of the world I know here in the mountains,” said Savage. “The small surface and the delicacy required in painting feathers is a challenge. I work carefully with very small, soft brushes to achieve the depth and detail that I want in the artwork.”



November 16, 2012: Museum Open Seven Days a Week in 2013

The Reading Pubic Museum is now open daily from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.  In response to the increase in attendance during 2012, these new, expanded hours will give both local and out of town visitors increased access to the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. In 2013, The Museum will celebrate its 100th anniversary of being open to the public, and many exciting exhibitions and special events are planned for the year, leading Museum management to determine that the additional hours are warranted.

In 2013, Museum Admissions are as follows: Adults (18-64) - $10; Senior (65+) - $6; Children - $6; College Students and Military w/ID - $6; Members and Children 3 and under – Free.

Neag Planetarium Admissions (per show) are as follows: Adults (18-64) - $8; Senior (65+) - $6; Children - $6; College Students and Military w/ID - $6; Members and Children 3 and under – Free.


November 26, 2012: WFMZ Treated Us to a Tasty Story on Thanksgiving!

To check out a nice news feature on The Museum by WFMZ Channel 69 Berks Edition that was initially aired on Thanksgiving Day, click here. Thanks!!!


February 07, 2013: Get HIP "Under the Stars" on Thursday

Reserve your tickets now for the "From the HIP" on Thursday, January 3, at 7 p.m. at the coolest Jazz Space in the universe, the Neag Planetarium! Be sure to order now to ensure a seat in the "theatre" area. (610-371-5850 x264) For more info, click here.

December 10, 2012: Museum Review on Macaroni Kid

Check it out!    http://lebanon.macaronikid.com/article/399549/reading-public-museum-perfect-for-all-ages


December 14, 2012: 'Museum RoadShow" Live at Noon on BCTV Today

Catch our quarterly BCTV program live today (on TV or online at www.bctv.org, or later in the BCTV.org program archive (we'll have  a link in our "media" section as always). Today's how features an interview with Will Dexter as he talks about this current exhibition at The Museum, "Animals in Glass by Taylor Backes."Also, see a mini-tour by Scott Schweigert of our newly renovated North American Indian Gallery.

December 27, 2012: Extra Star Shows Added This Week!

Got a day or two off this week? Stop in for one or more Shows at the Neag Planetarium, as we added extra show times for the holidays!

This week, catch one or more shows at 1, 2, 3 and 4  p.m.:
1 p.m. - Season of Light
2 p.m. - Dynamic Earth
3 p.m. - Tales of the Maya Skies
4. p.m. - 2012 - the end of the World? NOT!

Prices (each show): $7 Adults (18-59); $5 Seniors/Children/Students w/ID; FREE for Children 3 and under and Museum Members

January 07, 2013: Jules Olitski Exhibition Now Open at The Museum

This winter and spring, the Reading Public Museum proudly presents the art of modernist Jules Olitski (1922-2007) in an exhibition called Jules Olitski: On an Intimate Scale, which will be on view in The Museum's Cohen Modern and Contemporary Gallery from January 19 through May 26, 2013.

More than thirty small canvases from each stage of the artist's career beginning in the early sixties through 2007, the year of his death, will be featured. The artist's Stain, Spray, Baroque, High Baroque and Late Orb paintings trace his exploration of abstraction through a variety of techniques, which range from ethereal to painterly.

The Museum's curator of art and civilization Scott Schweigert notes, "All of the paintings in the exhibition measure two feet or smaller in size, but pack a big punch — either through color or texture — and leave a major impression on the viewer."

Olitski was brought into public prominence by art critic Clement Greenberg, who coined the term "post-painterly abstraction." Olitski applied the paint by staining, then spraying, and later used unconventional tools such as brooms, mops, and leaf blowers, among other things. His richly diverse surfaces diffused color and light, often with rich variations in texture.

The exhibition draws on works from the Olitski Family Estate and premiered at The George Washington University's Luther W. Brady Gallery in the fall of 2012. Artwork from this exhibition was included in an online slideshow of the "Best of 2012," which accompanied a recent article by Karen Wilkin in the Wall Street Journal titled "A Range of Revelations."


January 07, 2013: Educational Tours Enhanced with Technology

Thanks to a $12,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation, the Reading Public Museum will be able to further its commitment to multi-disciplinary learning by launching "RPM 2.0," a pilot project that will utilize new media and cutting-edge technology to offer students new and innovative ways to interact with The Museum's collection.

Todd Darlington, Director of External Affairs at Verizon presented the grant to John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO of the Reading Public Museum. Smith said, "We are grateful to the Verizon Foundation for giving us this opportunity to technologically evolve and to provide a better environment for students and adults to learn about art, science, culture, and all the other disiplines our collections touch upon."

The Museum will create digital content accessible through the "smart devices" that will allow school groups (and eventually the general general visiting public) the opportunity to obtain a more in-depth knowledge of its permanent collections. The use of multimedia in The Museum tour is an invaluable tool for creating a multi-leveled learning experience, bringing in outside voices (such as professors, scholars, artists) as well as alternative media that appeals to all learners.

Programs to be developed include a digital content layer for student tours which will allow Docents access to a wealth of resources to better interpret the galleries and help make the collection more interactive and interpretations more vivid. For example: showing an image of what a fossil animal may have looked like while alive, an audio clip of an Egyptologist doing an autopsy of a mummy, or a video of how armor was actually used in the field.

Hotlinks will direct patrons with a smart phone to find more information on a piece in the collection. A digitized artifacts program will allow guides to rotate, lift, open, and zoom in on an object in the collection (whether it is on or off display). It will also have the potential to digitalize The Museum map so visitors can quickly learn where to find a certain artifact they are interested in visiting, offering additional resources about that area they are interested in, and creating their own person digitalized tour.



Photo – Left to right: David Meas, Reading Public Museum Foundation Board of Directors member; John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO of the Reading Public Museum; Amanda Spencer, grant writer for The Museum; and Todd Darlington, Director of External Affairs at Verizon.



January 16, 2013: New Foundation Board Members Elected

At the December 4, 2012 Board Meeting of the Foundation for the Reading Public Museum, the following new members were elected for a three-year term beginning fiscal year 2013 (January 1– December 31, 2013): Bill Combs, Penske Truck Leasing; Frank Delewski, retired city policeman; Kathleen D. Herbein, community volunteer; Lisa Lavender, Berks Fire & Water; Dr. Jack Lusch, Department Chair at Reading Hospital (retired); Jim Manganell, Landis Express, Inc.; Regina Miller, artist and community philanthropist; and Tom Souders, M.D., retired opthamologist.

Seth Rosenzweig, M.D. and Judith Phelps, current Board members, were elected to a second three-year term.

January 16, 2013: The Return of the Mummy's Mask - Final Day!

It won't be here much longer, so don't miss it! Leaving soon from a Museum near you!

After over 80 years, the Reading Public Museum's resident 2,300 year-old mummy, Nefrina, came face-to-face with her funerary mask when it was on public display in The Museum's Ancient Civilizations Gallery beginning January 19, 2012. The cartonnage mask, made of a mixture of linen, plaster, papyrus, other pliable materials and covered in gold leaf, has been on loan from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology where it has been stored since 1893 when the coffin, mask and mummy set was acquired from antiques dealer Emil Brugsch Bey. It has been on temporary display and will continue until February 6, 2013, at 11 a.m. when it will be deinstalled and returned. It is currently part of The Museum's Nefrina's World focus exhibition, also containing her mummy, coffin, coffin lid, insights into the world in which she lived and a forensic facial reconstruction by artist Frank Bender (unveiled here in 2010).

Nefrina lived approximately 250 BC, and made her journey to the Reading Public Museum in 1930, on loan from the University of Pennsylvania — later purchased by the Museum in 1949. In the intervening 82 years, she has achieved rock star status with generations of school students and visitors. Her mummy has been X-rayed in 1948 and 1972, and CAT scans were made in 2003 at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center.

During the First Intermediate Period and the early Middle Kingdom, the head of the mummy began to be protected with a cartonnage mask placed over the wrappings. These were meant to represent the deceased — in this particular case an idealized, rather than an individualized image of Nefrina. It was made with several layers of linen glued together and shaped in a mold. The resulting shell was usually coated on one side with gesso, a smooth medium well-suited to detailed painting and gold leafing.

Egyptians believed that the spirit or ba survived death and could leave the confines of a tomb. The cartonnage mask therefore provided the means for the returning ba to recognize its host, whose face was hidden by layers of bandage.

Photo courtesy Penn Museum, object E882D, image #195108






December 27, 2013: Floyd Final Friday This Week!

On Friday, December 27, kick off your weekend with something different. Enjoy exciting full-dome digital visuals set to the music of classic rock acts like Pink Floyd.

Our lineup includes:
7 p.m. - SonicVision (various rock groups)
8 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
9 p.m. - Pink Floyd: The Wall
10 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here


Prices for each digital Music Show are $8 for adults (18-64) and $6 for children, senior and students (w/ID). Museum Members and children 3 and under are free. Tickets are available at The Planetarium starting at 6 p.m. the night of the Show.


January 28, 2013: Successful Opening Weekend - Photos on Flickr!

Opening  weekend, January 26 & 27, was a a great success, with hundreds of families turning out for the opening of four new exhibitions, including LEGO® Castle Adventure!

Check out some of the photos taken by our "roving photographer' of the fun and festivities on our Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/readingpublicmuseum/sets/72157632631411291/



February 05, 2013: Arboretum Assistants Need Assistance!

Spring is just around the corner, and the Reading Public Museum Arboretum Committee is preparing to greet returning Arboretum Assistants and welcome new participants to The Museum Arboretum program. This friendly group of fellow gardeners will enjoy education, gardening and camaraderie, and their combined efforts make a major impact on The Museum grounds.

Last year, for the first time in decades, the Assistants propagated their own annuals in The Museum’s newly reconstructed greenhouse. This year, even more plantings are anticipated, providing more color to the beautiful 25-acre Arboretum. Due to increased activities, the committee is hoping for a greater number of participants, bringing the total number of volunteers to over 100.

Veteran and prospective Arboretum Assistants are asked to attend two training sessions being offered the mornings of March 13 and March 20 at 9:00 a.m. in The Museum’s auditorium. Additional information will be available after registering for the program. In addition, each Arboretum Assistant will be asked to contribute the equivalent of two Wednesday mornings per month during the gardening season — April through October (at least 14 sessions total). The Wednesdays will be of your own choosing with advance sign-up requested.

Penn State Master Gardeners serve as Arboretum Supervisors, working by your side directing and offering instruction for each work session. You’ll only be asked to accept tasks that are physically comfortable for you. To register, contact Chris Heiser, Volunteer Coordinator, at chrish408@comcast.net or at 610-371-5850, x239 (leave a message after eight rings) by February 25, 2013.

February 07, 2013: LEGO Castle Adventure Featured on WFMZ

Check out WFMZ-TV Channel 69's "One Tank Trip" feature, as Karin Mallett spotlights our current LEGO® Castle Adventure exhibition: http://www.wfmz.com/news/One-Tank-Trip-Lego-Castle-Adventure/-/121458/18439952/-/vjigmoz/-/index.html

February 11, 2013: Kids' Club Starts Today!

The second Monday of the Month from 4:00-5:30 p.m., February – June, 2013

Join the Reading Public Museum Kids Club! This afterschool program will delight you as you explore distant countries, venture to outer space, and bring out your inner artist. Each session includes crafts, activities, and gallery time or a planetarium show! Pre-registration is required. Call 610-371-5850 x233 to make a reservation.

For students in grades 2-6

Members $75 (all 5 sessions)
; Non-Members $90



February 13, 2013: "Century of Collecting" Series Premieres Wednesday

Join our Education and Curatorial Staff for an exclusive look at The Museum’s collections not on exhibit.

In honor of the Reading Public Museum being open to the public since 1913, this year we’re offering a new program which takes place on the second Wednesday of the month for five months, offering wine, light refreshments and a presentation.

Tonight’s Program: Paintings in the Reading Public Museum Collection – Scott Schweigert, RPM Curator of Art & Civilization


For more information on this series, check the Spring Education Program Guide you received in the mail, click here, or call 610-371-5850 x 223. Reservations required.

Per Program Cost: $40 per Member/$60 per Non-Member
Series Cost (5 Programs beginning February 13): $180 per Member; $280 per Non-Member



February 13, 2013: Today's "Century of Collecting" Presentation Postponed

We're sorry, but due to unforeseen circumstances, Wednesday, February 13th's "Century of Collecting" lecture has been postponed. When the new date is posted, we will list it here as soon as possible.


April 16, 2013: RPM Business Breakfast On Tuesday!

THIRD TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH

Join us for breakfast before work in one of our unique gallery spaces. Chat with John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO, network with other business professionals and learn about the Museum's collection all while enjoying hot coffee and a light breakfast. Don't miss your most important meal of the day!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 7:30-8:30 a.m. – Jelly Belly Masterpieces of Jelly Bean Art and Barbara Morgan Photography -- Atrium Level Galleries


RSVP to lauren.mccarroll@readingpublicmuseum.org or at 610-371-5850 x264. Free for Reading Area business professionals with your company business card. Space is limited, so make your reservation now!

Sponsored by Weidenhammer Systems Corporation






February 24, 2013: Bagels, Bach & Beyond This Sunday!

Same time, different universe. Bagels, Bach and Beyond has moved to the Neag Planetarium! Join us for light breakfast and live music in one of the area's most unique venues.

This month, Genesius Theatre performs "Night and Day — Songs about Space, Time, and You!" Great songs about the sun, moon and stars will be sung by some of your favorite performers from local community theatre.

Take a minute. How many songs can you think of with the word moon in the title? Now imagine them being performed in the Planetarium. So whether you are a poet, a philosopher, a scientist, a Trekkie, or simply a music lover, come and enjoy Night and Day. Songs about Space Time and You! It will be worth every minute.

Admission to Bagels, Bach & Beyond is $30 for Non-Members and $20 for Members and includes light breakfast, the concert and admission to The Museum after the show. Limited seating – pre-registration is suggested. Call 610-371-5850 x264.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m.


March 29, 2013: Friday Night Lecture This Week!

Join us at one (or all) of our Spring Friday Night Lecture Series, one per month beginning February 22.

Tonight's Program: American Artist Howard Pyle — Heather Campbell Coyle, Delaware Museum of Art, Curator of American Art

For more info on this lecture, and others in this series, click here or call 610-371-5850 x223. Reservations required.

Per Lecture Cost
: $20 per Member/$30 per Non-Member Series Cost (5 lectures, beginning February 22): $70 per Member; $110 per Non-Member






April 11, 2013: Search For Extraterrestrial Life - Here on April 11

Join us for a special Members-only lecture on Thursday, April 11, 6-7:30 p.m., presented by Dr. Jill Tarter

Dr. Tarter holds the Bernard Oliver Chair for SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), and most people view her as the real-life researcher on which the Jodie Foster character in the movie "Contact" was based. Dr. Tarter has devoted the majority of her professional life to the SETI program. She has been involved with the major SETI projects and her main project currently is heading the construction of the Allen Telescope Array in California.

FREE For Members - Advanced registration required - Sponsored by Berks Astronomy Club

September 17, 2013: This Tuesday - RPM Business Breakfast!

On Tuesday, October 15, join us from 7:30-8:30 a.m. for breakfast before work in one of our unique gallery spaces. Chat with John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO, network with other business professionals and learn about the Museum’s collection all while enjoying hot coffee and a light breakfast. Don’t miss your most important meal of the day!


Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Norman Rockwell: Boy (Second Floor Temporary Galleries)

RSVP to Lindsay Crist or at 610-371-5850 x264. Free for Reading Area business professionals with your company business card. Space is limited, so make your reservation soon!

Sponsored by Weidenhammer Systems Corporation





May 06, 2013: "Century of Collecting" Series Cancelled

Including this Wednesday's lecture, this series has been cancelled. Sorry!


June 09, 2013: Centsational Free Concert This Sunday!

On Sunday, June 9, at 3 p.m., “Centsational,” a musical celebration of the centennial of the Reading Public Museum will be presented by the Reading Philharmonic Orchestra with special guests, Swing Fever — playing classics from the orchestral and big band repertoires. Join us "Under the Linden Tree" in our Arboretum for this FREE concert... bring your lawn chairs!

This concert is being presented as part of the "Museum Concert Series" by the reading Musical Foundation and the Reading Public Museum,

Any inclement weather changes will be announced online at www.readingphilharmonic.com and on WEEU.

June 07, 2013: Member Appredication Day This Friday!

On Friday, June 7 from 11 a.m. 'til 7 p.m. we invite our Members to enjoy a fun-filled day of special programming in your honor! The Museum will be open late and offering guided tours, additional Planetarium Shows, family friendly activities, and light refreshments* in thanks of your continued support. If you are not, but would like to become a Member, please call 610-371-5850 x228, or click here.

Schedule of Events

11 a.m. – Arboretum tour–meet in front of The Museum

12 p.m. – Tour of The Painters of Berks and 100 Years and Counting – meet in the Founders’ Gallery

1 p.m. – Art Gallery tour – meet in the European Gallery

1 p.m. – Neag Planetarium Show: STARS

2 p.m. – Arms and Armor tour – meet in the Gallery

3 p.m. – Egyptian tour – meet in the Ancient Civilizations Gallery

3 p.m. – Neag Planetarium Music Show: SonicVision

4 p.m. – Latin American tour – meet in the Gallery

4 p.m. – Neag Planetarium Show: More than Meets the Eye

5 p.m. – North American Indian tour, meet in the Gallery

6 p.m. – Arboretum tour – meet in front of The Museum

*Light snacks and children activities in the Auditorium from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

June 10, 2013: Kid's Club Convenes Today!

Kids' Club is on the 2nd Monday of the Month from 4:00-5:30 p.m. (February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10)

Join the Reading Public Museum Kids Club! This afterschool program will delight you as you explore distant countries, venture to outer space, and bring out your inner artist. Each session includes crafts, activities, and gallery time or a planetarium show! Pre-registration is required. Call 610-371-5850 x233 to make a reservation.

For students in grades 2-6

Members $75 (all 5 sessions) ; Non-Members $90

June 28, 2013: Friday Night Lecture Series Continues Tonight

Join us for this month's program, "100 Years of Teaching: The History of the Reading Public Museum," presented by Dr. Ivan Bub.

For more info on this lecture, and others in this series, keep your eye on our Web calendar or call 610-371-5850 x223. Reservations required.

Per Lecture Cost: $20 per Member/$30 per Non-Member Series Cost (5 lectures, beginning February 22): $70 per Member; $110 per Non-Member




July 04, 2013: Celebrate "Red White & Blues" with us on July 4th!

This time, we’re really “out there, " under the tent on our new Stone Terrace! Enjoy food & drinks and a special performance by Philly’s finest blues guitarist and singer, Deb Callahan! Plus after the show, keep your great parking space and enjoy the fireworks next door at the West Reading Playground!

Philadelphia’s blues and soul drenched vocalist and songwriter Deb Callahan is most often compared to singers such as Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Lydia Pense.

An addition, there’s food and beverages by ViVÁ Bistro and Tapas Lounge available for purchase at the tent. Doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m. Price is $20 per person, payable at the door (st the tent) or in advance. Seating is limited, so get your tickets now!!! Call 610-371-5850 x264 to reserve.

June 24, 2013: "The Painters of Berks" Featured in BCTV Production

To watch a BCTV video "sampler" of this current exhibition, click here. (BCTV Archives) Note: This was shot in our Second Floor Galleries. There are additional, more modern and contemporary paintings paintings in this exhibit in our Central Gallery on the First Floor.

September 05, 2013: Jazz Under the Stars This Thursday!

Every "first Thursday" of the month, the Neag Planetarium at the Reading Public Museum presents live jazz featuring a variety of local, regional and national artists in the area's most unique venue. The series, "Jazz Under the Stars," lets you enjoy great musical performances while experiencing the visually stunning images on the theatre's dome above.

In addition, the newly renovated foyer have food and beverages available for purchase, provided by VIVÁ Bistro & Tapas Lounge, as well as a spacious area with seating and tables. Plus, while you are enjoying food and conversation in this area, you'll be able to see the musicians on our digital screens and hear them on the Planetarium's sound system.

This month – The Dave Wilson Quartet

"Jazz Under the Stars" is presented by by Hair On The Avenue, with the additional support of the 24th annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest and the Berks Arts Council.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m. Price is $20 per person, payable at the door or in advance. Get your tickets now!!! Call 610-371-5850 x264 to reserve.





August 09, 2013: "One Tank Trip" features "The Painters of Berks"

Check out this story by WFMZ-TV Channel 69's Karin Mallett on a recent newscast of the Berks Edition! Thanks, Karin and Scott!

http://www.wfmz.com/features/onetanktrip/One-Tank-Trip-The-Painters-of-Berks/-/133242/21376878/-/w7g19nz/-/index.html



August 15, 2013: Greenhouse and Collections Storage Annex Ribbon Cutting

The Reading Eagle published a story, written by Don Spatz, about the ribbon cutting ceremony of our newly renovated Greenhouse and Collections Storage Annex.

The ceremony took place on Wednesday, August 14, and you can see the article and photos online by clicking here.


August 23, 2013: Senior Series Presentation This Friday

You’re never too old to learn! On Friday, August 23 at 1:30 p.m., come for this senior-friendly talk to hear Museum docents and staff speak about The Museum Collections and Exhibitions. This program will run the 4th Friday of the month, and today's program is:

"The Works of Ben Austrian"

FREE with Museum admission (FREE for Members). Sponsored by Assured Assistance.

August 29, 2013: Levi Mengel in the Reading Eagle

There's a great story on our founder, Levi Mengel, in the August 29 issue of the Reading Eagle! Find out more out Dr. Mengel and the history of The Museum at our current exhibition, "100 Years and Counting," on view through September 14. Only a few days left!

CLICK HERE to read the article.


September 05, 2013: Victor Shearer Painting Featured in Article

Check out this great article by Ron Devlin in the Reading Eagle on the very first painting in our collection, "Desolate Winter," by Victor Shearer. CLICK HERE to read.


September 28, 2013: Visit us FREE today (with special ticket)

On Saturday, September 28, 2013, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live!, you can visit the Reading Public Museum for free! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at the admissions desk.

Tickets are available for downloading at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free admission for two for this one day only. Only one ticket is permitted per household, per e-mail address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2013 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.




September 19, 2013: Members: Toast to the Past Tonight

Thurs., Sept. 19 and the third Thursday of each month from 5:30-7:00 p.m. This special adult program is for Members only! (21 and older with valid ID)

Start the evening with a wine tasting, then move into the galleries for a unique look at the collections. Hear stories like how Museum purchases went down with the Titanic, learn how we acquired our mummy and see vessels that held wine over 2,000 years ago. You are sure to view the collections in a different light after this new series!

For more info call 610-371-5850 x223.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Minimum of 20 paid participants to run. Reservation deadline: one week prior to event Cost: $10 each / $45 for all five; Guests of Members: $15 each / $70 for all five



September 21, 2013: Art in the Afternoon This Saturday!

On Saturday, Sept. 21 from 2-4 p.m., you can "Make Your Own Mandala"! Enjoy an afternoon looking at art in RPM's collection, then learn how to create masterpieces of your own!

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Minimum of 10 participants to run. For more info, call 610-371-5850 x223.

Cost: $15/Members; $20/Non-Members

September 27, 2013: Senior Series: "How'd They Get That?" This Friday

You're never too old to learn! 
Come this Friday, September 27 at 1:30 p.m. for this senior-friendly talk to hear Museum docents and staff speak about the Museum Collections and Exhibitions. 

This program runs the 4th Friday of each month, and guests of all ages are welcome.

Today: How'd they get that?
- A discussion on how The Museum acquires its collection.

FREE with Museum admission (FREE for Members)



Sponsored by Assured Assistance.




September 26, 2013: "ReDress" Featured on "One Tank Trip"

WFMZ-TV's Karin Mallett stopped by and taped a feature on our current exhibition, "ReDress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd." You can watch it by clicking here. Great job, Ashley and Karin -- thanks!

October 03, 2013: "Jazz Under the Stars" This Thursday!

Every “first Thursday” of the month, the Neag Planetarium at the Reading Public Museum presents live jazz featuring a variety of local, regional and national artists in the area’s most unique venue. The series, “Jazz Under the Stars,” lets you enjoy great musical performances while experiencing the visually stunning images on the theatre’s dome above.

In addition, the newly renovated foyer have food and beverages available for purchase, provided by VIVÁ Bistro & Tapas Lounge, as well as a spacious area with seating and tables. Plus, while you are enjoying food and conversation in this area, you’ll be able to see the musicians on our digital screens and hear them on the Planetarium’s sound system

This month – The Jost Project

“Jazz Under the Stars” is presented by by Hair On The Avenue, with the additional support of the 24th annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest and the Berks Arts Council.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m. Price is $20 per person, payable at the door or in advance. Get your tickets now!!! Call 610-371-5850 x264 to reserve.


October 13, 2013: This Sunday is Cub Scout Day!

October 13: The Reading Public Museum invites Cub Scouts to spend a day (noon-4 p.m.) learning about space. Go out of this world as you visit the Neag Planetarium, learn about far away planets, and make a star map to find some famous constellations. Each scout will work towards earning their Astronomer Belt loop and/or Pin. (Loops and pins are not included with the cost of the program)

Cost: $12 for Scouts: includes Museum Admission, Planetarium Show, and Activities;
$10 for adults: Includes Museum Admission & Planetarium Show.

No Pre-registration is required for this program


October 17, 2013: Toast to the Past - This Thursday!

Held the third Thursday of each month from 5:30-7:00 p.m., this special adult program is for Members only! (21 and older with valid ID).

Start the evening with a wine tasting, then move into the galleries for a unique look at the collections. Hear stories like how Museum purchases went down with the Titanic, learn how we acquired our mummy and see vessels that held wine over 2,000 years ago. You are sure to view the collections in a different light after this new series!

For more info, call 610-371-5850 x223.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Minimum of 20 paid participants to run.

Cost: $10 each / $45 for all five; Guests of Members: $15 each / $70 for all five.

October 18, 2013: Night at the Museum Photos Now Available!

To those of you who made our first annual Night at The Museum a success, a huge thanks! Photos taken by our roving photographers are now available for viewing/downloading/ordering prints through our Flickr® account. To view  and/or download/order, see http://www.flickr.com/photos/readingpublicmuseum/sets/72157636688015656/

For a free download, click on the desired photo, next click on the "three-dot" icon on the lower right of the black screen border, then click on “all sizes” from the new menu. You’ll be able to choose from a variety of file sizes from which to download. You'll also see an option to "view slideshow" after you click the three dots. That will automatically take you through all shots within this set.

If you open a free Flickr account, you’ll also have an option to order prints via their Snapfish service. The “order prints” option will then appear under the "three dots" icon.

October 25, 2013: THIS FRIDAY: Time Warp at the Planetarium

On Friday, October 25, as a special edition of our "Floyd Final Fridays" series, you can enjoy a fun screening of the quotable classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

The October lineup includes:
7 p.m.–The Rocky Horror Picture Show
9 p.m.–Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
11 p.m.–The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Star and Music Shows: *$8.00 Adults (18-64);* $6.00 Seniors/Children/Students (w/id); FREE for Children 3 and under and Museum Members.

Rocky Horror Picture Show–$15 per person, per show – Note: The Museum encourages your participation in the viewing of Rocky Horror Picture Show, but please be mindful of the projection equipment in The Planetarium that will be in use during the shows to enhance your experience when you choose your props. Limitations on props used during the show include water and water guns, any wet food (i.e. hot dogs, prunes, butter, etc.), animals, and open flames. Pull on your fishnets, bring your noise makers, party hats, rice, and confetti and enjoy being part of Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s party. Security will be at the door of The Planetarium to check bags and remove items that are potentially harmful to The Planetarium equipment.

For reservations, please contact Lindsay Crist at 610-371-5850 x230 or lindsay.crist@readingpublicmuseum.org



November 07, 2013: This Thursday - "Jazz Under the Stars"

Join us on Thursday, November 7 and every first Thursday, when the Neag Planetarium at the Reading Public Museum presents live jazz featuring a variety of local, regional and national artists in the area’s most unique venue. The series, “Jazz Under the Stars,” lets you enjoy great musical performances while experiencing the visually stunning images on the theatre’s dome above.

In addition, the newly renovated foyer have food and beverages available for purchase, provided by VIVÁ Bistro & Tapas Lounge, as well as a spacious area with seating and tables. Plus, while you are enjoying food and conversation in this area, you’ll be able to see the musicians on our digital screens and hear them on the Planetarium’s sound system

This month – Tim Price “Jazz-A-Delic”

“Jazz Under the Stars” is presented by by Hair On The Avenue, with the additional support of the 23rd annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest and the Berks Arts Council.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m. Price is $20 per person, payable at the door or in advance. Get your tickets now!!! Call 610-371-5850 x264 to reserve.

Event Time: 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.)


November 15, 2013: Iron Horse Hobby Train Display Now on View

Nothing sets the Holiday mood and a child’s imagination in motion like a classic layout of model railroad trains. And on display now, you can visit our Auditorium during regular Museum hours and see a fascinating classic G-Scale display featuring two trains running simultaneously, courtesy of Iron Horse Hobby House, Reading, Pa. It’s included in your Museum admission fee (Members free!) and will be on display through January 14.



November 24, 2013: Holiday poinsettias, fresh from The Museum's own greenhouse!

It's that time of year again! Iron Horse Hobby trains will be on display in our Auditorium, and, beginning this week, our very own home-grown poinsettia plants will be on sale in the Atrium.

In your Thanksgiving holiday travels, be sure to stop by The Museum Shop and pick up a beautiful plant (or two — or more!), grown from seed in our very own greenhouse! Each plant is vibrant and full, planted in an 10-inch container, and makes a great gift at $25.

Take one along to your next holiday gathering — it's a perfect Thanksgiving Day centerpiece! Proceeds benefit The Museum's Arboretum programs. And, if you're a Museum Member, you'll get 10% off your purchase (on this and all Museum Shop merchandise).

While you're here, be sure to check out all the other unique items in our Shop, including handcrafted items by local and regional artisans, and special gifts you'll find nowhere else. We're on the ground floor, main entrance and open Museum Hours: Daily 11-5 (closed December 24 and 25 and January 1, open December 31 from 11-4). No admission fee to Shop.

November 29, 2013: Extra Planetarium Shows Announced for Black Friday

On Friday, November 29, we added a few extra shows to our regular weekday schedule! It's a great place to take a break in your holiday shopping (or to avoid the madness entirely!). Here's the lineup for that afternoon:

12 p.m. -  Animals of the Sky (one of our NEW shows)
1 p.m. - The Enchanted Reef
2 p.m. - Season of Light
3 p.m. - Animals of the Sky
4 p.m. - Two Small Pieces of Glass

And don't forget our usual Floyd Final Friday lineup, later that evening:

7 p.m. -  Sonic Vision
8 p.m. -  Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
9 p.m. - Pink Floyd: The Wall
10 p.m. - Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here

Prices for Star and Music Shows: $8.00 Adults (18-64); $6.00 Seniors/Children/Students (w/id); FREE for Children 3 and under and Museum Members.

Tickets for Star Shows must be purchased at The Museum Admission Desk prior to the show.

Tickets for Floyd Final Fridays shows must be purchased at The Neag Planetarium and are available for sale starting at 6 p.m. the night of the show.


November 28, 2013: Holiday Hours

On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, The Museum and Neag Planetarium will be closed, and will reopen on Friday, November 29 for the usual 11-5 hours. Stop by this weekend for a unique gift from our Shop, a beautiful poinsettia plant grown in our greenhouse, a Star Show in the Planetarium, a look at our fun and fascinating current exhibitions, or a relaxing stroll with your family in our Arboretum.

December 05, 2013: Good Grief! Jazz Under the Stars Tonight!

Every “first Thursday” of the month, the Neag Planetarium at the Reading Public Museum presents live jazz featuring a variety of local, regional and national artists in the area’s most unique venue. The series, “Jazz Under the Stars,” lets you enjoy great musical performances while experiencing the visually stunning images on the theatre’s dome above.

In addition, the newly renovated foyer have food and beverages available for purchase, provided by VIVÁ Bistro & Tapas Lounge, as well as a spacious area with seating and tables. Plus, while you are enjoying food and conversation in this area, you’ll be able to see the musicians on our digital screens and hear them on the Planetarium’s sound system

This month – The Cartoon Christmas Trio (back by popular demand!)


“Jazz Under the Stars” is presented by by Hair On The Avenue, with the additional support of the 23rd annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest and the Berks Arts Council.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m. Price is $20 per person, payable at the door or in advance. Get your tickets now!!! Call 610-371-5850 x230 to reserve.


December 07, 2013: Crafts for Kids This Saturday!

Kids, on Saturday, December 7, from noon 'til 4 p.m., get into the holiday spirit with these special days just for you!  Make cards to send your friends, gifts for your family and ornaments to decorate your house. Participation in the day’s activities is $2 plus the price of admission.


December 11, 2013: Our "American Impressionism" Exhibition -- On the Road

The Reading Public Museum has an active Traveling Exhibitions program — we rent portions of our Collections to other museums and art galleries. Here’s an interview about our “American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony,” currently on view at the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, Michigan:
http://wkar.org/post/jackson-museum-explores-american-impressionism

December 14, 2013: "Crafts for Kids" This Saturday!

Kids, get into the holiday spirit with these special days just for you!

Make cards to send your friends, gifts for your family and ornaments to decorate your house. Participation in the day’s activities is $2 plus the price of admission.

Homemade Gifts - December 14, 12–4 p.m.

Too young to babysit to earn money to buy gifts? Then join us as we make simple yet thoughtful gifts that will be appreciated by that special someone.

January 09, 2014: Star Shows Up and Running!

We've fixed the technical difficulties at the Neag Planetarium, and regular weekday and Sunday Planetarium Shows are up and running! Thanks for your patience!


February 20, 2014: Toast to the Past This Thursday!

5:30-7:00 p.m. -- Start the evening with a wine tasting, then move into the galleries for a unique look at the collections. Hear stories like how Museum purchases went down with the Titanic, learn how we acquired our mummy and see vessels that held wine over 2,000 years ago. You are sure to view the collections in a different light after this new series!

Tonight’s Program: Be My Valentine: A Look at The Museum’s Romantic Collections


For more info, check our Web site or call 610-371-5850 x223.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Minimum of 20 paid participants to run. Reservation deadline: one week prior to event Cost: $10 each

This special adult program is for Members only! (21 and older with valid ID)

January 17, 2014: Current Exhibition Sparks Imaginations

The Reading Public Museum presents "Electricity," featuring a classic set of sixteen hands-on interactive displays which engage you in the exploration of the fundamental properties of electricity. It’s a great complement to our Dora and Diego – Let’s Explore! exhibition, opening in February. You’ll learn about and safely explore such concepts as static electricity and live current; motors, batteries and wires; attraction and repulsion; sparks, charge and discharge; voltage, AC and DC; magnetic fields and magnetic motion; lights, telegraphs and transmitters, and more. On display through Spring, 2014. Learn more by zapping HERE.

This exhibition is presented locally by Edge Insights.

January 14, 2014: Arboretum Assistants Need Your Assistance!

The Reading Public Museum Arboretum Assistants program is gearing up for the 2014 season, and is currently accepting new volunteers to help in the beautification and upkeep of The Museum’s 25 acres. With this winter’s zero degree temperatures (sub-zero degree wind chill factors) and piles of dirty snow on the ground, the warmth of spring can’t come soon enough! The Reading Public Museum Arboretum Committee is now eagerly preparing for the 2014 growing season. We have a greenhouse full of early spring seedlings that are maturing and awaiting warmer weather.

The Committee is currently looking for new volunteers to join our enthusiastic group of “veteran gardeners.” Each year, the number of projects at the Arboretum increases as does the need for additional volunteers. Gardening sessions are Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon beginning in early April through the end of October, 2014. As in the past, we are asking volunteers to commit to the equivalent of two Wednesday mornings per month (or approximately 14 weeks). The Wednesdays will be of your own choosing with advanced sign-ups requested. Penn State Master Gardeners serve as Arboretum supervisors and will be working by your side, directing tasks and offering instruction for each work session. You will only be asked to accept tasks physically comfortable for you.

We ask all prospective Arboretum Assistants to attend two training/informational sessions. These will be held Wednesday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 19 at 9 a.m. at The Museum. To register for this exciting volunteer opportunity or to request additional information, contact Chris Heiser, Volunteer Coordinator, by February 18, 2014 at either chrish408@comcast.net or by telephone at 610-371-5850, x239 (leave a message).

Thank you from the Arboretum Committee:

Ken Heiser (chairman), Sandie Baker, Beth Finlay, Gerry Gobright, Chris Heiser, Deb Koch, Marydel O’Flaherty, Dory Peterson, Mark Priebe, Bill Reidel, Barbara Rowley, Jim Smoker, and Georgene Wenrich.


January 24, 2014: Tee Off Time This Friday!

The First Annual “Golfin’ in the Galleries” premieres next Friday, January 24, from 7-11 p.m.! Gather up your foursome of duffers, drinkers and devourers for this great new event, sponsored by Capital Blue Cross.

Stoudt’s Brewing Company is partnering with The Museum to host a beer tasting of their amazing Lagers and Ales while you putt-putt past Peale and Picasso!

 Plus, you’ll enjoy great food by ViVÁ Bistro and Tapas Lounge, Pig Pit, Mayo’s Classic Catering and Sweet Connection, as well as a cash bar for cocktails and wine by ViVÁ!



Cost is $400 per foursome ($550 for foursome plus hole sponsorship). You can register by contacting Lindsay Crist at 610-371-5850 x230 or lindsay.crist@readingpublicmuseum.org by Monday, January 20, 2014.






January 25, 2014: Golfin' In the Galleries Family Day

This Saturday, January 25, noon to 4 p.m., we're teaming up with Capital BlueCross for a special event designed to keep kids and their families physically active this winter season — “Golfing in the Galleries — Family Day.”

Families can spend a fun afternoon playing 18 holes of miniature golf right in The Museum’s galleries — practicing their putting while learning about The Museum collection, iconic miniature golf holes, and famous golf courses from around the world.
Hole titles include Stained Glass; The Pope’s Kingdom; Raising of Lazarus; Can I Get An Amen?; The Balloon; The Laundress; The Bear Trap; Mountain Range; Wind Power; The Big Top; Ojos del Salado; The Land Before Time; Birdie Fest; Crash Landing; Pirate’s Cove; The Blue Monster; Gone Fishin’; and Scotland’s Road Hole.

Prizes, including gift certificates to Berkshire Country Club, Manor Golf Club, Sittler Golf Center and Schell’s Miniature Golf will be offered. The cost to play is $5 per ball plus regular Museum admission fee. Admission to The Museum for Members is always free.



January 27, 2014: Our Touring Exhibition Gets Attention!

One of our great Touring Exhibitions, "American Impressionism," just opened at the Peninsula Art Center in Newport News, Virgina. Here's a link to a news story, published on January 25, 2014, and written by Teresa Annas of The Virginian-Pilot:

http://hamptonroads.com/2014/01/impressionists-vive-l%E2%80%99am%C3%A9rique

February 06, 2014: "Jazz Under the Stars" Tonight!

On February 6, starting at 7  p.m., enjoy a tribute to gypsy jazz great Django Reinhardt by a talented ensemble, Djangoholics Anonymous.

Every “first Thursday” of the month, the Neag Planetarium at the Reading Public Museum presents live jazz featuring a variety of local, regional and national artists in the area’s most unique venue. The series, “Jazz Under the Stars,” lets you enjoy great musical performances while experiencing the visually stunning images on the theatre’s dome above.

In addition, the newly renovated foyer have food and beverages available for purchase, provided by VIVÁ Bistro & Tapas Lounge, as well as a spacious area with seating and tables. Plus, while you are enjoying food and conversation in this area, you’ll be able to see the musicians on our digital screens and hear them on the Planetarium’s sound system

“Jazz Under the Stars” is presented by by Hair On The Avenue, with the additional support of the 23rd annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest and the Berks Arts Council.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m. Price is $20 per person, payable at the door or in advance. Get your tickets now!!! Call 610-371-5850 x230 to reserve.


April 15, 2014: RPM Business Breakfast This Tuesday

THIRD TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH - Now Members Only! Join us for breakfast before work in one of our unique gallery spaces. Chat with John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO, network with other business professionals and learn about the Museum’s collection all while enjoying hot coffee and a light breakfast. Now for Members only -- call Lindsay Crist for a guest pass or to become a Member today! 

Today’s Feature: Dora and Diego: Let's Explore

RSVP to lindsay.crist@readingpublicmuseum.org or at 610-371-5850 x230. Free for Reading Area business professionals with your company business card. Space is limited, so make your reservation now!








February 20, 2014: "One Tank Trip" Features Dora and Diego

WFMZ's Karin Millett visited The Museum yesterday and feature our new exhibition on her "One Tank Trip" segment. Click here to watch! Thanks, Karin!

March 20, 2014: Toast to the Past This Thursday!

Third Thursday of Each Month - April 17, 5:30 - 7 p.m. This special adult program is for Members only! (21 and older with valid ID) Start the evening with an adult beverage tasting, then move into the galleries for a unique look at the Collections.

Tonight's Program: April Showers Bring The Museum’s Flowers


For more info, call 610-371-5850 x223. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Minimum of 20 paid participants to run. Reservation deadline: one week prior to event.

Cost: $10 Each night/Guests of Members: $15 each
For all 5 (inc. February, March, April, May and June) - $45 - Members/$70 Non-Members

Sponsored by Assured Assistance







March 22, 2014: Cub Scout Day This Saturday!

Cub Scouts! Join us on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from Noon to 5 p.m. for your special day.

Weather Workshop - Noon - 2 p.m
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Earn your Weather Belt Loop and Academics Pin (not included), build a rain gauge, make a weather vane and more!

Geology Workshop - 3-5 p.m.
Play a part in the rock cycle, learn how to test for hardness, tour our extensive rock, mineral and fossil collection.
Earn your Geology Belt Loop and Academics Pin (not included).

Each workshop is $12/Scout. $6/adult unless otherwise specified. Registration is required -- contact Jaq at 610-371-5850 x227 or j.accetta@readingpublicmuseum.org.


April 08, 2014: Members: Join us for a Purchase Party!

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 5:30-7:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:15 p.m.),take part, exclusively with other Museum Members, 
in choosing a work of art by one of the Old Masters 
for The Museum’s Permanent Collection. Scott Schweigert, our Curator of Art and Civilization and expert on Old Masters, will provide historical backgrounds and present the possibilities to be added to our collection.

Vote for your favorite work with your dollars and ours. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while you make your decision. Cost: $20 – Includes $100 in “Mengel Dollars.”

R.S.V.P. to Lindsay Crist at 610-371-5850 x230 by 4/4/14




March 14, 2014: "Museum RoadShow" on the Air

The Spring edition of our quarterly show on BCTV has aired on Friday, March 14, and is available for viewing in their program archives at http://www.bctv.org/videos/museum-roadshow/html_04d881a6-c1a2-55b8-aeb0-d75130dc4d97.html
This edition features a "mini-tour" of parts of the Dora and Diego - Let's Explore! exhibition, and an interview with ceramic artist Wayne Higby.

Many thanks to BCTV's Ambur Bernhard for her camera work and editing, and to the Kuhn Funeral Home for underwriting our program.


March 29, 2014: "Icons of British Sculpture" Opens This Saturday

Opening March 29 in our Cohen Modern and Contemporary Gallery, this engaging exhibition features works from some of the twentieth century’s most well known British sculptors including: Henry Moore (1898 – 1986), Barbara Hepworth (1903 – 1975), Lynn Chadwick (1914 – 2003), Kenneth Armitage (1916 – 2002), Anthony Caro (1924 – 2013), and Barry Flanagan (1941 – 2009). Mostly small scale works, including a group of maquettes or studies for much larger compositions, will be examined. These small works reveal how many of these artists expressed their initial sculptural ideas. Additional works on paper by several of the artist will also be included in the show. Nearly twenty works on loan from private collectors will be on view.

Can't get enough British art? The Allentown Art Museum is now featuring "Pop Prints"


March 26 through June 22 in the Allentown Art Museum's Payne Hurd Gallery — Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the musical “British Invasion,” this exhibition highlights twenty three (about one-tenth) of the Museum’s extensive holdings of British Pop prints. Although pop art is most commonly associated with Americans such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, it was actually a British invention, dating to 1956, five years earlier than American pop. None of these prints—by major figures in British pop art including David Hockney, Peter Phillips, Patrick Caulfield, Eduardo Paolozzi, and Peter Blake (designer of the cover art for the Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)—have been exhibited in at least a decade, and some have not been exhibited ever at the Allentown Art Museum. For info, see http://www.allentownartmuseum.org/exhibition/british-pop-prints


April 20, 2014: Easter - A Museum Tradition Continues

On Easter Sunday, April 20, bring your family and enjoy a special day at The Museum. For details, CLICK HERE.