October 16, 2014: History Happy Hour This Thursday!
On Thursday, December 18, 5:30 - 7 p.m., join us for tonight's presentation, "Let it Snow"

Start the evening with an adult beverage tasting, then move into the galleries for a unique look at the collections. Hear stories from The Museum's past and get an insider's look at objects seldom, if ever, on exhibit. This  special adult program is for guests 21 and older, reservations are required.

Cost: Members $10 each; Non-Members: $15 each

Minimum of 20 paid participants to run.

Sponsored by Assured Assistance. Additional Promotional Support by: The Barley Mow, Chatty Monks, Chef Alan’s, 3rd and Spruce Cafe and the Peanut Bar.


October 23, 2014: "One Tank Trip" Features Jelly Belly Exhibition
WFMZ-TV's Karin Mallett presented her "One Tank Trip" feature on our current exhibition, "Jelly Belly - Endangered Species Series." Check it out here. Thanks, Karin!


November 21, 2014: Perennial Garden Selected as a "Garden of Distinction"
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has selected the Garden Club of Reading's work on the Reading Public Museum's Perennial Garden as a "Garden of Distinction" as a result of their 2014 PHS Gardening and Greening Contest. The PHS recognizes that neighborhoods are greatly enhanced by greening and beautifying efforts, and will celebrate the local Garden Club's accomplishments at an Awards Ceremony that will be held at the 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, "Celebrate the Movies" (February 28 - March 8).

The Reading Garden Club's work was selected from over 350 entries, and recognizes the Club's accomplishment for motivating people to improve the quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture — specifically in the category of "Public Spaces – Gardens." A commemorative garden sign recognizing their achievement will eventually be placed in the Perennial Garden.

The Garden Club of Reading (celebrating its 50th anniversary on September 14, 2015) was assembled in 1965 by Mary Lawrence, a plant-growing enthusiast. In September 1983, The Museum's Director at the time presented the idea of installing a garden at The Museum and a year later, the proposal was a success. These aesthetically beautiful gardens, located on the North side of the Arboretum, are collectively call the "Perennial Garden" and are enjoyed by visitors daily. The gardens have become a location for celebrations such as baptisms and weddings, providing a colorful backdrop to capture photographic memories.

Throughout the years, club members have worked hard to maintain their award-winning gardens and the positive feedback from Museum visitors motivates them to keep working. The local club holds different programs for junior gardeners and senior citizens, including flower shows and design classes held at the nearby Wyomissing Library. Fundraisers are also a big part of the club. One of them, "Gardens on Parade," is a tour of area gardens held every two years. The next tour will be June 13, 2015.


December 11, 2014: Home-grown Poinsettia Plants for Sale!
HUGE poinsettia plants, grown right here in our own greenhouse! WOW, look at the size of these guys!!! Pick one (or more) up in our Museum Shop (open 11-5 daily) for only $25 each!


December 24, 2014: Our Holiday Schedule
The Reading Public Museum and Neag Planetarium will be closed to the public on Wednesday, December 24, Thursday, December 25 and Thursday, January 1. The Museum will be open on Wednesday, December 31 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., with Star Shows at teh Planetarium at 12, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.