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April 25, 2014: Senior Series This Friday at 1:30 p.m.
You’re never too old to learn! (and all are welcome) Come 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.

Today’s Program: Infinite Place: IHLENFELD/BERTOIA: An Artistic Friendship

Free with Museum admission (FREE for Members). Sponsored by Assured Assistance

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April 25, 2014: Floyd Final Friday This Week
On Friday, April 25, 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.




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May 03, 2014: Own a Bloomin' Piece of The Museum
On Saturday, May 3, 2014, 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 well as a selection of hardy perennials from a local nursery, as a fundraiser for The Museum. Spring is a great time for sprucing up your garden, and for you to own a piece of the historical and beautiful Museum grounds. This rain-or-shine event will take place at the greenhouse located on Parkside Drive South.

Tours of the Arboretum and the recently renovated greenhouse will also be available, and Arboretum Assistants will be on hand to answer questions about plants and/or the Arboretum. In addition, a selection of duplicate and redundant books from The Museum's library will be sold at this event.

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April 26, 2014: Second Floor Galleries Closing a Tad Early This Saturday
This Saturday, April 26, our Second Floor Galleries will be closing at 4:30 p.m. to accommodate a private event. (This includes the Dora and Diego - Let's Explore exhibition.) Sorry for any inconveniences.

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May 01, 2014: Jazz Series Season Ends on May Day, But the Music Plays On!
The final “Jazz Under the Stars” concert for the 2013-14 series features the popular group “The Jazz 5 Pack,” and will be held in the Neag Planetarium on Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. Considered the area’s “Jazz Space,” the Neag Planetarium at the Reading Public Museum offers live jazz every first Thursday of each month, featuring a variety of local, regional and national artists in the area’s most unique venue. The audience enjoys great musical performances while experiencing the visually stunning images on the theatre’s dome above. The 2014-15 series is slated to begin on Thursday, September 4.

The Jazz 5 Pack is an instrumental group of musicians from the Philadelphia, Lancaster and Reading areas. They play beautiful and timeless melodies from the Great American Songbook, as well as bebop from the 1940s — featuring the music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Miles Davis, Benny Golson, Duke Ellington and many more of the other prolific composers from this exciting time in music history. The band includes co-leaders Rob Diener on trumpet and John Loos on trombone, as well as Paul Gallello on drums, John Clionsky on keyboards, and Bob Whit on bass.

The regular “Jazz Under the Stars” series is presented by Hair On The Avenue, with the additional support of the 25th annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest and the Berks Arts Council. Food and beverages by ViVÁ Bistro & Tapas Lounge. 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. Call 610-371-5850 x230 for ticket reservations (strongly suggested — limited seating in the theatre area).

The Music Plays On!

Music at The Museum will continue throughout spring and summer with the 52nd Annual Museum Concert Series, presented by First National Bank, with musical concerts on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Independence Day! The Reading Public Museum is always filled with good things to see and on these special holidays, it is also filled with amazing things to hear! All of these concerts are presented free of charge thanks to the support of First National Bank.

Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 11
– Enjoy a special program of music by The Reading Philharmonic Orchestra on the Stone Terrace in The Museum’s Arboretum. This performance is presented from 4:30–6:30 p.m., rain or shine. Audience members can bring their lawn chairs in case the limited audience seating under the tent is full. It’s part of a special day — Moms get into The Museum (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) for 1/2 price with paid admission for one child of any age. Members are always free. Seating for the concert available beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Father’s Day – Sunday, June 15 – Join us on the Stone Terrace for a concert by the Ringgold Band. This show is presented from 4:30–6:30 p.m., rain or shine. Again, audience members can bring their lawn chairs in case the limited audience seating under the tent is full. This concert is also part of a special day — Dads get into The Museum (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) for 1/2 price with paid admission for one child of any age. Members are always free. Seating for the concert available beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Independence Day – Friday, July 4 – Celebrate the holiday with The Museum’s 2nd annual “Red White & Blues” Celebration in the Stone Terrace tent! Get a great parking space, enjoy food & drinks and a special performance by the Lehigh Valley’s finest, The James Supra Blues Band. Plus after the show, enjoy the fireworks next door at the West Reading Playground. “Doors” open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m. Food and beverages are provided by ViVÁ Bistro and Tapas Lounge and will be available for purchase. (The Museum is not open.)

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