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Whether you’re planning your dream wedding, a casual party, or a corporate fundraiser, host your unforgettable event with RPM.

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Whatever your occasion, The Reading Public Museum can serve as a prestigious venue rich in beauty and history. Several unique areas can be customized for your event, including the Atrium, the Second Floor Galleries, and the Auditorium. 


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Children can celebrate birthdays in style with activity-filled theme parties in The Museum or The Neag Planetarium. Your guests could embark on a learning adventure as a knight or a princess, make a mummy or a rocket, or enjoy one of our other exciting options.


Limited time only — It's Party Time, Dude!

Year-round Museum Birthday Parties

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The Neag Planetarium’s state-of-the-art audio and video systems can create a serene setting for a wedding under the stars or a pulse-pounding dance party with incredible lighting effects. This distinctive venue is a stellar choice for any event.

 

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The lush RPM Arboretum is a spectacular locale for even the most elegant affairs. Bask in the majesty of nature in 25 acres of beautifully maintained trees and flowers. Host your event under our Stone Terrace Tent a mere stone’s throw from the Wyomissing Creek.


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Looking for a unique way to strengthen the camaraderie of your staff? The Reading Public Museum has it all! Nurture the bond among your employees in an intimate setting at one of Berks County’s greatest treasures.

 

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The day you pledge your life to another will forever remain in your memory and in your heart, so choosing the perfect venue is essential. Make your wedding day even more special with RPM’s exquisite settings and world-class service.


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From fundraising galas to employee appreciation celebrations, RPM’s experienced, courteous event staff will collaborate with you throughout the entire planning process to ensure that your corporate event is a resounding success.


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There are plenty of things in life worth celebrating, and RPM’s versatile facilities offer many customizable options for anniversaries, graduations, retirements, and more.


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Stone Terrace with Catering Tent

With views of the Wyomissing Creek, RPM’s lush botanical gardens, and the majestic Atrium of The Museum, our 40’ x 80’ tent will seat up to 175 people with space for a dance floor. The Stone Terrace is available for bookings from April through October.


Capacity

200 seated at tables
400 standing

Availability

All day, every day of the week

Size

3,200 sq ft
Floor Plan

Rate

$3,500

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Ground Floor Atrium

The vaulted glass ceiling and majestic marble staircase of The Museum Atrium are the epitome of elegance, making this an ideal location for wedding ceremonies, speaking engagements, concerts, cocktail receptions, and intimate dinner parties.


Capacity

80 seated at tables
140 seated theatre-style

Availability

Every day of the week starting at 5pm

Size

2,800 sq ft
Floor Plan

Rate

$1,350

First Floor of Museum

Recommended for cocktail parties and formal receptions, The Museum’s First Floor is home to magnificent displays from all over the world. Guests will have plenty to discuss as they admire cultural and scientific artifacts collected over the past century.


Capacity

100 seated at tables
250 standing

Availability

Every day of the week, starting at 5pm

Size

13,325 sq ft
Floor Plan

Rate

$1,350

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Second Floor of Museum

The Museum’s Second Floor Galleries “decorate themselves” thanks to hundreds of oil paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts on display. Your guests will relish a private opportunity to explore the magnificence of The Museum's permanent collections.


Capacity

250 seated at tables
400 standing

Availability

Every day of the week, starting at 5pm

Size

7,645 sq ft
Floor Plan

Rate

$2,500

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Second Floor Founders' Gallery

One of the most striking areas of The Museum, the Founder’s Gallery features beautiful artwork and stained glass windows that bathe the room in a symphony of color. This opulent room is best suited to smaller formal affairs.


Capacity

100 seated at tables
200 seated theatre-style

Availability

Every day of the week starting at 5pm

Size

2,005 sq ft
Floor Plan

Rate

$800

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Neag Planetarium

Treat your guests to an enchanting celebration under the stars with our state-of-the-art audio and visual technologies. Equipped with a modern catering kitchen, this fascinating venue adds convenience and charisma to any occasion.


Capacity

250 seated at tables
300 standing

Availability

Anytime
Mon. – Sat., Sundays starting at 5pm

Size

Chamber: 1,256 sq ft
Lobby:
3,121 sq ft
Floor Plan

Rate

$2,500

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Wedding Ceremony in the Arboretum

Proudly proclaim your love to the world with a wedding ceremony in the RPM Arboretum. Gorgeous trees and flowers create a stunning backdrop for the joining of two lives, and your guests will enjoy a relaxing day surrounded by nature.


Capacity

A $2 charge per guest / chair will be applied (50 complimentary).

Availability

All day, every day of the week

Size


Floor Plan

Rate

$1,000

Ground Floor Auditorium

A venue with amazing versatility, the RPM Auditorium is equipped with its own sound system, podium, microphone, large projection screen, and computerized lighting system. The room’s minimal decoration invites you to craft the ideal look for your affair.


Capacity

80 seated at tables
175 seated theatre-style

Availability

All day, every day of the week

Size

1,287 sq ft
Floor Plan

Rate

$550

Capacities may vary based on current exhibitions. Food and beverage are permitted in most spaces, with some restrictions. A Museum security guard will be present for all after-hours and weekend events in The Museum, Stone Terrace and Planetarium.

Choosing a venue is just the beginning. We can help with the rest!

The Museum's preferred caterers provide world-class dining experiences.

RPM's Preferred Caterers

The rates listed above reflect a three (3) hour rental. You may extend your rental at a rate of $225 per hour. Please note that Stone Terrace rentals include the entire day of your event.

Additional Rates and Discounts

All rentals include complimentary use of six (6) tables, 50 folding chairs, and trash cans with liners. The Stone Terrace Tent will come equipped with window siding for the entire perimeter, as well as basic string lights.

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The Reading Public Museum proudly partners with several local event and wedding professionals. Everything from music to flowers – we’ve got you covered! Explore their many packages and services, but most importantly, their 100% commitment to the success of your event.

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The reviews are in…

An outstanding venue for a staff retreat. The exhibits provided stimulating entertainment and educational opportunities. The staff was exceptionally knowledgeable and most helpful in planning the event.

Alvernia University
Event held September 2015

My husband and I had our ceremony in Trudy's Garden and our reception under the Tent. It is such a beautiful location. Everything was absolutely amazing. The entire Museum staff was incredible and so helpful throughout the entire process. I would highly recommend The Museum to anyone looking for a wedding venue.

Nicole & Brian
Married May 2016

An elegant event in an elegant setting. There was something for everyone: art, interactive exhibits for children, beautiful gardens, etc. The staff was easy to deal with and exceptionally helpful. Thanks to everyone for helping us host a spectacular event that we will always remember!

Mary Ellen & Joan
Married June 2016

I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful setting for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary! The evening was wonderful and everything went smoothly.

J. Flannery
Event held August 2016

Working with the Reading Public Museum for our wedding was so easy! The venue is gorgeous, and I knew we would be in good hands. From the planning to the day-of, [the staff] was always extremely responsive and helpful. Our guests loved having an interactive cocktail hour in The Museum, and dancing under the stars in the Planetarium is something no one will forget. I highly recommend it!!

Heather & Ali
Married September 2016

A fantastic event planning experience for a venue that ALL of our guests praised as warm, welcoming, and beautiful!

Reading Health Physician Network
Event held December 2016

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