Join the Reading Public Museum as we tour other attractions in the area! We take care of the transportation, tickets, and food. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy! Advanced registration is required, see below for events and dates.
A Day with Jamie Wyeth and Wharton Esherick
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - Bus Departs RPM lot at 8:30 a.m.
Spend a day with Jamie Wyeth and Wharton Esherick as you travel to the Brandywine Valley. Out first stop of the day will be to The Brandywine River Museum for a guided tour of the special exhibition Jamie Wyeth. This exhibition is the first major retrospective of the art of Jamie Wyeth (born 1946). Featuring 109 works, Jamie Wyeth examines six decades of the artist's career and charts the evolution of his creative process from his earliest childhood drawings through recurring themes inspired by the people, places and objects that populate his world. After our guided tour of the exhibition guests will have the opportunity to view the rest of the collection on a self-guided tour. We will depart The Brandywine River Museum and head to Brandywine Prime at the Chadds Ford Inn where we will eat lunch in the historic inn. Our final stop of the day will be to the Wharton Esherick Museum. Wharton Esherick (1887-1970) was a sculptor who worked primarily in wood, readily extending his unique forms to furniture, furnishings, utensils, interiors, buildings and more. His motto, "if it isn't fun, it isn't worth doing," is evident in the joyful expression of his work, inviting the eye and the hand. A National Historic Landmark for Architecture, his hilltop studio/residence, with more than 200 of his works on exhibition, has been preserved much as it was when the artist lived and worked there.
©Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946); A Murder of Crows, 2003, oil on canvas. Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth Collection
Cost: $120 for Members; $150 for Non-Members
There are NO REFUNDS for cancellations* Cost includes: transportation, lunch, museum visits, and tours. Reservations required by February 17, 2015. To make your reservation call Wendy Koller at 610-371-5850 x223
Member EXCLUSIVE – Behind the Scenes at Sotheby's NYC
Monday April 20, 2015 - Bus Departs RPM lot at 7:00 a.m.
Join the Reading Public Museum on this exclusive trip to Sotheby's New York! Our day will start with a guided tour of the American Art Exhibition, led by expert staff at Sotheby's. This exhibition features works that Sotheby's will offer for sale later in the week which include a rich array of American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture from the 19th and 20th centuries, including examples by Grandma Moses, Charles Burchfield and Norman Rockwell. The sale will also include a strong offering of 19th Century American genre paintings, including a wonderful example by Thomas Waterman Wood. Following our tour we will enjoy a catered lunch in the Board Room at Sotheby's NYC. After lunch we will have a private tour of the Magnificent Jewels exhibition, featuring the highest quality of diamonds, colored stones, and natural pearls. This exhibition includes the best examples of rare period and signed pieces. These pieces will be offered for sale the next day.
Cost: $150 for Members
There are NO REFUNDS for cancellations* Cost includes: transportation, lunch, auction house visit, and tours. Reservations required by March 20, 2015. To make your reservation call Wendy Koller at 610-371-5850 x223
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - Bus Departs RPM lot at 9:00 a.m.
Spend the day discovering a Pennsylvania you never knew existed! Our first stop will be to the newly restored Historic Hellam Preserve. Dedicated to educational, environmental, and ecological concerns, the mission of this site is to protect and preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of the Germans who participated in the settlement of Lancaster County's eastern frontier. Historic Hellam Preserve is an old farm consisting of a limestone bank barn (c. 1800-1810), a spring house (c. 1790-1810), a farm house (built in the last half of the 19th century) and the focal point, a log house (c. 1758).Learn more about how an "abandoned building" turned out to be a historic German-style house as you hear about the architecture, history, and preservation of this 1750s log house in a presentation given by one of the founding members of the preserve. Plus get a tour of the grounds and galleries of this 23-acre site. Following the tour you will receive a private catered luncheon at Historic Hellam Preserve. After lunch we will continue to explore another undiscovered local treasure. Check our Web site for more details!
Cost: $110 for Members; $140 for Non-Members
There are NO REFUNDS for cancellations* Cost includes: transportation, lunch, all visits, and tours. Reservations required by April 15, 2015. To make your reservation call Wendy Koller at 610-371-5850 x223
*Should The Museum need to cancel the trip due to inclement weather a full refund will be issued.
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