Museum Events

Private Rental

January 24, 2015

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 4-10:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

February 21, 2015

Museum Atrium reserved for private event from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 5:30-11:00 p.m.

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A Good Celebration of Good Taste

February 26, 2015

Step back in time, journey across a ocean or peek into another culture in style. The Reading Public Museum offers you this alluring series of sophisticated dining opportunities. We will stir the senses by pairing the culinary talents of some of the area's best chefs, restaurants, and catering experts with artworks and objects from The Museum's collections and special exhibitions.

Each evening in this series will feature unique gallery talks, delicious cuisine, theme-related presentations and beverage pairings all within a distinctive gallery setting. Reserve your seat now for these memorable experiences.

Space is very limited so for any questions or more info please call Lindsay Crist at 610-371-5850 x230.

Tonight's Event: Celebrating the Covers of Rolling Stone Magazine with Backstage Pass: Baron Wolma and the Early Years of Rolling Stone with food and drink from Mayo's Classic Catering

Dinner Series supported by Maggs & Associates and Merill Lynch

Event Time: 5:30 p.m.

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Private Rental

March 14, 2015

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 5-11:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

March 21, 2015

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 4-10:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

April 11, 2015

Trudy's Garden reserved for private event from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 3:30-10:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

April 18, 2015

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 6-10:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

April 25, 2015

Perennial Garden reserved for private event from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 3:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

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April 25, 2015

Certain sections of Arboretum reserved for private event from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Event Time: 2-6:00 pm

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Private Rental

May 02, 2015

Stone Terrace reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 4-10:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

May 02, 2015

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 4-10:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

May 09, 2015

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 4-10:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

May 16, 2015

Perennial Garden reserved for private event from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 3:30-11:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

May 30, 2015

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 4-10:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

May 30, 2015

Stone Terrace reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 5-10:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

June 06, 2015

Perennial Garden reserved for private event from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 3-9:30

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Private Rental

June 06, 2015

Perennial Garden reserved for private event from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  Stone Terrace reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 4:30 pm - 12:00 am

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Private Rental

June 13, 2015

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 5-10:00

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Private Rental

June 13, 2015

Perennial Garden reserved for private event from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Event Time: 2-6:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

June 20, 2015

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 4-6:00 pm

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A Celebration of Good Taste

June 25, 2015

Step back in time, journey across a ocean or peek into another culture in style. The Reading Public Museum offers you this alluring series of sophisticated dining opportunities. We will stir the senses by pairing the culinary talents of some of the area's best chefs, restaurants, and catering experts with artworks and objects from The Museum's collections and special exhibitions.

Each evening in this series will feature unique gallery talks, delicious cuisine, theme-related presentations and beverage pairings all within a distinctive gallery setting. Reserve your seat now for these memorable experiences.

Space is very limited so for any questions or more info please call Lindsay Crist at 610-371-5850 x230.

Tonight's Event: Celebrating the Renaissance with Secrets of Mona Lisa and Renaissance Art with food and drink from Panevino

Dinner Series supported by Maggs & Associates and Merill Lynch

Event Time: 5:30 p.m.

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Private Rental

June 27, 2015

Perennial Garden reserved for private event from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Stone Terrace reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 4-10:00 pm

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Private Rental

July 11, 2015

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 4-10:00 pm

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Private Rental

July 20, 2015

The Museum, Neag Planetarium and Stone Terrace are reserved for a private event from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Event Time: 5-9:00 pm

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Private Rental

August 01, 2015

Certain sections of Arboretum reserved for private event from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 5-10:30 pm

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Arboretum Adult Education Program

August 26, 2014

Join us in the Arboretum for a variety of learning opportunities presented by Master Gardeners, avid horticulturists, and other industry specialists.

For more info, check our Web site or call 610-371-5850 x223

Cost: Free for Members; $5 for Non-Members
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Today's Program: What tree is that?
- There are 1,100 trees and shrubs on The Museum property; some were planted recently and some were planted at the time The Museum was started. Come join us on a tree walk and learn about the trees that are a part of the Arboretum and the basics of tree identification

Event Time: 1:30 p.m.

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Final Floyd Friday

August 29, 2014

On the last Friday of each month, check out exciting visuals set to music of classic rock acts like Pink Floyd!

7 p.m. - SonicVision
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 Music Show is $8 for adults and $6 for children, seniors and students. Members and children 3 and under are free.

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.

Event Time: 7, 8, 9 & 10 p.m.

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Private Rental

August 30, 2014

Perennial Garden reserved for private event from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 5-12:00 a.m.

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"Jazz Under the Stars" - Electric Mingus Trio

September 04, 2014

This "out of this world" series is back for another season! Enjoy live jazz by some of the region's best groups in an unmatched "atmosphere" -- the Neag Planetarium! Great musical performances are enhanced by visually stunning images on the theatre's dome above. Food and drinks are available for purchase, provided by ViVA Bistro and Tapas Lounge.

Tonight: The Electric Mingus Trio

No stranger to Berks County and worldwide jazz audiences, bassist Gerald Veasley returns to the “Jazz Space” with the trio version of his legendary “Electric Mingus Project.” This group interprets the work of legendary jazz composer, band leader and bassist Charles Mingus, a seminal figure in jazz music history. Mingus died in 1979. Joining Gerald onstage tonight will be Chris Farr on saxophone/EWI and Tony Miceli on vibes.

Cost for this special premiere: $30 (includes one complimentary wine or beer voucher)

There's limited seating under the dome, so pre-registration is strongly suggested. Call Lindsay Crist at 610-371-5850 x230.

Presented by Hair On The Avenue with the additional support of the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest and the Berks Arts Council.

Event Time: 7 p.m.

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Private Rental

September 04, 2014

Founder's Gallery reserved for private event from 4:30 to 9:30 pm.

Event Time: 4:30-9:30 pm

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Private Rental

September 05, 2015

Neag Planetarium reserved all day for private event.

Event Time: 4-10:00 pm

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Private Rental

September 06, 2014

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 4-9:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

September 06, 2014

Perennial Garden reserved for private event from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Stone Terrace reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 2-10:30 p.m.

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Private Rental

September 12, 2015

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 6-11:00 pm

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Second Annual "Night at the Museum"

September 13, 2014

Take a step back in time to celebrate The Museum and the opening of The Museum’s Call to Duty: World War Posters exhibition in conjunction with The American President and Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon exhibitions.

The Second Annual “Night at The Museum” will surely be one USO Party you do not want to miss! Like last year, the party will be throughout the galleries of The Museum and you can enjoy Big Band swing music under the tent at Stone Terrace while enjoying delicious bites and specialty drinks.

Continue to check the Web site for party updates, or contact Lindsay at lindsay.crist@readingpublicmuseum.org or 610-371-5850 x230.


Event Time: 7-11 p.m.

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Private Rental

September 13, 2014

Sections of Arboretum reserved for private event from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 3-10:00 p.m.

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RPM Business Breakfast

September 16, 2014

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 become a Member today!

Today's Feature:  Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon

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 soon!

Event Time: 7:30-8:30 a.m.

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History Happy Hour

September 18, 2014

Come out on "Thirsty Thursdays" for "History Happy Hour" at the Reading Public Museum. Relax and unwind as you learn about Museum Collections seldom ever seen by the public while socializing with friends and sipping on special beverages and tasting some of the area's best dishes.

Call 610-371-5850 x233 to reserve your spot for this event. Minimum participation of 20 paid participants. Must be 21 years or older to attend.

$10 for Members
$25 for Non-Members

Featured Objects: Patriotic and Military pieces
Featured Restaurant: ViVA
Featured Drink: Manhattans

Event Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m.

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Private Rental

September 19, 2015

Perennial Garden reserved for private event from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 4:30-11:00 pm

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Private Rental

September 19, 2014

Sections of Arboretum closed for private event from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Neag Planetarium closed for private event all day.

Event Time: 3-10:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

September 20, 2014

Neag Planetarium closed for private event all day.

Event Time: 6-11:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

September 20, 2014

2nd Floor of the Museum closed for private event from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Event Time: 5-10:00 p.m.

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Arboretum Adult Education Program

September 23, 2014

Join us in the Arboretum for a variety of learning opportunities presented by Master Gardeners, avid horticulturists, and other industry specialists.

For more info, check our Web site or call 610-371-5850 x223

Cost: Free for Members; $5 for Non-Members
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Today's Program:
So Just What is the Reading Public Museum’s Arboretum?  - Learn about the Arboretum with a tour of our grounds that features 1,100 trees and shrubs, five of Pennsylvania’s Champion trees, and numerous plantings of perennials and annuals. As you walk the paths of the park’s 25 acres, your guides will explain the history of the arboretum, identify some of the more interesting plant species within our 25 acres and explore the landscape concepts of some of the gardens and plantings scattered on both sides of the Wyomissing Creek.

Event Time: 1:30 p.m.

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Private Rental

September 26, 2015

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 4:30-10:30 pm

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Floyd Final Friday

September 26, 2014

On the last Friday of each month, check out exciting visuals set to music of classic rock acts like Pink Floyd!

7 p.m. - SonicVision
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 Music Show is $8 for adults and $6 for children, seniors and students. Members and children 3 and under are free.

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.

Event Time: 7, 8, 9 & 10 p.m.

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Private Rental

September 27, 2014

Trudy's Garden reserved for private event from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Stone Terrace reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 3-10:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

September 27, 2014

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 4-11:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

October 01, 2014

Atrium and Auditorium reserved for private event from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

Event Time: 5-9:00 pm

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Private Rental

October 02, 2014

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 5-9:00 pm

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Private Rental

October 03, 2015

Neag Planetarium reserved all day for a private event.

Event Time: 3-8:00 pm

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Private Rental

October 03, 2014

Founder's Gallery reserved for private event from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.

Event Time: 4-8:00 pm

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Private Rental

October 04, 2014

Trudy's Garden reserved for private event from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 3:30-11:30 p.m.

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"Jazz Under the Stars" - Dave Wilson Quartet

October 09, 2014

This “out of this world” series is back for another season! Enjoy live jazz by some of the region’s best groups in an unmatched “atmosphere” — the Neag Planetarium! Great musical performances are enhanced by visually stunning images on the theatre’s dome above. Food and drinks are available for purchase, provided by ViVA Bistro and Tapas Lounge.

Tonight: The Dave Wilson Quartet

Saxophonist Dave Wilson is recognized for his exciting improvisations, creative compositions and unique arrangements. He leads his own quartet whose recordings span jazz classics to pop tunes. His music has made the charts on over 35 stations nationwide. His current CD “Spiral” is his third solo release Dave’s band also includes Steve Rudolph, piano; Rob Swanson, bass, and Butch Reed, drums.

Cost: $20

There’s limited seating under the dome, so pre-registration is strongly suggested. Call Lindsay Crist at 610-371-5850 x230.

Presented by Hair On The Avenue with the additional support of the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest and the Berks Arts Council.

Event Time: 7 p.m.

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Private Rental

October 10, 2015

Perennial Garden reserved for private event from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Neag Planetarium reserved all day for a private event.

Event Time: 3-10:00 pm

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Private Rental

October 11, 2014

Perennial Garden reserved for private event from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Stone Terrace reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 3-10:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

October 11, 2014

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 4-10:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

October 17, 2015

Neag Planetarium reserved all day for a private event.

Event Time: 4-9:00 pm

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Private Rental

October 18, 2014

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 5-11:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

October 18, 2014

Trudy's Garden reserved for private event from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Event Time: 2-6:00 p.m.

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RPM Business Breakfast

October 21, 2014

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 become a Member today!

Today’s Feature: Call to Duty: World War Poster

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 soon!

Event Time: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

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Private Rental

October 24, 2015

Neag Planetarium reserved all day for a private event.

Event Time: 4-9:00 pm

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Private Rental

October 25, 2014

Sections of Arboretum reserved for private event from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 3-10:00 p.m.

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A Celebration of Good Taste: The Dinner Series

October 30, 2014

Step back in time, journey across a ocean or peek into another culture in style. The Reading Public Museum offers you this alluring series of sophisticated dining opportunities. We will stir the senses by pairing the culinary talents of some of the area's best chefs, restaurants, and catering experts with artworks and objects from The Museum's collections and special exhibitions.

Each evening in this series will feature unique gallery talks, delicious cuisine, theme-related presentations and beverage pairings all within a distinctive gallery setting. Reserve your seat now for these memorable experiences.

Space is very limited so for any questions or more info please call Lindsay Crist at 610-371-5850 x230.

Tonight's Event: Celebrating American Heroes with Call to Duty: World War Posters with food and drink from Hitching Post

Dinner Series supported by Maggs & Associates and Merill Lynch

Event Time: 5:30 p.m.

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Private Rental

October 31, 2015

Neag Planetarium reserved all day for private event.

Event Time: 4-10:00 pm

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

October 31, 2014

"Put your hands on your hips" and experience this quotable classic in the area's most unique theatre -- the Neag Planetarium!

Note: The Museum encourages your participation in the viewing of The 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.

Cost: $15 per person, per show. Reservations for a night of "active viewing" are suggested due to limited seating in the theatre. Call Lindsay at 610-371-5850 x230.


Event Time: 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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Private Rental

November 01, 2014

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 4-10:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

November 07, 2015

Neag Planetarium reserved all day for private event.

Event Time: 4-9:00 pm

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Private Rental

November 08, 2014

Meadow reserved for private event from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.  2nd floor of the Museum reserved for private event from 5:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Event Time: 3-9:30 p.m.

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Private Rental

November 08, 2014

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 4-10:00

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Private Rental

November 15, 2014

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 4-10:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

November 28, 2014 through November 29, 2014

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day Friday, November 28 and all day Saturday, November 29.

Event Time: 8-6:00 pm

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"Jazz Under the Stars" -Larry Marshall Quartet

December 04, 2014

This “out of this world” series is back for another season! Enjoy live jazz by some of the region’s best groups in an unmatched “atmosphere” — the Neag Planetarium! Great musical performances are enhanced by visually stunning images on the theatre’s dome above. Food and drinks are available for purchase, provided by ViVA Bistro and Tapas Lounge.

Tonight - Larry Marshall Quartet

Drummer, composer, and educator, Larry Marshall, has appeared on over 50 CDs as a performer and/or producer in the U.S, Europe, and Japan. He lived in Japan from 2006 through 2012, and performed in clubs and venues all over that country, as well as in South Korea, Thailand, and other parts of Asia. Marshall moved back to Berks and now resides near Geigertown. His band also includes Jimmy Wood, piano; Bob Meashey, trumpet; and Steve Meashey, bass.

Cost: $20

There’s limited seating under the dome, so pre-registration is strongly suggested. Call Lindsay Crist at 610-371-5850 x230.

Presented by Hair On The Avenue with the additional support of the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest and the Berks Arts Council.

Event Time: 7 p.m.

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Private Rental

December 06, 2014

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 4-10:00 p.m.

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Private Rental

December 07, 2014

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

Event Time: 5-8:00 pm

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Private Rental

December 13, 2014

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 3-10:00

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Private Rental

December 20, 2014

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 5-11:00

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Private Rental

December 27, 2014

Neag Planetarium reserved for private event all day.

Event Time: 4-10:00 p.m.

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