Museum Events

"Jazz Under the Stars" - The Jazz 5 Pack

May 01, 2014

It’s the new “Jazz Space”! Every first Thursday of the month, the Neag Planetarium at the Reading Public Museum features live jazz featuring a variety of local, regional and national artists in the area’s most unique venue.

The series, “Jazz Under the Stars,” lets you enjoy great musical performances while experiencing the visually stunning images on the theatre’s dome above. In addition, the newly renovated foyer have food and beverages available for purchase, provided by VIVÁ Bistro & Tapas Lounge (CLICK HERE for menu), as well as a spacious area with seating and tables. Plus, while you are enjoying food and conversation in this area, you’ll be able to see the musicians on our digital screens and hear them on the Planetarium’s sound system.

The regular series is presented by Hair On The Avenue. 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 x264 for ticket reservations (strongly suggested — limited seating in the theatre area). 

In May, we’re back to our “First Thursday” format with the return of a popular and talented band. Their show here last May was well-received and well-attended. 

The Jazz 5 Pack is an instrumental group of musicians from the Philadelphia, Lancaster and Reading areas. They play the beautiful and timeless melodies from the Great American Songbook, as well as bebop from the 1940s with an emphasis on traditional jazz harmonies and improvisation.You’ll hear 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 and John Clionsky on keyboards. Philadelphia’s own Bob Whit is filling in for Mike Gordon on bass for this performance.

The “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.

Event Time: 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.)

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Girl Scout Day

May 03, 2014

Brownie Bugs – Noon - 2 p.m.

Learn about all different types of bugs, design your own bug, go on a bug walk, and more! Earn your Bug Try-It (not included) as you also take a look at our extensive bug collection.

Junior Animal Habitats – 3-5 p.m.
From our Natural History Gallery to the Arboretum, The Museum is a great place to study and learn about animals. Learn about endangered animals, build a nest, and more as you earn your Animal Habitats Badge (not included).

$15/Scout, $10/adult – For more info or to make your reservation, call 610-371-5850 x227.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Event Time: Noon - 5 p.m.

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Arboretum Plant Sale

May 03, 2014

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.

Event Time: 9 a.m - Noon

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Mother's Day Concert - Reading Philharmonic Orchestra

May 11, 2014

This concert is part of the 52nd Annual Museum Concert Series at The Museum presented by First National Bank of Pennsylvania.

The Reading Public Museum is always filled with good things to see, and on these special holidays, we’re also filled with amazing things to hear!

Enjoy a special program of music by The Reading Philharmonic Orchestra presented rain or shine on our Stone Terrace in The Museum’s Arboretum. This performance is presented FREE and is from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Feel free to bring your 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.

Event Time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

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Toast to the Past (Member Event)

May 15, 2014

Third Thursday of Each Month

Tonight's Program: It's Five O'clock Somewhere

This special adult program is for Members only! (21 and older with valid ID) Start the evening with an adult beverage tasting, then move into the galleries for a unique look at the Collections.

For more info, call 610-371-5850 x223. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Minimum of 20 paid participants to run. Reservation deadline: one week prior to event.

Cost: $10 Each night/Guests of Members: $15 each
For all 5 (inc. February, March, April, May and June) - $45 - Members/$70 Non-Members

Sponsored by Assured Assistance

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

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Ice Cream and Honey Bees

May 15, 2014

Join PSU Master Gardeners for a lighthearted romp through some horticultural history in Berks county. We’ll explore the modern impact of the honeybee decline, and what keeps Hägen-Dazs® awake at night!

Cost: Members $10 Non-Members $20

For More info, check our Web site or call 610-371-5850 x223, RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - Minimum of 10 paid participants to run. RESERVATION DEADLINE is one week prior to event.

Event Time: 10-11:30 a.m.

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Toast to the Past (Member Event)

May 15, 2014

Third Thursday of Each Month, 5:30-7:00 p.m.


This special adult program is for Members only! (21 and older with valid ID) Start the evening with an adult beverage tasting, then to the galleries for a unique look at the collections.

For more info, check our Web site or call 610-371-5850 x223. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
Minimum of 20 paid participants to run. Reservation deadline: one week prior to event.


Cost: $10 each / Guests of Members: $15 each; For all 5 (inc. April, May and June) - $45 - Members / $70 Non-Members

Sponsored by Assured Assistance.

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

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Cub Scout NOVA Day

May 17, 2014

Earn your Science is Everywhere NOVA Award (not included) as you see a Planetarium Show, learn about science at The Museum, and more! As part of the workshop also earn your Wild Life Conservation Belt Loop!

$15/Scout, $10/adult – For more info or to make your reservation, call 610-371-5850 x227.

Event Time: Noon - 3 p.m.

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RPM Business Breakfast

May 20, 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:  Icons of British Sculpture
Cohen Modern and Contemporary Gallery


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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Invitation-Only Opening Reception

May 23, 2014

Be a part of this special invitation-only opening event for the exhibition Masterpieces of American Longrifles: The Kindig Family Collection. 


Look for your invitation in the mail!

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

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Dogs & Brews

May 24, 2014

The Reading Public Museum has partnered with the Animal Rescue League to host this new event. When you register for the event, you’ll receive a commemorative tasting glass to sample a wide variety of micro brews from area breweries and a gourmet hot dog voucher (provided by Berks Foods). Bring your dog to the event to participate in a doggie parade, puppy salon, and splash party! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Animal Rescue League.

Check "Learn More" below for updates and the latest vendor list.

To register, contact Lindsay Crist at 610-371-5850 x230 by Thursday, May 15 to ensure you receive your commemorative glass — there are a limited number available.


Cost: $40/person, $75/couple. Supported in part by Hair On The Avenue.

Event Time: Noon - 4 p.m.

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Opening Reception - Meet and Greet Mark Hall-Patton

May 30, 2014

“Meet and greet” Clark County (Nevada) Museum Administrator and “Pawn Stars” go-to history expert, Mark Hall-Patton, as well as get a “sneak preview” of the exhibition, Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior and The Art of Seating.

Price is $15 per Member/$25 per Non-Member, and includes refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres. Reservations can be made by calling 610-371-5850 x230.

Opening event  supported by WFMZ-TV.

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

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"Members Only" Lecture - Mark Hall-Patton

May 31, 2014

Join us for a conversation with Mark Hall-Patton, Museum Administrator for the Clark County Museum System and frequent guest on the History Channel’s series, “Pawn Stars”. Then, take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior and The Art of Seating with Curator Scott Schweigert. Members ONLY. In the Auditorium.

Cost: $20. RSVP to Lindsay at 610-371-5850 x230 by 5/27.

Event Time: 10 a.m. (lecture followed by tour)

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Family Day - CitiBlocs Opening

May 31, 2014

Get ready to build, build, build! Try to construct the tallest tower or a bridge that holds the most weight! Use CitiBlocs to create a city and more!

Free with paid admission. Members FREE!

Event Time: Noon-4 p.m.

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A Celebration of Good Taste - Dinner Series

June 12, 2014

Step back in time, journey across an ocean or peek into another culture…in style. The Reading Public Museum offers you this alluring new 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:

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - "Celebrating Norman Rockwell: Boy Scouts Exhibition"


Thursday, February 27, 2014 - Celebrating Dora and Diego - Let's Explore! Exhibition


Thursday, June 12, 2014 - Celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior & The Art of Seating

Each evening will feature unique gallery talks, delicious cuisine, theme-related presentations and beverage pairings all within a distinctive gallery setting. Reserve your seat now for one (or all!) of these memorable experiences. Please complete the attached registration form and return to The Museum along with your payment by the dates noted below. Space is very limited; priority given to purchasers of complete series. For any questions please call Lindsay Crist at 610-371-5850 x230. 

Cost: 
$125 for Museum Members/$150 for Non-Members 
OR 

$300 for Museum Members/$400 for Non-Members for the 
entire series (three dates)

For details on each event and a registration form, click on "Learn More" below to download a PDF version of the mailer.

Event Time: 5:30 p.m.

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Father's Day Concert - Ringgold Band

June 15, 2014

This concert is part of the 52nd Annual Museum Concert Series at The Museum presented by First National Bank of Pennsylvania.

The Reading Public Museum is always filled with good things to see, and on these special holidays, we’re also filled with amazing things to hear!

Join us on the Stone Terrace for a FREE concert by the Ringgold Band, presented rain or shine. This show is presented FREE and is from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Feel free to bring your lawn chairs in case the limited audience seating under our tent is full. It’s 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.


Event Time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

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RPM Business Breakfast

June 17, 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:  Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior
Works on Paper Gallery

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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Toast to the Past (Member Event)

June 19, 2014

Third Thursday of Each Month

Tonight's Program: Prohibition and Prohibited Collections: A Behind the Scenes Look at The Museum

This special adult program is for Members only! (21 and older with valid ID) Start the evening with an adult beverage tasting, then move into the galleries for a unique look at the Collections.

For more info, call 610-371-5850 x223. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Minimum of 20 paid participants to run. Reservation deadline: one week prior to event.

Cost: $10 Each night/Guests of Members: $15 each
For all 5 (inc. February, March, April, May and June) - $45 - Members/$70 Non-Members

Sponsored by Assured Assistance

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

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Independence Day - Red, White & Blues Party

July 04, 2014

This concert is part of the 52nd Annual Museum Concert Series at The Museum presented by First National Bank of Pennsylvania.

The Reading Public Museum is always filled with good things to see, and on these special holidays, we’re also filled with amazing things to hear!

Celebrate the holiday with our annual “Red White & Blues” Celebration in the tent on our Stone Terrace! 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. Admission is FREE, and food and beverages by ViVÁ Bistro and Tapas Lounge will be available for purchase. (The Museum is not open.)

Event Time: 7 - 9 p.m.

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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 and 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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