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More than 100 years of learning and culture


Learn by Doing! For more than a century, the Reading Public Museum has been at the forefront of hands-on learning. RPM’s enthusiasm for providing rich, tactile experiences sparks curiosity and learning for visitors of all ages in the areas of science, art, history, and more!

A Classroom Collection

Dr. Levi W. Mengel, founder and first director of the Reading Public Museum, wholeheartedly believed in the value of a “sensory education.” As a teacher at Boys' High School in the Reading School District, Dr. Mengel used his personal collection of antiquities in his teaching to help bring history alive for his students in the early 1900s. He recognized that young minds hunger for active participation and personal experience, and he continued collecting scientific and anthropological materials to use as teaching aids.

Thanks to donations from Dr. Mengel and nearly 2,000 pieces acquired at the St. Louis World’s Fair, Reading students could see, touch, and learn about objects from around the globe. In 1907, the third floor of the Reading School District administration building was converted into a museum to provide students with exciting hands-on learning experiences.

An Extraordinary Gift

Giving a child a chance to see and handle the things about which they study is not only the greatest timesaver, but the most effective way of giving an absolutely correct impression.

Dr. Levi W. Mengel
Reading Public Museum's founder and first director

With the addition of several paintings to the fledgling museum’s collection, Dr. Mengel’s creation was renamed the Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery in 1913 and opened to the public. As The Museum’s collection continued to expand, it became clear that it would eventually outgrow its home. The Museum’s present location, which welcomed its first visitors in 1929, was a generous donation to the Reading School District from local industrialists Ferdinand Thun and Irvin F. Impink.

A World of Curiosities

In the decades that followed, The Museum developed a world-class collection of more than 300,000 objects, including art, antiquities, and scientific and cultural artifacts from around the globe. Thanks to RPM’s sponsors and generous community support, the collection continues to grow and diversify.

Have you ever wanted to be face-to-face with an ancient Egyptian mummy or among dinosaur bones from millions of years ago? Maybe you’re more interested in original works by artists including Degas, Rodin, and Warhol. Perhaps you’d like to investigate mysterious Mayan treasures, American Indian artifacts, or one of the traveling exhibits The Museum hosts each year? There’s something for everyone to enjoy at RPM!

Echoes of the Past, Visions of the Future

Dr. Mengel’s dedication to sensory education was ahead of its time, and the work he began continues today. RPM’s cutting-edge interactive exhibits offer visitors inspiring, hands-on learning opportunities that are unique to The Museum, and there’s always something new to see and do.

Our Mission

The mission of the Reading Public Museum, a dynamic center of lifelong learning and discovery, is to educate, enlighten and engage current and future generations through the collection, preservation and interpretation of objects of art, science and civilization.

Appraisals and Certifications

The Museum cannot offer valuations, appraisals, or authentications of artwork. If you have an object you would like to have valued or authenticated, The Museum recommends the following resources:

American Society of Appraisers (800) 272-8258
Appraisers Association of America (212) 889-5404
Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America

For questions about object conservation, the American Institute for Conservation has available a national referral system. Please call (202) 452-9545.

Financial Information

2018 Form 990 Tax Form


Exhibits, events, & extras

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Our People

Our Board



Chuck Harenza, Esq.

1st Vice Chair

Heidi Masano, Esq.

2nd Vice Chair

Scott Gruber


Laurie Peer


C. Jack Lusch

Assistant Secretary

Jerry Marcus, M.D.

Immediate Past Chair

David Meas

Director and CEO

John Graydon Smith

Board of Directors

Kevin Barnhardt

Anne M. Fink

Ted Lavender

Debbie Pook

Dr. Seth Rosenzweig

Bill Sands

Alan Shuman

Dr. Anna Weitz

Helene Zintak

Our Staff


John Graydon Smith
Director and CEO

Collections & Curatorial

Ashley Houston
Collections Manager & Registrar

Gabrielle Intenzo

Scott Schweigert
Curator of Art & Civilization

Hannah Wagner
Curatorial Assistant


Wendy Koller
Manager of Education

Coleen Spease-Mikucki
STEM & Family Education
x227 Email

Rebeka Birch
Education Programming Associate
x258 Email

General inquiries of
educational programming

Employment & Volunteering

x257 Email

x239 Email


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Event & Exhibition Rentals

Stephanie Hafer Shaak
Vice President of Event &
Exhibition Rentals

Kelsey Klinger
Event Rental Coordinator

Kara Seawell
Customer Service &
Events Assistant

Internal Events

Lindsay Crist
Director of Community Development

Amanda Machik
Manager of Museum Events

Finance & Grants

Diane Ruth
Controller & HR Manager

Ashley Manwiller
Financial & Administrative


For Membership information
please phone x228

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Museum & Planetarium 

Jeffery Fick
Customer Service &
Gift Shop Coordinator

Mark Mazurkiewicz
Planetarium Director

Elan Lift
Planetarium Assistant

William Glasser
Museum Shop Cashier

Public Relations & Marketing

Emily Moore Sweitzer
Manager of Marketing &
Digital Media

x231 Email

Security & Facilities


Daniel Runkel
Building & Grounds Manager

Employment & Volunteering

Part-Time Museum Educator

Job Summary

The purpose of this position is to facilitate the growing number of educational programs at The Museum. The Museum Educator will report to the Managers of Humanities and STEM Education and will be primarily responsible for implementation of educational programming. This includes but is not limited to student tours, scout workshops and sleepovers, summer camp programs, adult program, public programs, and birthday parties.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • The primary responsibility of a Museum Educator is to lead school tours of The Museum.  Day time availability during the week is a must.
  • Museum Educators also facilitate scout workshops and sleepovers, birthday parties, public programs, summer camp classes, and adult education programs.  These typically occur during weekend and evening hours.
  • Using excellent customer service skills, establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, volunteers, and all members of the general public.
  • Assist with keeping exhibits and public areas safe and presentable to the public.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Education: Bachelor's degree in art, education, science, history, museum studies or related field.
  • Required Experience: Working with children.
  • Preferred Experience: Facilitating and promoting informal educational programs for people of all ages in a museum, school or similar setting.  
  • Required Skills: Excellent public speaking skills and ability to lead and engage large groups of children and adults in a variety of subject areas, including art, science, and history. Ability to work well as part of a team, follow through with assigned tasks, and think on your feet.
  • Preferred Skills: Knowledge of museum practices and museum education standards.  Bilingual is a plus.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use manual dexterity.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and color vision.
  • The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee is required to stand, walk, talk, and hear for long periods of time.


Work Environment

Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not normally exposed to weather conditions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is normally moderate.For a PDF file of this job listing, CLICK HERE.

To apply for this position please send your cover letter, resume, and three references (pdf files preferred) to: Wendy Koller, Manager of Education, wendy.koller@readingpublicmuseum.org.

Arboretum Assistants Needed for 2020

2020 Arboretum Assistants!


The Reading Public Museum is searching for volunteers to join the Arboretum Assistants Program for 2020. Each year the number of projects at the Arboretum increases, as does the need for additional volunteers.  Prospective Arboretum Assistants are required to attend a training/informational session on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. at The Museum. Please RSVP to Karn Moyer for the training session at karenmoyer4@gmail.com or call the Museum arboretum office at 610.371.5850 x239 and leave a message. 


Gardening sessions are Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. until 12 noon from the beginning of April through the end of October. As in the past we are asking volunteers to commit to two Wednesday mornings per month (or approximately 14 weeks). The Wednesdays will be of your own choosing with advanced sign-ups requested.  Penn State Master Gardeners serve as Arboretum supervisors and will be working by your side directing and offering instruction for each work session.  You will only be asked to accept tasks physically comfortable for you. 


To register for this exciting volunteer opportunity or request additional information contact Karen Moyer, Volunteer Coordinator, by March 5, 2020.  Either e-mail karenmoyer4@gmail.com or telephone the Museum arboretum office at 610.371.5850 x239 and leave a message.  More information will follow later in February.


We promise you will be richly rewarded by the experience, knowledge, and the camaraderie you gain!  We look forward to seeing many new faces in March!

Internships at The Museum

Join us at RPM for an exciting semester where you will get hands-on Museum experience!  The Museum offers numerous opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of disciplines. Previous intern majors have included Art Education, Arts Administration, Business Administration & Management, Communications & Marketing, Elementary Education, History, Hospitality Management, Recreation Services Management, Secondary Education, and Sports Management. Former interns have gone on to work at EnerSys, plan events at Vault 634, Bellangelo Winery, and the Abraham Lincoln; teach full time, and even return to The Museum for a part-time or full-time position.    


Now accepting intern students for Summer, and Fall semesters.


More information

RPM Ambassadors

Anbassadors are an essential part of the Reading Public Museum family and their valued efforts enhance the capabilities of RPM’s small, dedicated staff. Our Ambassadors make every visit to The Museum even friendlier. Art, history, science, the Arboretum … wherever your interests lie, RPM has a variety of Ambassador opportunities that offer unique, personally rewarding experiences. We will be glad to work with you to discover how your talents can support The Museum! 


RPM Ambassador Opportunities Include:

Gallery Ambassador

Program Ambassador

Event Ambassador

Visitor Experience Ambassador

Arboretum Assistant


Please see the RPM Ambassador Opportunities Packet for a complete and detailed list of options.

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