Please note: If you are purchasing a Museum Gift Membership for a special family in your life, please know that any Memberships purchased AFTER December 14, are not guaranteed to be delivered by Christmas due to processing. If you would like to have a Membership before the holiday, please contact the Membership Office at 610.371.5850 x228.

Seasonal wonders await in the arboretum


Autumn provides a spectacular sensory experience through a kaleidoscope of brilliantly colored leaves and fruits. Conifers and marsh plants begin to overtake the landscape’s form and texture, while migration changes the many species of birds and waterfowl that visit the park throughout the year. 

History of the Arboretum

The Reading Public Museum hosts an impressive arboretum that covers 25 acres of lushly appointed and carefully maintained natural beauty. An accredited station for the United States Bureau of Plant Industry, many of the 65 distinctive specimens in the park today are from the original planting in the late 1920s. Large, exotic trees are interspersed with indigenous trees and shrubs, providing fresh air and cooling shade during the summer. The Wyomissing Creek, which flows through the arboretum and park, provides a peaceful, mesmerizing ambiance for leisurely walks along the many pathways. Its cheerful bubbling also aids silent contemplation on foot bridges that span the creek. One of the many highlights of the arboretum is the opportunity to learn about nature. Free, self-guided tour maps of the arboretum are available in The Museum Atrium. Remember, to ensure that future generations can enjoy the RPM arboretum, take only photos and leave nothing but footprints during your visit!

Get Involved

Each year, the number of projects at The Museum Arboretum increases as does the need for additional volunteers. Please help us craft and maintain this gorgeous community resource! We promise you’ll be richly rewarded in experience, knowledge, and friendship!

610.371.5850 x239 Email


Exhibits, events, & extras

Notify Me!

Experience nature firsthand


Open every day from sunrise to sunset


Get a Guide

Explore The Arboretum at your own pace with a free guide available in The Museum Atrium. Better yet, save a tree by viewing the map on your smartphone!

Download Arboretum Map

Group Tours at RPM

Guided tours for preschool, K-12, college, extracurricular groups, adults, seniors, and special-needs groups are available all year long. We can arrange a customized visit to The Arboretum that your group will never forget!

610.371.5850 x239 Email

Here’s what’s in store for the arboretum

    11-12-18 01:12

Host your event amidst the splendor of the arboretum


Unlimited access to art, science, culture, education and more Join RPM