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Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the Reading Public Museum’s (The "Museum's") website and reviewing our privacy policy. The Museum does not collect individually identifiable information about visitors to our website (e.g., name, address, e-mail, etc.) unless you choose to provide that information to us. This privacy policy explains what data we collect and how we use it.

The Museum is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization. Information on this website is presented purely for educational and informational purposes. Your use of this website is subject to the provisions of this privacy policy, as well as the terms and conditions set forth in the Copyright Policy.

We cannot guarantee the website will be error-free. However, we will make every reasonable effort to make content accurate, reliable and complete. This includes correcting any errors that are brought to our attention. You may contact us at info@readingpublicmuseum.org.

The Museum is committed to safeguarding the privacy and security of all our Web visitors. The Museum collects information throughout this website for several different purposes, which are explained below.

Viewing the Website
Information Collected and Stored Automatically
When you visit our website, we may automatically gather and store the following information about your visit. This information is used to develop statistics that guide us in making improvements and enhancements to the website. The information is stored and used in the aggregate only, and is not used to contact you personally:

• The IP address from which you access our website
• The date and time you access our website
• The pages, files, documents and links that you visit
• The Internet address of the website from which you linked to our website
• The name of the domain from which you access the Internet
• The type of browser and operating system used to access our website
• The type of Plug-in and Plug-in version on the system

Also, when you perform a search within the website, The Museum may record certain information regarding your search and use that information to, among other things, solve technical problems with the website and to calculate overall usage statistics.

This information is stored for The Museum’s use only. The Museum does not sell, rent, or offer the foregoing information to third parties. 

The Museum uses technology known as "cookies" to track usage patterns, traffic trends and user behavior, as well as to record other information from the website. For certain services provided on this website, cookies allow us to save information locally so that you will not have to re-enter it the next time you visit. Many content adjustments and customer service improvements are made based on the data derived from cookies. The information we collect from cookies will not be used to create profiles of users and will only be used in aggregate form. Users should be aware that The Museum may contract with third party vendors for services that require the sharing of non-personally identifiable information collected via cookies.

You may set your browser to refuse cookies. If you so choose, you may still gain access to most of The Museum’s website, but you may not be able to conduct certain types of transactions (such as shopping) or take advantage of some of the interactive elements offered.

In addition to using cookies and related technologies as described above, we also may permit certain third party companies to help us tailor advertising that we think may be of interest to users and to collect and use other data about user activities on our Sites and/or Services (e.g., to allow them to tailor ads on third party services). These companies may deliver ads that might also place cookies and otherwise track user behavior.

Sending Us Personal Information
If you send us personal information—by submitting an e-mail, completing an online form or survey, requesting materials or information, ordering merchandise or event tickets, making a donation or signing up for membership—we will use this information to respond to your inquiry or request. We may also use it to contact you to provide information about other Museum activities, programs, membership and fundraising opportunities, products and special events that may interest you. You may opt-out of having your information used by The Museum for these purposes, or you may update your contact information anytime, by contacting us via the following e-mail or postal mail addresses:


Reading Public Museum
500 Museum Road
Reading, PA  19610

Moreover, when we send you communications regarding Museum programs and activities, you will always have an immediate opportunity to decline further communications by alerting the contact specified in the e-mail that you wish us to remove you from the list that contains your name.

The Reading Public Museum does not sell, exchange or release website visitors' names, e-mail addresses or other individually identifying information to parties outside of The Museum, except to the extent necessary to comply with applicable laws or valid legal processes, to protect the rights and property of The Museum, or to provide the services or information you have requested.

Users should be aware that The Museum may contract with third-party vendors to provide certain services made available on and to process transactions made through this website. Use of these services is subject to the privacy policies of such third-party vendors.

Online Purchases
The Museum provides visitors with the opportunity to make certain purchases online.

The Museum may provide visitors with an opportunity to make online purchases from The Museum retail store, purchase tickets to select events,  as well as purchase a Museum membership. When visitors to The Museum website choose to make an online purchase or to become a member of the Museum, they are protected by this privacy policy

Support the Museum
The Reading Public Museum also provides visitors with an opportunity to make a contribution to our organization through an online donation page.

The information that you supply during any of the above transaction processes is used to fulfill your order and will also be used to track and analyze transaction trends. This information is also subject to the "Sending Us Personal Information" section above.

The online transactions conducted on The Museum’s website are protected by security features, including encryption, designed to prevent the unauthorized release of your personal financial data. We also monitor network traffic in an effort to make the website available to all users and to identify unauthorized attempts to access, upload or change information or otherwise cause damage to our systems.

While The Museum has endeavored to create a secure and reliable website, please be advised that the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to/from this website over the Internet cannot be guaranteed. Accordingly, The Museum and its employees, agents, officers, directors, legal representatives, predecessors, successors and assigns are not responsible for the security of any information transmitted via the Internet. You assume the sole and complete risk for using this website and must make your own determination as to these matters.

Unauthorized access is prohibited and punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

Children's Privacy on the Web
The Museum is concerned about protecting children's privacy. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. There are some areas within the Reading Public Museum website where children could post messages or provide feedback, but children are discouraged from providing personal information. If a visitor known to be a child under the age of 13 sends an e-mail to The Museum, we will only use it to respond to the writer and not to create profiles or otherwise retain the information.

The Museum's website may provide links to third-party websites that may offer various products, services, and/or information. You should be aware that your use of these third-party websites may be subject to separate terms and conditions, information collection practices, and other provisions. The Museum does not endorse, nor is it responsible for, any of the products, services, or content offered in any third-party sites. Before using any third-party service, it shall be your sole responsibility to conduct whatever investigation you deem necessary and appropriate.

Revisions to Our Web Policies
Please note that The Museum may revise its privacy policy at any time. Occasionally, changes in technology, functionality, content we provide, laws and/or Museum policy may require us to revise policies and practices on this page. We encourage you to periodically visit this page to review our most current policy. Your continued use of the site shall constitute your acceptance of any such changes to this policy.


The Reading Public Museum (The "Museum") provides www.readingpublicmuseum.org and its subdomains (the "Websites") in support of The Museum's mission. In brief, The Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret objects of art, science, and civilization in order to educate, enlighten, and engage current and future generations. By accessing the Websites, users agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions, which The Museum may revise from time to time. Users are encouraged to visit this page periodically to review current terms and conditions.

WEBSITE CONTENT IS PROTECTED BY LAW. The data, images, software, documentation, text, video, audio, and other information on the Websites (the "Materials") are proprietary to The Museum or its licensors or other third parties. The Museum retains all its rights, including copyright, in the Materials. Copyright and other proprietary rights may be held by individuals or entities other than, or in addition to, The Museum. Any unauthorized use of the Materials or the Trademarks (defined below), except as permitted by these terms and conditions, is strictly prohibited.

PERMITTED USE. The Materials are made available for non-commercial, educational and personal use only or for "fair use" under the United States copyright laws. Users may download files for personal use, subject to any additional terms or restrictions applicable to the individual Materials. Users must properly cite the source of the Materials and the citations should include a link to www.readingpublicmuseum.org. By downloading, printing, or using Materials from the Websites, whether accessed directly or indirectly, users agree that they will limit their use to the uses permitted by these terms and conditions or by fair use, and will not violate The Museum’s or any other party's proprietary rights. Users may not remove any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary notices and may not modify the Materials. Downloading, copying, distributing, or otherwise using Materials for any commercial purpose is strictly prohibited.

NO WARRANTIES. The Museum does not warrant or represent that use of Materials displayed on the Website will not infringe the rights of third parties. ALL MATERIALS ON THE WEBSITES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY , FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE, COPYRIGHT OWNERSHIP AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. The Museum will not be liable for any damages to or viruses that may infect a user’s computer or other device resulting from use of any Websites or from downloading any Materials. At its discretion, The Museum may discontinue or take down all or any part of the Websites or remove any Material at any time.

LICENSING. Anyone wishing to use any Materials for other than a permitted use must receive prior permission. To obtain permission (a license), please contact:

Reading Public Museum
Curatorial Department
Tel: 610-371-5850 ext. 232
E-mail: info@readingpublicmuseum.org

DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT ("DMCA"). The Museum is committed to complying with U.S. copyright and related laws, and requires all users of the Websites to comply with these laws. Owners of copyrighted works who believe that their rights under U.S. copyright law have been infringed should report their concern by providing notice to The Museum’s Designated Agent pursuant to DMCA. If notice is provided by email, please send the notice to: info@readingpublicmuseum.org. If notice is provided by mail, please send the notice to: Registrar, Reading Public Museum, 500 Museum Road, Reading, PA 19610.

TRADEMARKS. Many of the trademarks, service marks and logos ("Trademarks") displayed on the Websites are marks of the Reading Public Museum which are registered or otherwise protected by law. The Trademarks of third parties may also be displayed on the Websites. Nothing contained in the Websites should be construed as granting any license or right to use any Trademark without written permission of The Museum or third party that may own the Trademark.



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