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Reading Public Museum [1998- ], 500 Museum Rd, Reading, PA 19611

January 1, 1998

ECA Control Number: 14644

Record Level: Listing

Record Type: Art Museum/Institution

Museum/Institution Name: Reading Public Museum


Location: 500 Museum Rd, Reading, PA 19611

Founded: 1998


The Reading Public Museum, in West Reading, Pennsylvania, has displays featuring science and civilizations, a planetarium and a 25-acre (100,000 m2) arboretum. It also offers educational programs for families, adults and children. Galleries feature an eclectic variety from art, armor, and artifacts of world civilizations, to natural history and the cultures of Native Americans and Pennsylvania Germans.

While the art of many nations and people is represented in the permanent collection, special emphasis has been placed on painting. The fine art collection includes more than seven hundred oil paintings by American and foreign artists such as Benjamin West, Milton Avery, John Singer Sargent, N.C. Wyeth, George Bellows, Raphaelle Peale, Frederic Church, Joshua Reynolds, and Edgar Degas. In addition, the Reading Public Museum possesses over one hundred sculptures, thousands of graphics, and more than two hundred water colors. Modern and Contemporary art in the collection includes works by Dale Chihuly, Chuck Close, and Keith Haring

Art objects of importance have come to the Reading Museum from all over the world. The series of Greek vases contain some excellent examples of the various periods and techniques which illustrate the development of this art form. The museum even features a real mummy from the Ptolemaic period in ancient Egypt.

The natural history collection includes hundreds of thousands of insects, thousands of birds and mammals, and more than 25,000 specimens that document the mineral wealth of our planet. Over 30,000 objects are included in the anthropological and historical collections, including sculpture from Southeast Asia, ivory and jade from China, Roman glass, Pre-Columbian gold and a large and comprehensive collection of sculpture and textile work of American Indians, much of which is unique to the Museum. Many of the works in the collection have been generously donated by public-spirited citizens.

The Reading Museum contains many priceless collections that could not be duplicated today. Over 11,000 first class specimens, the best of several old collections purchased by Dr. Levi Mengel in the first half of this century, make up the collection of Berks County Indian relics.

Citation: “Reading Public Museum”.  Wikipedia. Updated November 13, 2015..  Accessed September 10, 2016. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reading_Public_Museum



2011-2015 Springfield Art Museums, Springfield, MA, “American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony”, July 14 – October 25, 2015; Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH, March 21 – June 14, 2015; Frazier History Museum, Louisville, KY, October 3, 2014 – February 1, 2015; Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA, June 1 – August 4, 2013; Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA, September 24, 2011 – January 29, 2012.



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Last Update:
January 21, 2017

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Digital-born Publication Title: Emil Carlsen Archives
Publication Subtitle: World's Largest Visual Reference Dedicated to the Preservation of the Work of Danish-American Impressionist/Realist Painter, Emil Carlsen [1848-1932]
Library of Congress Subject Authority Heading: Carlsen, Emil, 1853-1932
Emil Carlsen LC control no.: n 85141186
Publication Type: Online Integrating Resource
Language: English
Creator/Author: Emil Carlsen Archives
Published by: Emil Carlsen Archives, 266 West 21st Street, New York, NY 10011
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Publish Date: 2013 –
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