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Reading Museum

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Address: Town Hall Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH, England
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+44 118 937 3400
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Explore our galleries of amazing objects local and global. There’s...

Explore our galleries of amazing objects local and global. There’s something for everyone from biscuit tins to beetles, Romans to Rodin. We are a venue for business functions, weddings and live music

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Interesting free town museum

This is one of those great town museums with an eclectic mix of exhibits: Roman remains, mosaic floors and trays of beautiful, intricate jewellery, art galleries, a Victorian... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Winchester, United Kingdom
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of those great town museums with an eclectic mix of exhibits: Roman remains, mosaic floors and trays of beautiful, intricate jewellery, art galleries, a Victorian school room and what was great fun a small gallery all about Huntley and Palmer's biscuit factory and must mention the stunning 19C copy of the Bayeux Tapestry. Our visit on the... More 

Thank Helengak
Hounslow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Reading Museum, situated in the Town Hall, tells the story of the history of Reading and the surrounding area. There are various galleries about the industries in the town, artefacts from excavations in the Roman Town of Silchester, natural history, art & sculpture and, amazingly, a copy of the Bayeux Tapestry. This Tapestry is a ‘must see’: it is 70... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been taking our Grandchildren to Reading Museum for the last 4 years - they are now aged 9,8,6, 5x2 and 2. They love the variety of interests and together with their rucksacks supplied by the museum according to their ages, they try and find all objections on their information sheets. This covers all the rooms and even the... More 

Thank Judy P
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Right in the centre of town. When I was a child they had a live scorpion there. No more, but they do have a wonderful Roman collection which I love. Take a break from the shopping and go.

1 Thank 900Lancasterfamily
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well done Reading Council. This museum is a haven in the middle of busy Reading. Full of history and examples of life in Reading very worth while a visit.

Thank David S
Slough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Me and my wife really enjoyed visiting this small, local museum. Do not expect ''British museum'' type of thing, but more local stuff, which makes this museum more unique and special. If you have an hour to spare or need to take kids out while there is cold outside it is well worth visiting.

1 Thank MartinKck
St Austell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Good place to see how Reading has evolved. Brings back memories. Lots to see so take your time. Right in the middle of the town so very handy if on a shopping trip.

Thank Cornishkings
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Pretty dull really. You can get round all of it in about 10 minutes so don't make this your main activity no interaction really though the copybook the bayeux tapestry is with a look!

Thank fj001111
Berkshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Some paper activities are left during half terms on the table on 2nd floor. Children should be able to talk with someone about what they suppose to do and most importantly how.

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Matthew W, Manager at Reading Museum, responded to this review

Many thanks for your comments, we hope you enjoyed your visit to the Museum. We really appreciate your feedback and will look at improving the instructions for our free activities so that it is clearer for families. We do have a member of the gallery team on the second floor at all times who can help, so we will signpost... More 

London, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Chances are I'm not going to get to see the 'real' Bayreux tapestry, so I jumped at the chance to see this reproduction. It's great! There is no entry fee to this little gem of a museum and you can probably cover the whole thing in less than an hour, but it is well worth the visit. So much to... More 

Thank canadiancraftsman

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