Reading, Pennsylvania, is a fun destination and is home to many local indoor museums and cultural attractions to entertain both family and friends. If you are looking for something to do on the weekend or over the holiday break, explore the town and learn about the history of the area.
Reading Public Museum
Located at 500 Museum Rd., the Reading Public Museum offers a variety of displays featuring civilizations and science exhibits. The 25-acre arboretum is amazing, and wandering through the planetarium is fun for all ages. The museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults and $6 for kids.
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
First opened in 1871 at 201 Washington St, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts was originally a factory created by Thomas A. Wilson & Co. that manufactured optical lenses. Throughout its history, the location was used to make safety glasses and other safety products. In 2005, it opened as GoggleWorks and features contemporary arts and crafts in addition to art film screenings. The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with free admission and parking.
Found at 98 Duryea Drive, the Pagoda is located at the top of Mt. Penn and has been around for over 100 years. Completed in 1908 at a cost of $50,000, William A. Witman had the Pagoda built to cover his stone quarry. The structure was sold to the city of Reading in 1911 for $1 and is loved and cared for by the citizens of the town. The Pagoda is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. and admission is free, although donations are accepted to help cover costs. You can visit the café and gift shop and enjoy the amazing view with friends.
Mid-Atlantic Air Museum
Airplane and military enthusiasts will not want to miss out visiting the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum located at 1054 Arnold Rd. The museum features aircraft restoration and was founded by Russ Strine. You can admire a variety of rare civilian and military aircraft in addition to historic war planes and classic airliners. The museum hosts the World War II Weekend Air Show each year in June with people visiting from all over the world. It’s open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Daniel Boone Homestead
Located on 400 Daniel Boone Road in the nearby town of Birdsboro, the Daniel Boone Homestead is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. Take the kids to explore this restored and furnished depiction of rural life. The buildings that are open to the public include the blacksmith’s shop, homestead barn, Boone house, and the smokehouse. Check out the website to find a variety of programs and events all throughout the year.
Interesting and entertaining events and destinations can be found all over the town of Reading. Get out and have some fun while learning about history and tapping into your creativity.
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