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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
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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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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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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St Austell, United Kingdom
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St Austell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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!

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Thank fj001111
Berkshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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 

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Thank canadiancraftsman
Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Great local history of development of the town, and an entire reproduction of the Bayeux tapestry, which you will probably not want to study all of!

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Came around this museum during my regular visits to Reading whilst shopping and exploring and became quite curious. I went inside as there is free admissions with donations welcome. They is a good collection of artefacts of very historical value that both links with Reading and the history of England as a whole. It is situated in the main town... More 

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Thank Souro S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Cracking free museum. Great museum with lots of interesting exhibts pitched to adults (detailed facts), teenagers (illustrations and real life of the people) to kids (role play). Really great museum to learn about the local history from Roman period onwards.

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Thank Chris M
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Reading Museum is located at the famous Town Hall, close to the town center, and offers the discerning tourists a stunning journey through history of the 17th century Britain to the present times. Another interesting and unique collection is the Bayeux Tapestry which is a tribute to the Victorian art form. A good place to spend quality time, if you... More 

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Thank jayantsinha
Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

For a civic museum this isn't bad at all, helped largely by the copy of the Bayeux Tapestry and also the finds from Silchester. It is well worth a visit.

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Thank Alan_Green_Reading
Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Had a good look around and it showed Reading's history well. Suttons, Huntley & Palmers, Reading Abbey to more recent venues that have gone such as the Boars head and Jackson corner.

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