Reading Museum has provided award-winning opportunities for learning, inspiration and enjoyment since 1883. From its earliest days it has collected archaeology, art, natural history, and ethnography, and objects relating to Reading. Today it focuses on collecting linked with Reading, its people and environment, and it is a shameless cheerleader for our town and its fascinating history.
The Museum is part of Reading Borough Council’s cultural services and has Full Accreditation status from Arts Council England (ACE). It has a strategic partnership with the University of Reading’s Museum of English Rural Life called Museums Partnership Reading, and together are part of ACE National Portfolio 2018-2022. It works together to provide cultural opportunities for Reading’s young people and diverse communities, through schools, volunteering, digital engagement and exhibitions. It has the Investing in Volunteers award and is a founder member of the Happy Museum Affiliate scheme.
The museum is located in Reading’s beautiful Victorian Town Hall, a perfect setting for conferences, exhibitions and weddings. The Concert Hall is an important venue for classical music and comedy events.