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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
Pennsylvania
Germans.

Contents

1 Collection 2 History 3 Arboretum 4 See also 5 External links

Collection[edit] 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
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
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
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 Levi Walter Mengel
Levi Walter Mengel
in the first half of this century, make up the collection of Berks County
Berks County
Indian relics. History[edit]

A Study in White (undated), by Charles Webster Hawthorne.

Dr. Mengel's personal collections, donated during his lifetime, formed the nucleus of the present Museum. The first important teaching exhibits of museum calibre were obtained at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904. Nearly 2,000 items were obtained from China, Japan, India, Ceylon, the Philippines and the Central and South American Republics. With this as a beginning, the third floor of the Reading School District administration building at Eighth and Washington Streets was converted into a museum in 1907. In 1913, the first suggestion was made that an art gallery be incorporated into the plan. Several paintings were presented and the name of the infant museum became the READING PUBLIC MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY. It was in 1924 that the Reading School District
Reading School District
asked the citizens of Reading to approve a loan to provide certain needed school buildings. Included in this were provisions for a modern museum building. After a campaign in which the school children took an active part, the loan was passed and the plans for the Museum
Museum
were drawn up. The present site was selected and donated to the Reading School District
Reading School District
by Ferdinand Thun, Henry Janssen, and Gustav Oberlaender, three Wyomissing textile magnates, and friends of Dr. Mengel, breaking ground in 1925. By 1928 the current Museum
Museum
building opened to the public and the collections continued to grow. As with most museums, a comparatively small part of the collection is on exhibit at any one time. Much of the material is held in reserve to permit changes in the displays from time to time, while others are educational collections which may never be exhibited, but are preserved for scholarly study. The Levi W. Mengel Memorial Trust
Levi W. Mengel Memorial Trust
was established to provide funds to make possible the purchase of some of the many fine and desirable articles which are available from time to time. Increasing the amount of money in the endowment fund is a constant challenge, and gifts or bequests are earnestly solicited. In 1992 governance of the museum was transferred from the Reading School District to a private, non-profit foundation. With the Foundation's leadership and partnership with the County of Berks, Reading School District, and the City of Reading, there has been a rededication to the Museum's Mission. As a result of this restructuring, the Reading Public Museum
Museum
is enjoying a renewed vitality. Arboretum[edit] The 25-acre (100,000 m2) Arboretum
Arboretum
at the Reading Public Museum has been a gem of Berks County
Berks County
since the current Museum
Museum
building opened in 1928. In many ways, these grounds have functioned as Reading’s beloved backyard. For over 80 years the Arboretum
Arboretum
has been the home of many events: from light-hearted lilac festivals to educational tree walks; private wedding photo shoots to Public Pops concerts; landscape drawing classes to impromptu picnics; and the traditional Easter at the Museum. Concerned for the future of the grounds, the Museum
Museum
and its supporters commissioned Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC, an award-winning independent firm of landscape architects, urban designers, and planners, to help create a Landscape Master Plan. The result is a restoration guide that will help recapture the Arboretum’s former spirit, and to provide a memorable, educational and inspiring visit for Museum
Museum
visitors. See also[edit]

List of botanical gardens in the United States

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Reading Public Museum.

Official website

v t e

Museums in Pennsylvania

Art

Allentown Art Museum Andy Warhol Museum Athenaeum of Philadelphia Barnes Foundation Brandywine River Museum Carnegie Museum
Museum
of Art The Clemente Museum Demuth Museum Erie Art Museum Frick Art & Historical Center Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia La Salle University Art Museum Mattress Factory Michener Art Museum Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon Palmer Museum
Museum
of Art Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Academy of the Fine Arts Philadelphia Museum
Museum
of Art Pittsburgh Glass Center Reading Public Museum Rodin Museum Susquehanna Art Museum Westmoreland Museum
Museum
of American Art Woodmere Art Museum

History, Culture, and Religion

African American Museum
Museum
in Philadelphia American Jewish Museum American Swedish Historical Museum Civil War Museum
Museum
of Philadelphia Erie Maritime Museum Gettysburg Museum Heinz History Center Independence Seaport Museum Johnstown Flood Museum Masonic Library and Museum
Museum
of Pennsylvania Meadowcroft Rockshelter Mercer Museum Museum
Museum
of the American Revolution Museum
Museum
of Indian Culture National Civil War Museum National Constitution Center National Museum
Museum
of American Jewish History Nationality Rooms Philadelphia History Museum Rosenbach Museum
Museum
and Library State Museum
Museum
of Pennsylvania U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Museum
Museum
of Archaeology and Anthropology

Science, Technology, and Industry

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University America On Wheels Carnegie Museum
Museum
of Natural History Carnegie Science Center Center for PostNatural History Da Vinci Science Center Drake Well Museum Everhart Museum Franklin Institute Mütter Museum Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Anthracite Heritage Museum Railroad Museum
Museum
of Pennsylvania Railroaders Memorial Museum Science History Institute Steamtown National Historic Site Wagner Free Institute of Science

Children's

Children's Museum
Museum
of Pittsburgh Miniature Railroad & Village National Toy Train Museum Please Touch Museum

Coordinates: 40°19′39″N 75°57′05″W / 40.3274°N 75.9513°W / 40.3274; -75.9513

v t e

Reading in Berks County, Pennsylvania

Attractions

The Pagoda Historic Places GoggleWorks Reading Public Museum Historical Society of Berks County Berkshire Mall Fairgrounds Square Mall Santander Arena

Transportation

BARTA Reading Railroad
Reading Railroad
Franklin Street Station Reading Railroad
Reading Railroad
Outer Station Reading Regional Airport Schuylkill Valley Metro
Schuylkill Valley Metro
(cancelled)

Entertainment

Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra Reading Choral Society Berks Youth Chorus

Education

Reading School District

Reading High School Reading Intermediate High School

Albright College Alvernia University Reading Area Community College Penn State Berks

Industry

Boscov's Carpenter Technology Corporation Penske Truck Leasing Redner's Markets Reading Railroad
Reading Railroad
(defunct) Philadelphia and Reading Railroad
Reading Railroad
(defunct) Daniels Motor Company (defunct) VF Corporation
VF Corporation
(former)

Sports

Reading Fightin Phils Reading Royals Reading United A.C.

Newspapers

Reading Eagle

Radio

W207AE W222BY W225CF W249AT W253AC W257DI W279BS W279CB W296CL W300BZ WAVT-FM WEEU WBYN-FM WIOV WIOV-FM WMGH-FM WRAW WRFY-FM WXAC WYBQ WYTL WZMV WZXB

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 133547674 LCCN: n85347983 ISNI: 0000 0001 2287 5957 GND: 109060

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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
Pennsylvania
Germans.

Contents

1 Collection 2 History 3 Arboretum 4 See also 5 External links

Collection[edit] 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
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
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
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 Levi Walter Mengel
Levi Walter Mengel
in the first half of this century, make up the collection of Berks County
Berks County
Indian relics. History[edit]

A Study in White (undated), by Charles Webster Hawthorne.

Dr. Mengel's personal collections, donated during his lifetime, formed the nucleus of the present Museum. The first important teaching exhibits of museum calibre were obtained at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904. Nearly 2,000 items were obtained from China, Japan, India, Ceylon, the Philippines and the Central and South American Republics. With this as a beginning, the third floor of the Reading School District administration building at Eighth and Washington Streets was converted into a museum in 1907. In 1913, the first suggestion was made that an art gallery be incorporated into the plan. Several paintings were presented and the name of the infant museum became the READING PUBLIC MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY. It was in 1924 that the Reading School District
Reading School District
asked the citizens of Reading to approve a loan to provide certain needed school buildings. Included in this were provisions for a modern museum building. After a campaign in which the school children took an active part, the loan was passed and the plans for the Museum
Museum
were drawn up. The present site was selected and donated to the Reading School District
Reading School District
by Ferdinand Thun, Henry Janssen, and Gustav Oberlaender, three Wyomissing textile magnates, and friends of Dr. Mengel, breaking ground in 1925. By 1928 the current Museum
Museum
building opened to the public and the collections continued to grow. As with most museums, a comparatively small part of the collection is on exhibit at any one time. Much of the material is held in reserve to permit changes in the displays from time to time, while others are educational collections which may never be exhibited, but are preserved for scholarly study. The Levi W. Mengel Memorial Trust
Levi W. Mengel Memorial Trust
was established to provide funds to make possible the purchase of some of the many fine and desirable articles which are available from time to time. Increasing the amount of money in the endowment fund is a constant challenge, and gifts or bequests are earnestly solicited. In 1992 governance of the museum was transferred from the Reading School District to a private, non-profit foundation. With the Foundation's leadership and partnership with the County of Berks, Reading School District, and the City of Reading, there has been a rededication to the Museum's Mission. As a result of this restructuring, the Reading Public Museum
Museum
is enjoying a renewed vitality. Arboretum[edit] The 25-acre (100,000 m2) Arboretum
Arboretum
at the Reading Public Museum has been a gem of Berks County
Berks County
since the current Museum
Museum
building opened in 1928. In many ways, these grounds have functioned as Reading’s beloved backyard. For over 80 years the Arboretum
Arboretum
has been the home of many events: from light-hearted lilac festivals to educational tree walks; private wedding photo shoots to Public Pops concerts; landscape drawing classes to impromptu picnics; and the traditional Easter at the Museum. Concerned for the future of the grounds, the Museum
Museum
and its supporters commissioned Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC, an award-winning independent firm of landscape architects, urban designers, and planners, to help create a Landscape Master Plan. The result is a restoration guide that will help recapture the Arboretum’s former spirit, and to provide a memorable, educational and inspiring visit for Museum
Museum
visitors. See also[edit]

List of botanical gardens in the United States

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Reading Public Museum.

Official website

v t e

Museums in Pennsylvania

Art

Allentown Art Museum Andy Warhol Museum Athenaeum of Philadelphia Barnes Foundation Brandywine River Museum Carnegie Museum
Museum
of Art The Clemente Museum Demuth Museum Erie Art Museum Frick Art & Historical Center Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia La Salle University Art Museum Mattress Factory Michener Art Museum Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon Palmer Museum
Museum
of Art Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Academy of the Fine Arts Philadelphia Museum
Museum
of Art Pittsburgh Glass Center Reading Public Museum Rodin Museum Susquehanna Art Museum Westmoreland Museum
Museum
of American Art Woodmere Art Museum

History, Culture, and Religion

African American Museum
Museum
in Philadelphia American Jewish Museum American Swedish Historical Museum Civil War Museum
Museum
of Philadelphia Erie Maritime Museum Gettysburg Museum Heinz History Center Independence Seaport Museum Johnstown Flood Museum Masonic Library and Museum
Museum
of Pennsylvania Meadowcroft Rockshelter Mercer Museum Museum
Museum
of the American Revolution Museum
Museum
of Indian Culture National Civil War Museum National Constitution Center National Museum
Museum
of American Jewish History Nationality Rooms Philadelphia History Museum Rosenbach Museum
Museum
and Library State Museum
Museum
of Pennsylvania U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Museum
Museum
of Archaeology and Anthropology

Science, Technology, and Industry

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University America On Wheels Carnegie Museum
Museum
of Natural History Carnegie Science Center Center for PostNatural History Da Vinci Science Center Drake Well Museum Everhart Museum Franklin Institute Mütter Museum Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Anthracite Heritage Museum Railroad Museum
Museum
of Pennsylvania Railroaders Memorial Museum Science History Institute Steamtown National Historic Site Wagner Free Institute of Science

Children's

Children's Museum
Museum
of Pittsburgh Miniature Railroad & Village National Toy Train Museum Please Touch Museum

Coordinates: 40°19′39″N 75°57′05″W / 40.3274°N 75.9513°W / 40.3274; -75.9513

v t e

Reading in Berks County, Pennsylvania

Attractions

The Pagoda Historic Places GoggleWorks Reading Public Museum Historical Society of Berks County Berkshire Mall Fairgrounds Square Mall Santander Arena

Transportation

BARTA Reading Railroad
Reading Railroad
Franklin Street Station Reading Railroad
Reading Railroad
Outer Station Reading Regional Airport Schuylkill Valley Metro
Schuylkill Valley Metro
(cancelled)

Entertainment

Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra Reading Choral Society Berks Youth Chorus

Education

Reading School District

Reading High School Reading Intermediate High School

Albright College Alvernia University Reading Area Community College Penn State Berks

Industry

Boscov's Carpenter Technology Corporation Penske Truck Leasing Redner's Markets Reading Railroad
Reading Railroad
(defunct) Philadelphia and Reading Railroad
Reading Railroad
(defunct) Daniels Motor Company (defunct) VF Corporation
VF Corporation
(former)

Sports

Reading Fightin Phils Reading Royals Reading United A.C.

Newspapers

Reading Eagle

Radio

W207AE W222BY W225CF W249AT W253AC W257DI W279BS W279CB W296CL W300BZ WAVT-FM WEEU WBYN-FM WIOV WIOV-FM WMGH-FM WRAW WRFY-FM WXAC WYBQ WYTL WZMV WZXB

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 133547674 LCCN: n85347983 ISNI: 0000 0001 2287 5957 GND: 109060

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