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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
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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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A good local interest museum

Closes at 4.00, so come early to see it all. At least an hour to enjoy the copy of the Bayeux Tapestry.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Bishkek
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An excellent small museum presenting a reproduction of the Bayeux tapestry. No better way to explore British history.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Closes at 4.00, so come early to see it all. At least an hour to enjoy the copy of the Bayeux Tapestry.

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Thank williambrowning
Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time visit, and well worth it. Lots of fascinating items, including a replica of the Bayeux Tapestry. I was surprised at the number of finds in the Reading area. Silchester is well known, but mammoth tasks in Caversham? All very good.

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Thank Richard J
Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks 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 

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Thank Helengak
Hounslow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

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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Reading
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

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 

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

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.

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Thank David S
Slough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

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.

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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.

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