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GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

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Address: 201 Washington St, Reading, PA 19601-4009
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+1 610-374-4600
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 19:00

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Unique gifts, classes, browsing

This is a wonderful downtown experience. for those visiting the area be sure to stop in and view the artists at work (more available on the weekends), visit the changing displays... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bucketlist28
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful downtown experience. for those visiting the area be sure to stop in and view the artists at work (more available on the weekends), visit the changing displays, and purchase some unique gifts. Small cafe with very reasonable prices. If you live in the area take in one of the art cinema movies or consider holding a... More 

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Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Always very good exhibits, artist demonstrations, and classes happening here. The glass-blowing is amazing! It is a good place for all ages.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They offer so much from art classes to movies that you will always find something of interest here. Every year they host the Reading School District's show of student artwork.

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Thank whataslacker
Douglassville, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

We had a tour of the facility, watched Reading High students work on pottery and metal jewelry and glass blowing, spoke with a couple of artists working in their studios, visit the history museum on the 3rd floor and the Genealogical Society on the 4th floor. So many opportunities to explore and experience the arts here in Reading. They have... More 

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Thank Marlane D
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

"Founded by Gile J. Willson and his son Dr. Thomas A. Willson in 1871, Thomas A. Willson & Co. opened the first factory in the world to manufacture optical glass for lenses and reading glasses." Experiencing that in itself is worth the visit while walking the old building. Lots to do and lots to see, plenty of parking, just a... More 

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Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

This old factory houses all kinds of artists as well as local organizations (like the Reading/Berks Conference of Churches) and has great spaces for parties and concerts. Lots of free parking too - and it is right near an IMax and a really good restaurant.

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West Lawn
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

The GoggleWorks has so much to offer: movies not being shown elsewhere; local artwork on display; gift shop with beautiful items from local artists; various workshops, etc. Well worth a trip into the city.

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Thank Jacqueline W
Alexandria, Virginia
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

A smart use of space in this vacant industrial building. Great art exhibits (they even show independent movies) and artists studios in this 5-level building. Grab a cup of coffee and wander around.

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Thank Nuka87
Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

The Goggle is a great place to view all types of art by all ages. I especially like the watercolor paintings by our own neighbors in the Reading area. There is always an art display from one of the schools. You can also take several art classes from painting to glass blowing.

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Thank suzannebB5432BQ
Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

The GoogleWorks has much to offer, whether you live in Berks County or are just passing through on a visit. The first floor has revolving exhibitions which feature artists from near and far. Upstairs, local artists have studios. The GoggleWorks also has a glass blowing studio, and their first Sunday open house includes demonstrations. My favorite part is their movie... More 

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