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We have two sites, Reading Museum & Town Hall and the Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock. Admission is FREE.

Reading Museum & Town Hall

External view of the Town Hall from the Town Square

Reading Museum & Town Hall is a fine example of Victorian gothic architecture. The museum has eleven galleries displaying a fascinating range of objects from our collections and an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions. You can find out more about what you can see and do in the What’s On and Collections areas of the website. Our Concert Hall houses the superb Father Willis Organ and plays host to a programme of events from classical music to comedy.


The family-friendly galleries are accessible to all. Help your child to explore the Museum using our trails, worksheets, picture bingo and handling bags. Palmers Cafe and the museum shop are on the ground floor of the museum. The cafe sells Fairtrade tea and coffee, cakes and snacks. In the shop you can browse a range of gifts that includes Huntley & Palmers biscuits and tins, Reading memorabilia and Victorian-style toys. Follow the links to find out more.

To help make the most of your visit please download the Access Guide below. We welcome all visitors with additional needs, please email us if you have any further questions.

If you are planning to bring a group please call us in advance to book (0118 937 3400) or email us.

Please be aware we have a lot of school groups using our galleries in term-time weekdays between 10am and 2.15pm, so if you wish to see a particularly gallery it may be advisable to visit outside these times or contact us in advance. The galleries are general quieter after 2.30pm.

Some Huntley & Palmers products sold in our shopPalmers CafeDetail of a mural on the wall of Palmers Cafe, with display case

Museum opening hours

Admission is FREE

Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm

Closed Sundays, Bank Holidays and Mondays (except during Berkshire school half-terms)
Closed from Christmas Eve to New Year's Day.

Palmers Cafe opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

How to find us

The Museum & Town Hall is in the centre of Reading. The main entrance is via sliding glass doors on Blagrave Street, a two minute walk from the Reading train station and main bus stops.

If you are coming by car, from the M4 Junction 10 follow the A329M towards the A4 and town centre. From M4 Junction 11 follow the A33 towards the town centre and from M4 Junction 12 follow the A4 to the town centre. The Museum does not have its own car park but there are six disabled parking spaces at the front of the building and public car parks are available nearby at Garrard Street and Queen’s Road. Alternatively use park and ride buses to the centre of Reading. The postcode is RG1 1QH.

There is a coach set-down point on Valpy Street, opposite the Museum. Please note it is then necessary to cross Valpy Street to access the Museum entrance at the front of the building.

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