Reading, Pennsylvania is a great hub for cultural activities. Visitors can enjoy one of the multiple museums and cultural centers present in the city: there will always be an activity available to broaden your mind and horizons. Here are the top five cultural activities that you and your family can enjoy:
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
GoggleWorks is a five-story community art center featuring six large teaching studios (in ceramic, hot and warm glass, jewelry, photography, and wood), 35 artists’ studios, exhibitions galleries, and the offices of many cultural organizations. It also houses a theatre which presents art house films daily, a café, and a store.
The space is filled with talented people and beautiful artwork. It offers many classes and expositions. It’s great for adults and children alike, and will be sure to offer a compelling and fulfilling cultural experience. Take a look at their 2016 class offerings!
Reading Public Museum
The Reading Public Museum is a dynamic center of learning and discovery located in a beautiful setting. It features changing exhibitions, a planetarium, and an arboretum. Its mission is to provide rich, tactile experiences in order to spark curiosity for visitors of all ages. It currently features exhibitions on Awkward Family Photos (all ages), Fat Dogs and Talking Horses (for kids), the Tsar’s Cabinet, and much more. It’s a great place to visit with your family and learn something new!
The Pagoda, located on top of Reading’s Mount Penn, is an iconic landmark of Japanese influence which offers stunning views of the city and beyond. It stands seven stories high and 866 feet above sea level, and was built over one hundred years ago. It is owned by the city and citizens of Reading, PA and is an extraordinary symbol of the city.
Mid-Atlantic Air Museum
The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, located on the property of the Reading Airport, is a small community organization maintained by volunteers which holds an impressive collection of vintage aircrafts (none of which are roped off–you can get as close as you’d like). The museum also holds several events, including its famous World War II Weekend, which is definitely worth the trip.
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
The Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center is great place to go on hikes, picnics, and cross-country skiing in the winter. It boasts 10 miles of hiking trails and a wide range of wildlife. The Education Center provides a variety of education-oriented programs for students, teachers, adult groups and individuals in order to help people develop a strong environmental ethic. It is definitely a must-see, in the summer and winter alike.