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Whether you’re planning your dream wedding, a casual party, or a corporate fundraiser, host your unforgettable event with RPM.

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Whatever your occasion, The Reading Public Museum can serve as a prestigious venue rich in beauty and history. Several unique areas can be customized for your event, including the Atrium, the Second Floor Galleries, and the Auditorium.

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The Neag Planetarium’s state-of-the-art audio and video systems can create a serene setting for a wedding under the stars or a pulse-pounding dance party with incredible lighting effects. This distinctive venue is a stellar choice for any event.

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The lush RPM Arboretum is a spectacular locale for even the most elegant affairs. Bask in the majesty of nature in 25 acres of beautifully maintained trees and flowers. Host your event under our Stone Terrace Tent a mere stone’s throw from the Wyomissing Creek.

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The day you pledge your life to another will forever remain in your memory and in your heart, so choosing the perfect venue is essential. Make your wedding day even more special with RPM’s exquisite settings and world-class service.

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From fundraising galas to employee appreciation celebrations, RPM’s experienced, courteous event staff will collaborate with you throughout the entire planning process to ensure that your corporate event is a resounding success.

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There are plenty of things in life worth celebrating, and RPM’s versatile facilities offer many customizable options for anniversaries, graduations, retirements, and more.

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Children can celebrate birthdays in style with activity-filled theme parties in The Museum or the Neag Planetarium. Your guests could embark on a learning adventure as a knight or a princess, make a mummy or a rocket, or enjoy one of our other exciting options.

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Stone Terrace with Catering Tent

With views of the Wyomissing Creek, RPM’s lush botanical gardens, and the majestic Atrium of The Museum, our 40’ x 80’ tent will seat up to 175 people with space for a dance floor. The Stone Terrace is available for bookings from April through October.


Capacity

200 seated at tables
400 standing

Availability

All day, every day of the week

Size

3,200 sq ft
Floor Plan

Rate

$3,500

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Neag Planetarium

Treat your guests to an enchanting celebration under the stars with our state-of-the-art audio and visual technologies. Equipped with a modern catering kitchen, this fascinating venue adds convenience and charisma to any occasion.


Capacity

250 seated at tables
300 standing

Availability

Every day of the week, starting at 5pm

Size

Chamber: 1,287 sq ft
Lobby:
3,121 sq ft
Floor Plan

Rate

$2,000

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Ground Floor Atrium

The vaulted glass ceiling and majestic marble staircase of The Museum Atrium are the epitome of elegance, making this an ideal location for wedding ceremonies, speaking engagements, concerts, cocktail receptions, and intimate dinner parties.


Capacity

80 seated at tables
140 seated theatre-style

Availability

Every day of the week starting at 5pm

Size

2,800 sq ft
Floor Plan

Rate

$1,350

First Floor of Museum

Recommended for cocktail parties and formal receptions, The Museum’s first floor is home to magnificent displays from all over the world. Guests will have plenty to discuss as they admire cultural and scientific artifacts collected over the past century.


Capacity

100 seated at tables
250 standing

Availability

Every day of the week, starting at 5pm

Size

13,325 sq ft
Floor Plan

Rate

$1,350

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Second Floor of Museum

The Museum’s second floor galleries “decorate themselves” thanks to hundreds of oil paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts on display. Your guests will relish a private opportunity to explore the magnificence of The Museum's permanent collections.


Capacity

250 seated at tables
400 standing

Availability

Every day of the week, starting at 5pm

Size

7,645 sq ft
Floor Plan

Rate

$2,000

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Wedding Ceremony in the Arboretum

Proudly proclaim your love to the world with a wedding ceremony in the RPM arboretum. Gorgeous trees and flowers create a stunning backdrop for the joining of two lives, and your guests will enjoy a relaxing day surrounded by nature.


Capacity

A $2 charge is applied for every guest in attendance.

Availability

All day, every day of the week

Size


Floor Plan

Rate

$750

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Second Floor Founder’s Gallery

One of the most striking areas of The Museum, the Founder’s Gallery features beautiful artwork and stained glass windows that bathe the room in a symphony of color. This opulent room is best suited to smaller formal affairs.


Capacity

70 seated at tables
130 seated theatre-style

Availability

Every day of the week starting at 5pm

Size

Chamber: 2,005 sq ft
Floor Plan

Rate

$700

Ground Floor Auditorium

A venue with amazing versatility, the RPM auditorium is equipped with its own sound system, podium, microphone, large projection screen, and computerized lighting system. The room’s minimal decoration invites you to craft the ideal look for your affair.


Capacity

80 seated at tables
175 seated theatre-style

Availability

All day, every day of the week

Size

1,287 sq ft
Floor Plan

Rate

$450

Capacities may vary based on current exhibitions. Food and beverage are permitted in most spaces, with some restrictions. A Museum security guard will be present for all after-hours and weekend events in The Museum, Stone Terrace and Planetarium.

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The rates listed above reflect a three (3) hour rental. You may extend your rental at a rate of $200 per hour. Please note that Stone Terrace rentals include the entire day of your event.

Additional Rates and Discounts

All rentals include complimentary use of six tables, 50 folding chairs, and trash cans with liners. The Stone Terrace Tent will come equipped with window siding for the entire perimeter, as well as basic string lights.

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The reviews are in…

Everything from start to finish with booking the venue to saying "I do" was a breeze. The staff was amazing and The Museum a dream!

Ashley & Jeff
Married August 2012

The Planetarium transformation was breathtaking and being married under the stars, aligned to the night we met, is a memory we will never forget. Thank you all for going above and beyond to make our wedding day what it was – unforgettable!

Amanda & Steve
Married March 2013

Everyone could not stop talking about how beautiful the venue was for our Anniversary Party. Thank you again for all your help!

Griswold Home Care - Berks County
Event held September 2014

A quick note to thank you once again for helping me set up the "Leadership Workshop" for the GCFP. You made it easy. I would recommend The Museum venue to anyone for such an event. It was a pleasure working with [the staff].

Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania
Event held August 2012

Our wedding was everything we hoped it would be. Thank you for helping to make our special day run smoothly. Our guests had a blast!

Sarra & Andre
Married August 2013

Every report I've heard about the Berks Opera Workshop event at The Museum has been positive. Thank you for all you did to make the evening go so well and thanks to the RPM for its generosity in every respect.

Berks Opera Workshop
Event held July 2014

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