What to see in our Museums
The Silchester Annexe at Reading Museum
Reading Museum has eleven museum galleries housing the permanent displays and the Sir John Madejski Art Gallery hosting a lively programme of temporary exhibitions. We also have a cafe and shop. Our Riverside Museum has one permanent exhibition gallery and a second space which is used for occasional community art exhibitions.
Each gallery has its own page featuring a short description and images. You can use these pages to find out more about what you can expect to see during your visit, and download a plan of the galleries at the bottom of this page.
The galleries are packed with amazing objects both local and global, from red kites to Rodin sculpture. You can spend time learning about Reading’s fascinating 1000 years of history from Saxon beginnings to today’s hi-tech town or enjoy our regular programme of changing art and cultural exhibitions in the magnificent John Madejski Art Gallery.
Highlights include important archaeological finds from Roman Silchester and medieval Reading Abbey. There is also the unique Victorian copy of the Bayeux Tapestry, contemporary Aldermaston Pottery and the famous Huntley & Palmers biscuit tins.
Our collections are not confined to the galleries. When you visit Reading Museum & Town Hall, look out for a suspended Wendy Ramshaw sculpture and displays of artefacts and ceramics on the walls of the foyer. Objects from the museum collections have been installed throughout our building, where they can be enjoyed by anyone using the spaces for meetings or functions.
For those wanting to explore behind the scenes, we sometimes run tours of the Town Hall building and Museum stores - keep checking our events programme.
Reading Museum floor plan