Our small branch site tells the story of Reading's two rivers - the Kennet and the Thames - the Riverside Museum occupies two former Listed industrial buildings, the Screen House and the Turbine House. It is open every day from April to September.

It is a 15 to 20 minute stroll from Reading Museum through the historic Abbey Quarter to the Riverside Museum. Find out how to get to the Riverside Museum.

The Screen House displays our gypsy caravan built by Reading firm Dunton and Sons to the 'Ledge' design, and a video about gypsy life. You can also see a variety of objects illustrating life by the river, from stuffed fish to regatta tickets, and including a medieval mill wheel found during excavations at the site of The Oracle shopping centre.

The Turbine House is a unique building that spans the Kennet, with waterside views towards the town centre. It houses preserved turbine machinery and since 2003 has been hosting a programme of summertime art exhibitions and events by the local community.

To enquire about booking or for further information about the summer programme of community art exhibitions at the Turbine House please e-mail us.

Riverside Museum is opened by our partners at the  neighbouring  Bel and the Dragon restaurant.

An outstanding and astonishing tiny museum. I love it!

Riverside Museum visitor
an exhibition inside the Turbine House
A temporary exhibition in the Turbine House
gypsy caravan inside the museum
Dunton's caravan inside the Screen House