Although Reading Museum is currently closed to visitors, there are lots of ways for families and children to enjoy our collections from home, through activities, arts and crafts, learning, and more!

Online activity carts

In the last year, we have produced lots of free online activity carts for our youngest visitors to enjoy, both for school holidays and as part of our online exhibitions.

Below, browse all the activity carts we've made so far!

Craft packs

Alongside our online resources, we've produced several unique arts and crafts packs, which can be bought from our Museum gift shop and sent to you through the post!

Easter Challenge Craft Pack

Featuring lots of things to make and do! Includes an Easter Mask to colour and decorate, our Museum Coll-egg-tion sheets to create your own trail at home, and Easter-themed challenges containing ideas of things to do and questions to answer. Perfect for all ages and families. £2.50 per pack. Purchase online!

Oh Beautiful World! Art Pack

Artist Eleanor Lakelin has made a sculpture as a tribute to Oscar Wilde from trees that grew beside Reading Goal when he was imprisoned there. Artists young and old will enjoy making a miniature 3D version of Eleanor’s sculpture and collaging a 2D version. Add them into YOUR beautiful world. £2.50 per pack. Find out more!

Dragon Challenge Craft Pack

Need a challenge during Lockdown?! Follow our adventure map to complete our Dragon challenge and decorate our fangtastic Dragon mask at home.

Suitable for ages 3+. £2.50 per pack. Purchase online!

Roman Mosaic Craft Pack

Choose from three mosaic templates and create your own beautiful version from home, using sticky backed squares. It's the perfect lockdown activity!

Suitable for ages 3+. £2.50 per pack. Purchase online!

Family-friendly blogs

There are many articles on the Reading Museum blog that explore fascinating parts of history that families can discover.

Roman blogs

In A Visit to Calleva, travel back in time and meet a man and woman who lived in the Roman town at Silchester, thousands of years ago. 

In A Day in the Life of an Archaeologist, find out what it's like to be an archaeologist today.

In Silchester Mosaics, discover the fascinating mosaics that have been exacated at the Roman town at Silchester.

Egyptian blogs

In The Journey to the Kingdom of the West: Mummification in Ancient Egypt, meet a man from Ancient Egypt and find out about the process of mummification!

In Sacred Animals of Ancient Egypt, explore the many animals that were considered sacred in Ancient Egypt.

Nature blogs

In Welcoming wildlife: how to build an animal habitat in your garden, learn how you can make your garden a haven for wildlife!

In The absolute beginner’s guide to the birds of Reading’s rivers, learn how you can identify the many birds that live along Reading's rivers.