Discover everything coming up at Reading Museum for all the family to enjoy!
Christmas at Reading Museum
The Forgetful Elf’s Search for a Christmas Star: Throughout December
Follow our fun trail through the Museum galleries. Help our Forgetful Elf search for a star to decorate his tree! Don't forget to stop for a rest along the way and write your secret letter to Father Christmas ready to drop in our post box before you leave. Families, £1.50 per trail, pay on the day or book here.
Festive Rhymetime at Reading Museum: Wednesday 6, 13 and 20 December
The popular Rhymetime sessions at Reading Libraries are now starting at Reading Museum! These sessions introduce babies and children to language, rhyme and taking part in a fun way – includes some seasonal favourites. Families, 10.30am – 11am. Free, drop in
Activity Cart: Visit us in the run-up to the Christmas holidays and enjoy a range of festive art and craft activities. Free, drop in
Father Christmas’ Victorian Winter Grotto: Saturday 16 December
Can you hear his sleigh bells? Step back into Christmases past in this special Saturday event and make a traditional decoration for your home. Compose a letter then present it to Father Christmas and receive a special gift before you leave. A magical experience for those that still believe! Families, half-hour sessions 10am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm. £5 per person, book here.
Reading Town Hall's Inaugural Christmas Market: Saturday 16 December
Get into the festive spirit with a some Christmas shopping at local stall holders and Reading Museum shop. Book a visit to see Father Christmas’ Victorian Winter Grotto and visit The Pantry for a tasty festive treat! The event will take place in the Reading Museum & Town Hall Reception & The Soane Space. 10am – 4pm. Free entry
Winter Wildlife Wishing Tree: Thursday 21 December
As winter draws in and there is less food for wildlife, make a tasty outdoor garland with popcorn and dried fruit for the wildlife in your area. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm. £4 per person, book here.
Family Christmas Choir Workshop: Thursday 21 December
Part of the Reading BID Christmas Celebrations. Set aside some quality family time and make memories with Family Choir Club. We'll sing old and new favourites, enjoy music games and learn new skills in an engaging, nurturing environment. No experience needed! This is a session to warm the cockles and bring the giggles. You will then be performing in The Pantry Café, where you will also receive a discount. Ages 7 and under, plus an adult family member of carer. 10.30am – 11.30am. Free, book here.
Monster Mayhem Trail: Throughout December
There are fantastical creatures hidden all through the Museum – from Roman gods to mythical beasts in the Bayeux Tapestry. Which monster will you spot hidden around the corner? Search through the galleries to find them and unravel the mystery word. When you have completed your trail, go and collect your prize! Even our youngest visitors can enjoy this trail. Families. £1.50 per trail, pay on the day or book here.
Museums, My Way: Every Saturday
We have created a breakout room, aimed at neurodivergent visitors and their families. Quiet areas with tents and cushions and sensory toys will be available. Families can enjoy exploring the galleries using our sensory bags, then take time out to relax before continuing their visit. Families, Free, drop in
The Museum will close at 5pm on Saturday 23 December 2023 and will then remain closed throughout the Christmas period. We will reopen on Tuesday 3rd January 2024.