Our small branch site tells the story of Reading's two rivers - the Kennet and the Thames - the Riverside Museum occupies two Listed former waterworks buildings, the Screen House and the Turbine House. It is open every day from April to September, from 10am to 6pm.

The Screen House displays our beautiful 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, including a medieval wooden wheel from St Giles Mill found during archaeological excavations at the site of The Oracle shopping centre.

The Turbine House is a unique Victorian building that spans the River Kennet, with views across the water. It houses preserved turbine machinery and since 2003 has been hosting a programme of summertime art exhibitions and events by the local cultural community.

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

Riverside Museum Summer 2018

watercolour of Turbine House by Lorna Webber

Summer Season 2018:

Mon 23 – Mon 30 April:  Intermedial - Helen Cripps

Wed 9 – Sun 13 May: You just couldn’t remember and I just couldn’t forget – Laura de Moxom & Lisa-Marie Gibbs

Sat 26 May – Sat 8 June: Colour, Light and Transparency – Print in the Park

Wed 13 – Mon 18 June:  Hung drawn and quartered: Photographs of the Abbey restoration - Chris Forsey

Fri 22 June - Tues 3 July: WATER: rivers and seas - Percy Allum

Fri 6 - Sun 15 July: To the Power of 3 - Fong Scott, Heather McAteer, Sarah Read

Sat 28 July - Sun 5 Aug: Connections - Creative Exchange artists

Thur 9 - Sat 18 Aug: Plant and Plot - Kate Corder

Tues 20 -  Sun 2 Sept: Reading's First World War - Reading Museum

Wed 5 - Sun 16 Sept: Landscape, Energy, Structure, Art - Michael Garaway, Lynda South

Wed 19 - Sun 30 Sept: A Sense of Place - Therese Lawlor & Karen Spencer

Exhibiting at the Turbine House

To enquire about exhibiting 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.

gypsy caravan inside the museum
Dunton's caravan inside the Screen House

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