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 2019

watercolour of Turbine House by Lorna Webber

Summer Season 2019

The full programme will be published shortly.

Saturday 13 - Sunday 21 April 'Dual Aspect' - Landscapes seen through the eyes of two distinctive artists by Michael Elstow & Lorna Webber


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