The Reading Public Museum has updated its exhibit calendar amid December shutdown orders. The popular exhibit Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau, originally set to close January 3, will remain on view into February 2021.

After the mandated closures were enacted through January 3, The Museum received many inquiries from the public hoping for an extension of Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau. Museum officials worked with exhibit lender, Landau Traveling Exhibitions, and was granted permission to keep it on display for a few more weeks. Discussions around an exact closure date continue, but interested parties are encouraged to visit as soon as possible.

The Museum also added to its calendar Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, a family exhibit which promotes early childhood literacy through beloved picture books. Storyland will ope  February 13 and remain on display through May 16, 2021.

“By extending the Mucha exhibition into February, and adding Storyland this spring, we’re hopeful that those families who missed out on their planned visits to The Museum over the Holidays will now be able to enjoy these world-class exhibitions” said stated John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO of the Reading Public Museum.

“Thanks to the support of our sponsors and lenders, we are doing our best to make up for the lost revenues caused by the State’s mandated closure, while continuing to offer a safe and responsible experience for our members and the public.”

About Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau: Mucha’s work became synonymous with the international Art Nouveau style, popularly called “le style Mucha” in Paris at the turn of the century. With a focus on the works created during the 1890s, this exhibition shows a creative man exploring possibilities when the emphasis was on defining a new art, fit for the new century.

About Storyland A Trip Through Childhood Favorites: This exhibit transforms seven beloved award-winning picture books – The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter; The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats; Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill; If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault; Abuela by Arthur Dorros; and Tuesday by David Wiesner into three-dimensional play and bi-lingual (English and Spanish) learning environments.

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