Reading Public Museum powers up with $600K electrical transformer upgrade

The Reading Public Museum has announced a replacement of an over 60-year-old electrical transformer to a new, state-of-the-art, and code compliant unit. The purchase was entirely financed at a cost in excess of $600,000 and made possible through the financial support of the Reading School District. The project was engineered and recently installed by the team at Pagoda Electrical, Inc.

With this support, the new transformer addresses the electrical needs of the entire campus, including the Museum, the Neag Planetarium, the Arboretum, and the Greenhouse, allowing the museum to continue serving the community as a dynamic center of lifelong learning and discovery for generations to come.

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Dr. Anna Weitz, Board Chair of the Foundation for the Reading Public Museum stated, “We are deeply appreciative of the Reading School District’s generous funding of this important upgrade. This helps to ensure the bright future of the Museum, and all it has to enrich the lives of those in our diverse community.”

This upgrade is especially symbolic at this time of the year for the holiday display, “Yuletide Around the World,” seen throughout the Museum’s galleries as part of the annual celebration of cultures, traditions, and holidays. Sixteen displays representing Christmas, Chanukah and Chinese New Year are featured.

Current popular temporary exhibits include “Voyage to the Deep” (through January 7, 2024), “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit” (through January 14, 2024) and “Cartography in the Age of Enlightenment” (through December 31, 2023). In addition, several dome shows are being presented in the Neag Planetarium, as well as numerous, constantly evolving ongoing exhibits in art, science and history.

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The Reading Public Museum is located at 500 Museum Road, Reading, PA. Admission per day is: $10 adults (18-64), $6 children/seniors/college students (w/ID), and free to Members and children three years old and under. The Museum is open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reading School District students are granted free Museum and Planetarium access and may be accompanied by two adults at no cost. Students must show a District ID card, and the adults who accompanies them must show proof they reside in zip codes within the District.

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