West Berkshire Museum

Image of recently refurbished West Berkshire Museum

The museum reopened after a four year reburbishment in August 2014. It has eleven galleries, all of which are temporary and will change every 3-12 months.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Wed-Sun 10am-4pm, Bank Holiday Mondays 10am-4pm.

Admission charges

Free entry.

Additional info

We are fully accessible for wheelchairs and buggies, and have toilet facilities as well as baby changing facilities. There is a lift at each end of the building and places to sit within the galleries. The museum also has a cafe serving light refreshments.

The museum has a Learning & Participation Officer who, among other things, offers object handling sessions for schools and community groups at the museum and across West Berkshire. For more information on the service then please contact the museum.

The Museum's Collections cover a range of subjects including:
· Archaeology
· Books
· Costume & Accessories
· Ephemera (eg programmes, certificates)
· Fine and Decorative Art
· Geology
· Maps
· Natural History
· Numismatics (coins and medals)
· Photographs
· Rural Life
· Social History
· Trade & Industry.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Trade and Commerce, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Photography, Natural Sciences, Inland Waterways, Industry, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology, Agriculture

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Blaze, the museum's resident dragon

Museums at Night Family Friendly Evening

  • 30 October 2015 6-8pm

Bring a torch and experience a museum visit by torchlight. Complete a FREE family friendly trail themed around Blaze, the museum's dragon that lives on the Cloth Hall weathervane, and his dragon buddies. For more information call 01635 519562 or email museum@westberks.gov.uk

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


Free entry as usual.



West Berkshire Museum
The Wharf
RG14 5AS

logo: Museums at Night






01635 519562

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