Riverside Museum at Blake's Lock Reading

part of Reading Museum, telling the story of Readings two rivers, The Kennet and The Thames......

Riverside Museum at Blake's Lock Reading

The Riverside Museum occupies two former industrial buildings, the Screen House and the Turbine House.

The Screen House displays our 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, and including a medieval mill wheel found during excavations at the site of The Oracle shopping centre. A hands-on interactive shows how the mill wheel worked. 


The Turbine House is a unique building that spans the Kennet, with waterside views towards the town centre. It houses preserved turbine machinery and hosts occasional summertime art exhibitions and events.


Opening hours


Admission is FREE

Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday 11am to 4pm

Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays
Closed from Christmas Day to New Year's Day, and closed on Easter Sunday

Visit the Riverside Museum  Website

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015