The Screen House and Turbine House at the Riverside Museum

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This small branch site of Reading Museum 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. The Screen House displays our beautiful gypsy caravan built by Reading firm Dunton and Sons to the 'Ledge' design. 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.

Map & Directions

Riverside Museum at Blake's Lock


Gas Works Road (next to Bel & The Dragon), READING, Berkshire, RG1 3EQ
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Tel0118 9373400

Opening Times

* Open summer only - April to September.

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