Our scrapbook: A trip to the Reading Public Museum (with Legos!)

We took a completely impromptu family field trip Sunday afternoon to the Reading Public Museum, just a little over an hour from our house.

(Tip for non-Pennsylvanians here: That’s pronounced “Red-ding,” not “Reed-ding.” Just to help inform your reading of the rest of this post in your head.)

Anyway, I owe Hubby, aka Chris, all the credit for pointing out this destination; I didn’t know Reading had a museum, let alone that they had…

Wait for it…

A Lego Castle Adventure exhibit. And, uh, we like Legos. So we went, and we saw a bunch of them, done up awesomely, but we also found some other surprises as well. Here’s a look in photos at some of our favorite parts of this highly-recommended hands-on museum!

The first thing we saw was a gigantic LEGO dragon. He ate Sarah’s hand. Uh, sort of…

LEGO dragon at Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania

Here, Sarah’s showing Chris some evidence in support of her answer to the question, “How did they get this exhibit here without it falling apart?” She found a glue mark!

Pointing out the glue holding together a LEGO dragon at Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania

Here are my two Lego-loving family members with the dragon!

LEGO dragon at Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania

We saw a whole bunch of neat stuff throughout the exhibit (and got a chance to build our OWN creation, complete with spider, Cerberus and “OTTO” spelled out in Lego topiary!) Among the coolest parts, though, were the larger-than-life-sized Lego soldiers, and several Lego castles, including one of Sarah’s favorites, Neuschwanstein!

LEGO soldier and LEGO Neuschwanstein Castle on display at the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania

Our last Lego exhibit photo was taken by Sarah – of Chris and I sitting in the gigantic Lego throne with the Lego stained-glass window behind us! If you’re wondering, the weird thing Chris is doing with his hand is because he was trying to make it look like a Lego minifigure hand!

Sitting on a giant LEGO throne at the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania

After the Legos, we checked out several other cool exhibits. There was a section involving the intersection of art and science, and part of that focused on origami. Not only was there fold-your-own instructions, there was a set of Tangrams there to build with! Sarah created a dog of her own design…

Tangram dog at the Reading Public Museum

And Chris and I worked together to build this. Can you tell what it is?

Tangram Godzilla at the Reading Public Museum

Obviously, Tangram Godzilla, right?

After that, we headed in to several of the history exhibits. I’ve talked recently about Sarah’s interest in ancient history, especially Egyptology and Grecian myths, and while we didn’t expect to find it, it was AWESOME to see some of the things we’d been reading about up close!

Like this cartouche, a shape in which names were written in ancient Egypt (we brought home a sheet where you can write YOUR OWN name in heiroglyphs)…

Egyptian cartouche at the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania

This urn depicting Herakles (Hercules) fighting the Nemean lion, one of the 12 great labors he had to complete…

Urn depicting Herakles (Hercules) defeating the Nemean Lion at the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania

These lions (guardians) that protected the way to a Pharoah’s tomb, much like the Sphinx…

Lions guarding Egyptian tombs at the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania

And this funeral mask, which was on the mummy of Nefrina, who is on display at the museum!

Mummy mask at the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania

Finally, we let Chris get eaten by a giant ant in the parking lot.

Being eaten by a giant ant outside the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania

 Isn’t that how you end your field trips?

11 thoughts on “Our scrapbook: A trip to the Reading Public Museum (with Legos!)

  1. What a fun field trip! Love the lego creations. Wish the museum was closer because my children would have a great time with all the exhibits.

    • Sue, we really loved it! I was surprised – I didn’t even know this town HAD a museum, let alone one with so much. I hope there are some great surprises like that close to you as well!

  2. Ok this was just awesome. Keilee isn’t ‘crazy’ about Legos but she came up behind me and said, “I would love to see that”! How cool! I love all of this, the tangrams, the HISTORY!, the giant ant! The pictures are all just great. I love all the places you go Joan. Fun, fun!

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