The Reading Public Museum is looking forward to what it said promises to be an exciting year.
The museum announced Monday its complete lineup of exhibitions for 2014 in anticipation of increased attendance and membership drives.
Electricity will be the first exhibit to open on Jan. 14. It's a classic set of 16 hands-on interactive displays that will engage visitors of all ages in the exploration of the fundamental properties of electricity.
Dora and Diego – Let’s Explore will open Feb. 8 and continue through May 11. The interactive traveling exhibition was created by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis in partnership with Nickelodeon, which airs the popular television series. The exhibit will give children and their families the opportunity to go into the bilingual worlds of Dora the Explorer and her cousin, Diego, to engage in problem-solving and active play.
IHLENFELD/BERTOIA: An Artistic Friendship will be on display from Feb. 8 through May 11. The exhibition explores the sculpture of Klaus Ihlenfeld and works by artist Harry Bertoia, including more than 30 works from all stages of Ihlenfeld’s career, including examples made from welded bronze and found objects.
Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby, opening Feb. 8 and continuing through April 11, is a landmark exhibition featuring the work of the contemporary ceramist. The 60-piece exhibition is the first major retrospective to provide an in-depth critical analysis of Higby’s work from the 1960s to the present.
"It's a wonderful lineup," said Michael Anderson, the museum's public relations and marketing director. "Added to the museum's extensive permanent collection and galleries, special events, 25-acre arboretum, star shows and music programming at the Neag Planetarium, you'll find a year full of experiences you won't find anywhere else."
Spring and summer exhibitions include Icons of British Sculpture (April-August), The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design (May 31 - July 27), CITI BLOCS/Architecture (May 31 - Aug. 30), Frank Lloyd Wright: Architcture of the Interior (May 31 - July 27), and Masterpieces of American Longrifles: The Kindig Family Collection (May 24 - Sept. 1).
Exhibitions on the calendar for fall and winter include Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon (Aug. 23 - Oct. 5), Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race (Sept. 14, 2014 - Jan. 7, 2015), Call to Duty: World War Posters (Sept. 14, 2014 - Jan. 7, 2015), and The American President (Sept. 14, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015).
Success with popular exhibits and a resulting increase in attendance in 2012 prompted the museum to begin its 100th year in 2013 by opening seven days a week and expanding its hours.
The museum, located at 500 Museum Rd., is now open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.