940 Centre Ave Reading, PA 19601 | (610) 375-4375 | Visit Website

Berks History Center (BHC) leads the way in telling the 300-year story of Berks County and its people, with the aim of building an understanding of our unique history, strengthening our sense of community and inspiring our community’s progress in the years to come. Discover the unique history and diverse cultural heritage of Berks County through artifacts, museum exhibitions, historical records and literature, educational programs and special events. A portion of the collection is held at the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles.

 ​Enjoy discovering the vast collection of over 20,000 historic artifacts, 30,000 photographs, and priceless materials such as tax records from 1754 at the Berks History Center. Unique items include early bicycles, a very rare horse drawn streetcar, a Conestoga wagon, a Duryea automobile, Schuylkill Navigation Company and Union Canal records, a library with over 15,000 volumes and a 7,200 piece manuscript collection. Works of art include those by Ben Austrian, Jack Coggins, Earl Poole and more. A searchable database with more than 800,000 names is available to the public.  


Hours of Operation

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday:  Closed
Wednesday-Saturday:  9 am to 3 pm

Berks History Center