Last updated: 3/16/2011
Reading, Pennsylvania
Street Address
119 N. 10th Street
Reading, PA 19601
Mailing Address
119 N. 10th Street
Reading, PA 19601
phone: 610-371-8713
ADMISSION - $3.00 Children $1.50 (up to age 12) *Senior Citizens -$2.00 Group rates are available. Includes a guided tour of the museum and a view of THE PIT where runaway slaves hid. Museum Hours: Opened Wednesday & Friday 10:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. and Saturday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. All other days opened by appointment only.
Museum Type(s)
Gift Shop
Frank Gilyard, President of the Board of Directors
phone: 610-371-8713
Mildred Gilyard, Administrative Assistant
phone: 610-371-8713

The vision of Frank Gilyard, Sr., a local historian is the impetus behind the Central Pennsylvania African American Museum. For over 30 years, Frank has collected and catalogued the art, documents, court records and books which focuses on local African American history in the Reading and Berks County area. It has long been a dream of Mr. Gilyard to establish an African American Museum in the city of Reading. His collection is a journey through the last 177 years and a critical, but undiscovered chapter in our community's development.


To establish, preserve and maintain a collection of objects, artifacts, arts, papers, books, photographs, etc. that document and describe the history and culture of African Americans in the new World, with an emphasis on our local and regional (Reading, Berks and surrounding counties) African American history and culture, and to create an appropriate environment for exhibition of the collection, to foster understanding of the history and culture of Africans in the New World, and to encourage education and research. The mission of the museum also includes the preservation of the Underground Railroad located on the lower level of the Old Bethel A.M.E. Church in Reading, Pennsylvania.


Access: General Public

Appointment required: No


Gift Shop

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