387 Ben Franklin Hwy.
Douglassville, PA 19518
Phone: (610) 385-3016
Fax: (610) 385-3188
Arts & Museums
A museum rich with history, the Bahr Mill Complex was built in 1897 to house Jacob Bahr’s woodworking and grit mill business. Today, the mill has been completely restored to give visitors a chance to view the historical equipment used by the family. Don’t forget to visit the museum shop on your way out and pick up some very cool souvenirs like the miniature hay rake exactly like the rake used by Lawrence Bahr. The mill is open only on summer weekends from 11:00a to 4:00p, and all other times by appointment.
Area-built carriages, automobiles, trucks, bicycles and motorcycles and electric battery powered vehicles from around the world are part of the two vehicle collections found at the Boyertown Museum of Historical Vehicles. Scheduled programs and events are held throughout the year.
Housed in the oldest African American-owned church building in Reading and Berks County, a registered landmark and a stop on the Underground Railroad, the Central Pennsylvania African-American Museum establishes, preserves, and maintains a collection of objects, artifacts, papers, books, photographs, and more that document the history and culture of African Americans in the New World, with an emphasis on local and regional African American history and culture.
Focusing on railroading and exhibits, this society museum is nestled on 25 acres and includes the 15 inch gauge Laurel Run Railroad, a large "O" scale model railroad, one inch and one and a half inch scale Live Steam railroads, and much more.
Supported in part by grants from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, this museum offers an array of mixed media work on a variety of arts, science, and civilization.
Award-winning warbirds, classic airliners, and rare and unusual military and civilian aircraft and historical exhibits are showcased at this unique museum that is a major Reading tourist attraction.
The Fleetwood Area Historical Society's museum contains over 4,000 artifacts relating to the area's rich heritage.
Situated on a 30-acre, 19th century farmstead with the stone Eichler-Frankenfield farmhouse, a barn and smaller authentically restored buildings, including a one-room schoolhouse; the mission of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center is to preserve Pennsylvania German history, folklore and traditions with its collection of more than 10,000 artifacts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The library contains genealogical, historical and cultural information. Programs are held throughout the year.
The Lerch Tavern was constructed in 1797 and is a two-story rectangular-shaped structure built in limestone. Over the span of years, it has gained significance as a historic tavern and inn in Werners Ville. It is the headquarters to the Heidelberg Heritage Society. Provisions are made for guided tours and ample parking facilities to ensure the well-being of large groups. The tavern has period rooms furnished with stellar antiques and vintage belongings. It is an important museum and also home to a non-circulating reading library.
Rodale Institute's ongoing Farming Systems Trials is "the longest running research trial comparing organic and non-organic farming in the United States."
The story of Mennonite faith and life in southeastern Pennsylvania is told at the Mennonite Heritage Center. It contains the permanent exhibit "Work and Hope," fraktur and changing exhibits, a historical library with archives, and a gift shop.
This museum is a must-see for aviation buffs, as well as those with an interest in military history. With 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertiplanes, the American Helicopter Museum has a well-rounded collection of impressive machines, including the V-22 Osprey. If you're looking for a thrill, try the 6-8 minute helicopter ride - USD35.00 per person. If you prefer the safety of land, stop into the library and browse the many historic documents and artifacts on display. Finish your trip with a stop at the gift shop, where you're sure to find that one-of-a-kind souvenir.