Reopening


Reopening to the Public

We are looking forward to getting back to what we do best; welcoming you to the Berks History Center to explore and discover your Berks History! The well-being of our visitors, volunteers, and staff is our top priority. 

Public visitation hours for both the museum and library will be Wednesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 3 PM, and appointments will be required. No walk-ins will be permitted, though it may be possible to get a same-day appointment. Please call 610-375-4375 to schedule a visit beginning Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

Until 70% of Pennsylvanians 18 and older are fully vaccinated, face masks are required to enter our buildings and for the duration of your visit regardless of your vaccine status.

Before you visit the Berks History Center’s museum or Henry Janssen Library, please review our Health & Safety Protocols for Visitors



Opening June 2nd by Appointment Only

We are excited to announce that as of Wednesday, June 2, 2021, the BHC is open to the public by appointment only. We have been waiting for this day for a long time, and we know you have as well!

Call 610-375-4375 to schedule your visit!


Plan Your Visit

Before you visit the Berks History Center, please review the checklist below:

  • Schedule Your Appointment by Calling 610-375-4375

  • Review BHC’s Visitor Health & Safety Protocols
  • Arrive at Your Pre-Scheduled Appointment Time

    • Arriving on time will help ensure maximum access for all of our visitors as well as everyone’s safety

    • Parking is Available at 160 Spring Street

  • Wear Your Mask Properly Before Entering the Museum or Library Building and Be Prepared to Wear It for the Duration of Your Visit

    • Don’t worry, we have extras available on site
  • Prepare to Maintain Appropriate Social Distance Whenever Possible

    • Pleased maintain 6 feet between you and others

  • If you are sick, have a cough or fever, have any health conditions that might make you susceptible to illness or are considered high-risk, we ask that you please stay home. 


Protecting Your Health

Cleaning Protocols

Once open, staff will perform enhanced cleaning throughout the day to ensure healthy and safe conditions in the building.

Personal Protection Equipment

Face coverings will be required for all visitors older than age two inside our building, including employees. Face coverings will be made available, without charge, to anyone requesting them. 

Facilities Still on Pause

During our initial reopening period, some spaces may be closed. Our Hands-on-History Room will be closed until further notice. The auditorium will reopen when our onsite public programming resumes, with social distancing protocols in place. 

Social Distancing

Social distancing is required and will be enforced; parties may remain together; children must stay with adults at all times. 

We encourage you to limit handshakes, hugs, and close contact with one another while visiting the Berks History Center. We also ask that both visitors and staff practice the everyday actions that help to prevent the spread of an illness, which include the following:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash. Do not sneeze into your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a 60% or higher alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g. countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes)

Posters have been placed in common areas to remind everyone of these important guidelines. Be Smart, Stay Safe: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. Please observe the precautions above!


Berks History Center has completed the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance’s “Best Practices for Re-Opening” Certificate Program