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 Henry Janssen Library will be Wednesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 3 PM, and appointments will be required for the library. No walk-ins will be permitted, though it may be possible to get a same-day appointment. Please call 610-375-4375 ext. 102 to schedule a visit.

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

Plan Your Visit

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

  • Schedule Your Appointment for the Henry Janssen Library By Calling 610-375-4375 ext. 102

  • 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

  • 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

Mask Wearing

Face Masks & Coverings
Beginning August 16, 2021, all visitors must wear a properly fitting face mask or covering while on-site at the Berks History Center regardless of vaccination status. According to the latest numbers from the CDC, Berks County reached a “substantial” level of community transmission of COVID-19. [Source:]

How Are You Feeling?
Visitors who are feeling ill, experiencing flu-like symptoms, or knowingly exposed to someone with flu-like symptoms or COVID-19 should not enter the property and are encouraged to stay home and seek medical care.

Social Distancing

During our intial reopening period, some spaces may be closed.  The auditorum will reopen with our onsite public programming resumes, with social distancing protocols in place. 

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