C. Howard Hiester Canal Center

1102 Red Bridge Rd.
Reading, PA 19605- Map It
Phone: (610) 374-8839

AAA Editor Notes

C. Howard Hiester Canal Center, next to Berks County Heritage Center's information center at 1102 Red Bridge Rd., has a collection of artifacts representing 19th-century travel on the Union and Schuylkill canals. Videos offer historic information. Among the large exhibits are a tugboat pilothouse, a tollbooth and a coal scow that was converted to a houseboat for the Hiester family, who operated a boatyard. Guided tours are available.
$5; $4 (ages 60+); $3 (ages 7-18). Combination ticket with Gruber Wagon Works $8; $6 (ages 60+); $4 (ages 7-18).
Hours: Guided tours are given Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. noon-5, May 1-last Sun. in Oct. Last tour begins 1 hour before closing. Allow 1 hour minimum.