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Voyage to the Deep Coming Soon to the Reading Public Museum

by Reading Public Museum

Voyage to the Deep Coming Soon to the Reading Public Museum

Suit up and dive into the engaging international traveling undersea exhibition Voyage to the Deep! This exhibit tells the story of underwater exploration and adventure based on Jules Verne’s classic 1870 novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Designed for families and children from pre-school to middle school, visitors to Voyage to the Deep will engage with both the fantasy of the novel and the facts of today, exploring Verne’s imaginary world and the real-life wonders of the oceans. The exhibition will be on display in The Museum’s Temporary Exhibition Galleries on the second floor from Sept. 23, 2023, through Jan. 7, 2024.

Voyage to the Deep gives visitors the exciting opportunity to join an undersea odyssey. Guests can climb aboard and explore the gigantic five-part interactive Nautilus submarine, which includes a bridge, control room, salon, living quarters, and engine room. Adventurers can tap out a melody on the pipe organ aboard the vessel, but be careful not to strike the wrong key or something unexpected might happen! Guests may find themselves scaling the escape hatch and sliding away from the submarine to escape the giant squid!

Release your inner explorer and encounter topics in maritime archaeology, marine habitats and deep-sea environments, submarine technology, and more. Delve into the belly of a mighty shark and investigate the surprising objects the apex predator has swallowed. Venture through the Kelp Forest and meet the various marine creatures that reside within the exhibit. Wander through the Octopus Garden or Crack the Code using the ancient alphabet from the sunken city of Atlantis.

Voyage to the Deep brings to life the deep-sea adventures of Captain Nemo, his fantastical Nautilus submarine, and the mythical world he inhabited. The exhibition is designed to provide a range of interactive experiences, including full-body interactions, mechanical and electro-mechanical components, interactive projections, and touchscreens.

As part of our programming for this exhibit, visitors are invited to join us for special screenings of the 1954 film, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, on Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Museum will also remain open until 9 p.m. for some after-hours fun either before or after the movie! Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Registration is required for this event, which will be available soon on the Reading Public Museum’s website.

Voyage to the Deep was developed by the Australian National Maritime Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish.

The Reading Public Museum is supported in part by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and is located at 500 Museum Road, Reading, PA. Admission per day is $10 adults (18-64), $6 children/seniors/college students (w/ID), and free to Members and children three years old and under. The Museum is open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit online: