Please Touch Museum

Rating: 5 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park 4231 Avenue of the Republic Philadelphia PA 19131 USA

Mission: Please Touch Museum’s mission is to enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play. We believe young children learn best when they are engaged in playful, hands-on experiences in a social environment that encourages interaction with others; and we dedicate ourselves to ensuring that children, regardless of economic background, race, religion, gender, or disability, have equal access to these experiences. Please Touch Museum’s hands-on approach to education has been validated by the research of experts like Dr. Howard Gardner of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He views a child’s sustained relationship with a museum as “a rich source of engaging projects which can pervade all educational environments, from home to school to workplace.”
Target demographics: Families with young children.
Geographic areas served: Greater Philadelphia region
Programs: Please Touch Museum has sponsored multiple events through Variety, the Children’s Charity of Philadelphia, including Autism and Disability Awareness nights. Beginning in January 2010, Please Touch Museum will open Access/ABILITY, a traveling exhibition designed for children ages 5-12 and their families. This 1,200-square-foot, hands-on disability awareness exhibit presents people with disabilities participating in everyday activities and settings that are familiar to children. This exhibit will be accessible for children and families with physical, visual and hearing impairments and will raise disability awareness among museum visitors. The exhibit is sponsored by the Widener Memorial Foundation in Aid of Handicapped Children.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Please Touch Museuam is dedicated to educating our children through play and various other learning experiences. The new location at Memorial Hall opened in October, 2008, and for the past two years, over 500,000 visitors each year have been amazed with the transformation of what was originally built as the original Phila. Art Museum during the Centennial back in 1876 to what is now one of the most highly recognized Children's Museums in the U.S., and perhahps the World. Children and adults visit the Museum via daily admission fees or annual memberships, but to make sure that the audience of potential visitors is expanded, the Musueam offers free admission to young children attending Philadelphia schools, as well as partnering with certain of the PTM sponsors to offer discounted admissions. The phenomenal staff is trained to ensure that each child's visit is fun AND educational. There is so much to do that it is practically impossible to cover the entire museum in one visit, plus the various activities are so enjoyable, the children really enjoy participating in the various offerings time and time again. Finally, let's not forget about the adults--the feeling of providing such a rewarding set of varied experiences for one's children is probably enough, however, in addition, the adults attending will be amazed at the preservation and restoration of the 1876 facility, plus will be fascinated with the large replica of the Centennial (also known as the 1876 World's Fair) on the first floor of the Museum. A fantastic family activity!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

thru my involvement with the Board, participating in the various fund raisers, as well as the transition from downtown Phila. to Memorial Hall in Fairmont Park, and simply enjoying my visits to the Museuem with my grandchild, children & friends.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Every year I support the museum's annual fund -but the best part of my involvement with Please Touch is through their fundraising events such as Storybook Ball and their newest event - Stroller in the Park. Storybook Ball is a unique and adorable event that ties in their literacy programming with their mission of learning through play. Kids (and grown ups) are encouraged to come dressed as their favority storybook characters and enjoy a night of play, storybook readings, meet & greet with some of your favorite story characters, dancing and food. I have never seen so many princesses in one area other than Disney! Truly a memorable event - to see the smiles on all of the kids faces, especially mine, is priceless!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In a world of facebook, twitter, ipads and blackberries - Please Touch Museum offers a no technolgy throw back to the basic concept of learning through play and interacting with your child.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the quality educational experience and also the balance of just having fun and playing!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

some of the best that I have ever encountered at museum or theme park. Super friendly and accommodating!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

truly be experts in play and provide a solid foundation as the gateway for future museum visitors, members, supporters, sponsors and donors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

In August of 2010, my husband and I brought our three kids to the museum(we're members). From the moment we stepped foot in the door, we were all greeted like family. I love the safe, clean environment, and the fact that there's always something new to do or see.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by becoming a member and seeing consistency in the overall experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently visited the Please Touch Museum with my daughter, age 4 and son, age 3. Talk about a truly wonderful experience -it was AWESOME! Each exhibit was so fun and engaging. Every staff member was very helpful, child oriented and nice. And the entire place was spotless. I was very impressed and my kids are already asking to go back again.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing them go from their original location to Fairmont Park.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

everything!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very nice - it was obvious they loved their jobs. They intereacted with all the children and tried to engage them in each activity.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

add locations elsewhere so all the nations children could enjoy it. And eliminate the admission cost :)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

My family and I are members of the Please Touch Museum. We have a 20 month old son and he absolutely loves it there! The learning that he is acquiring from visiting the museum is immense. It is such a great safe, fun and educational place for him. He develops his motor skills, he sings songs, and enjoys the shows. I find the membership to be more than worth it and I try to visit the museum with him at least once every few weeks. It is by the far the best place in the area for young children!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have had many visits to the museum with my son and I can see all the things he picks up on whenever we are there.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the shows and music programs

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely friendly, helpful and great with the children

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be the premier children's museum in the nation!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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My husband and I took our son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons to PTM. We knew it was going to be a great experience as we had heard about how wonderful it was before we got there! Well, we had no idea of just how wonderful it was. Our grandsons were ecstatic to see all that there was and didn't want to leave the rooms once they were there. From shopping in the grocery store to riding the cars then the carousel etc. - one wonderful experience after another. We didn't want to leave! It is a fantastic place for the children to experience! Job so well done! Thanks to all who worked so hard.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working so closely with a member of the Board of the PTM. Hearing about all the new things they are planning is so heartwarming and makes me proud of what they are accomplishing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the looks on the faces of the young children when they are experiencing all that the PTM offers them. It is so heartwarming!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all so courteous and look like they are loving what they are doing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do so much more on their own without having to ask for donations to help finish their dreams.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Please Touch Museum is a great place for local families and tourists with children to play and learn. It has interactive exhibits based in reality and the imagination. Kids can play with real cars, pretend to grocery shop, or skip through Alice in Wonderland's maze. They can see shows, have bday parties, and ride a historical carousel. At the site of our nation's centennial celebration, PTM offers historical tours to adults, wonderful programs for city students/families, and a beautiful site to host parties, company events, and more. As a mom, aunt, donor, and Board Member, I recommend the experience of the Please Touch Museum...again, and again, and again.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing families learn though play, seeing students have mentoring opportunities, seeing a historical building's amazing rennovation, seeing wonderful bday parties and events, seeing kids laugh and smile!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

defer to its wonderful/creative staff!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing so many children smiling!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Exceptional, helpful, and smiling!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Continue to fund programs which impact so many children and families each year.

Ways to make it better...

we would have stayed longer!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Fundraising

One thing I'd also say is that...

Every dollar this organization raises goes to creating smiles/learning/play for children and families whose lives are more enriched b/c of PTM.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

PTM is not only a wonderful place for families to create "memorable moments" together, it also is truly a place for childrent to be in control and to exercise their creative, inquisitive sides to the fullest extent. Just about everything is self directed and non structured to encourage exploration at their own pace. In addition, the Museum has an amazing number of comunity outreach programs to attempt to make its resources available to all Philadelphia area children, especially those at risk in the community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working to increase local employment in a disavanteaged neighborhood; developing teen education and training programs; serving community outreach groups; providing teacher and parent training; providing special events for children on the autism spectrum

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more evening hours

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The exhibits are great.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Incredibly friendly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Ensure its future

Ways to make it better...

I could go more often

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Remaining affordable to all

One thing I'd also say is that...

More people should discover this gem

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I have taken my 2 year old granddaughter to PTM several times and each time she makes a"new discovery". The last time we were there, she was especially interested in the cars. Some of her favorite books right now are the Disney Cars series, so she had a great time putting air into the tires and helping to fill the gas tank. This also gives her a chance to interact with other children and realize that you need to wait your turn. She looks forward to going and playing in space that is "just right for me"

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a very favorable way

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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The Please Touch Museum is a wonderful place where little minds go to explore, learn and play. It is filled with magical experiences. My children spend hours learning while they "food shop", "drive" a real car, "ride" a real bus, learn about levies, canals and water movement and so much more. It is a community treasure where Moms and Dads can feel confident that their little ones will have a wonderful and educational time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the requests of my children to go back.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Like all organizations on crazy days, a few more employees on hand would make the visit a little less chaotic, but overall they do a great job.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it's sense of wonder in the design of the activities that my children interact with.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind and loved children

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create an outdoor play area as well

Ways to make it better...

I suppose there could be even more exhibits

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

awareness - I don't think that the surrounding areas really know about this treasure.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The building is beautiful. The architecture and the interior design is just beautiful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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