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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EIN 23-2109376
215-581-3181
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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  

1 person found this review helpful

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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