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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215-581-3181
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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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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  

1 person found this review helpful

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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