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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children's Museums, Museums

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.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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"