Please Touch Museum

Rating: 5 stars   10 reviews


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


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


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.

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About every month

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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

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About every week

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