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Please Touch Museum

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.


Client Served

Rating: 5

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.