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Please Touch Museum

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The Please Touch Museum was opened in 1976 as a Children’s Museum for educational and entertainment purposes. It is located in Memorial Hall which is a historic landmark built in 1876 for the purpose of recognizing the country’s 100th birthday. Children and their families love to visit this museum. Discover why by reading on.

The museum says it all in the title, it’s a hand’s on museum where virtually everything is available for children to touch and experience. The exhibits continue to expand every year but some of the best to check out include the Rainforest Rhythm exhibit, Wonderland exhibit, and the Centennial exhibit.

The Rainforest exhibit was created to get children involved with music and rhythm in a fun interactive way. Children can develop their own music by playing with a rain stick that makes noises, beating on fallen forest trees, beating Congo drums, and discovering and interacting with rainforest animals. This exhibit is fun and lets children make art for themselves. It has become one of the most popular exhibits because children enjoy the rainforest creatures and the music they make.

The Wonderland exhibit is all about adventure and creativity. Built around the famous children’s story Alice in Wonderland, this exhibit takes children on a whirlwind of excitement. Children wind down the spiral maze and enter Wonderland exciting their imaginations. They can have tea with the Mad Hatter, solve complicated riddles, discover optical illusions with the hall of doors and mirrors all while learning and expanding their minds. It is an adventure any child would love.

Carousel HorseThe Centennial exhibit is far different from the others in the museum. It reaches back in time to the 100th anniversary of the United States founding and celebrates it with the centennial railroad. Children can explore what Philadelphia looked like over 100 years ago and explore the train station that pushed the nation forward.

If you have small children and are visiting Philadelphia then take them to the Please Touch Museum. You will be amazed at how entertaining the museum can be to adults as well as children.


Monday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Address/Map:  4231 Avenue of the Republic Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: (215) 581-3181
Website: Plan your visit to Please Touch Museum
Admission: $16 for children and adults | Free for members and children under age one