Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum
Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA 19131

At Please Touch Museum kids are encouraged to not only touch, but to splash, steer, pedal, play and use their imaginations in a variety of fun, interactive exhibits. The museum is geared for children ages 7 and younger. In our opinion, the ideal age for kids to visit here is 3-5 years old.

When the museum moved out of its cramped center city location in 2008, it gained so much that was lacking at the original site including on-site parking, a magnificent setting inside the beautifully restored Memorial Hall and most importantly, space! At 38,000 square feet, the new museum is more than triple the size of the old one.

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Insider Tip: There is a per vehicle fee to park in the museum's lot. Visitors who arrive early or are just plain lucky may be able to snag a free spot in front of the museum on the Avenue of the Republic

What to See and Do

There are 3 toddler specific areas in the museum for the littlest guests (signs indicate the areas are for those under age 3)including Nature's Pond where little ones can create nature sounds by stepping on lilly pads. Fairytale Garden is a great toddler spot when Mom and Dad need a break! With a gated entrance and an attendant on duty, kids can roam free while Mom and Dad watch from a distance.

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The Please Touch Museum is segmented into the following themed zones.

City Capers - A shoe store, supermarket and medical center combine to make a city neighborhood where kids can explore and pretend. The supermarket was a big hit with our 4 year old. She enjoyed steering her cart through the aisles, selecting groceries and then unloading her cart at the checkout. All of the kids we saw seemed to thoroughly enjoy this pint-sized shopping experience.

Flight Fantasy - Experiments in balance, coordination and speed will help kids burn off some energy in this area. The Hamster Wheel is a kid favorite along with several attractions that require "pedal power".

Roadside Attractions - All things transportation can be found here including a SEPTA bus, a city park and of course, road construction! Where else do preschoolers get to change the tires on a car and fill up a gas tank?

River Adventures - Experiments in science, weather and nature keep kids busy in this zone. Of course, the chance to play with water is a highlight. No worries about wet clothing either as waterproof aprons are provided. Don't miss the walk-on piano (think Tom Hanks in the movie, Big)at the edge of River Adventures.

Wonderland - A trip down the rabbit hole, a Mad Hatters Tea Party, the Hall of Doors and Mirrors and more create a magical and imaginative play area. Truth be told, my 4 year old didn't care much for this area and we found some of the exhibits weren't working properly.

Other stand alone attractions include:

Liberty Arm & Torch A 40 foot replica of Lady Liberty made entirely of discarded play things.

Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel A beautifully restored carousel originally built in 1908. An extra fee is charged for carousel rides. Despite the extra fee, we rode the carousel a few times. The detail work on the horses is amazing - truly one of the prettiest carousels we've seen.

Please Touch Playhouse Orginal shows geared toward young audiences. Most shows are about 20 minutes long and the quality is generally pretty good. Shows are included in the price of museum admission.

Centennial Exploration Adults should also enjoy this 1876 Centennial exhibit. Kids will enjoy working the old fashioned telephone and seeing the old fashioned school house.

Insider Tip: The museum can sometimes get crowded, particularly on rainy days. If you want to try to avoid the crowds, plan your trip on a fair weather day. Also, group reservations are not allowed on Mondays, so visiting then may also be a good option.

Good To Know

When hunger pangs strike, you can turn to the Please Taste Cafe located on the first floor of the museum. The cafe focuses on healthy food and has enough selections to satisfy most kids and adults. On our visit, we found pizza, hot dogs, soups, pre-made sandwiches and salads, regular yogurt and frozen soft serve yogurt. You won't find any bargains here, but prices are reasonable by museum cafe standards.

Standard museum admission is charged for anyone over the age of 1 year.

Insider Tip: Please Touch Museum offers a non advertised AAA discount. The discount is currently $1.50 off admission for up to 6 tickets. To qualify, you must show a valid AAA membership card. Also, on the first Wednesday of the month, the museum offers $2 admission from 5pm-7pm. This represents a huge savings if you can make the day/time work.

Philly city pass The Please Touch Museum is one of several Philly attractions that participate in the Philadelphia City Pass program.

One low ticket price gets you access to 6 famous Philly attractions along with 24 hour on/off privileges on Philly's famous trolley which stops at 20 different attractions. Overall, you'll save about 50% over what you would pay to buy individual attraction tickets. Learn More About Philadelphia City Pass

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