Please Touch Museum will be closed on Monday, September 11 for an all-staff day of fall cleaning. Please note that we will be open on Labor Day, Monday, September 4.





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Interactive exhibits will stimulate your creativity and imagination

Upcoming Programs

Build & Imagine Weekend
Aug 18 – Aug 20 all-day

Build & Imagine Weekend at Please Touch Museum

Don’t miss this three-day celebration of constructing, building, and inventing! Check out our brand new permanent Gear Wall exhibit in Adventure Camp, build a little city with blocks created by students from the Univeristy of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, construct your own amazing Rigamajig machine, and more!

Gear Wall
Adventure Camp, Floor 1
Opens Friday, Aug. 18
Learn all about gears by building your own system on our new magnetic gear wall. Be one of the first to create something new on this permanent addition to Adventure Camp!

Little City Builder
Centennial Depot, Ground Floor
Open Friday, Aug. 18. On view for a limited time only
The building blocks of a city are in your hands. Listen to the rhythm of the city as you build it higher and higher. This new exhibit originated as a project of graduate students from the UPenn School of Design, created in collaboration with Hive76 and PTM. Funding was provided by PennPraxis.

Program Room: Collaborative Build
Program Room, Floor 1
Friday and Saturday: 10am – 3pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm
Drop in anytime and build! Using simple machines and building materials, let’s construct, engineer, and imagine projects of all shapes and sizes.

Tot Spot: B is for Building
Fairytale Garden, Ground Floor
Friday and Saturday: 10 – 10:30am
Sunday 11:30am – 12pm
Join in activities, songs, and play specially designed to offer our youngest visitors time and space to socialize with others and strengthen early learning skills. Our tiniest builders will explore engineering and construction through guided play.

Innovate & Imagine: Rigamajig
Hamilton Hall, Floor 1
Friday and Saturday: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Sunday: 11 – 1pm
All ages
Follow your curiosity and innovate with wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and ropes. Work together to imagine and construct your own amazing creation.

Storytime: Building Cities
City Park, Floor 1
1:30 PM
Get cozy and listen to stories, sing songs, and build literacy skills with stories about buildings tall and wide and the engineers who designed them.

Innovate & Imagine: Block Party
Imagination Playground, Floor 1
2:30 – 3:30pm
It’s a party in Imagination Playground today! Let’s put on our imagination caps and discover the possibilities of building with blocks.


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Music and Movement: End of the Day Parade
Aug 18 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Music and Movement: End of the Day Parade

Daily 4:30-4:45 pm
Hamilton Hall, First Floor

March in a musical parade through the Museum, and add your own sounds and moves to close out a special day at PTM.

Move to the Story
Aug 19 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am

Move to the Story

Saturday: 9:30 – 10 am
Sunday, 3 – 3:30 pm
Hamilton Hall, Floor 1

Wiggle, stretch, jump and bring your favorite stories to life! Listen to a read aloud and then act out parts of a story together.

Pinch Bear
Aug 19 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Please Touch Playhouse presents Pinch Bear

Monday – Saturday, 11 – 11:30 am and 1 – 1:30 pm
Sunday, 1 – 1:30 pm and 3 – 3:30 pm

Through September 10

Please Touch Playhouse, Ground Floor

Well, you don’t know me very well, now do you!

Pinch Bear is so small and cute you could just pinch her cheeks. But, she knows she’s much more than just small and cute. “Well, you don’t know me very well, now do you!” is her motto as she goes off to prove to the world she can indeed do big things. Don’t miss this inspiring story about pride, determination, and believing in yourself no matter the odds.
Join Pinch Bear, a little bear with a big heart, as she goes on an outsized adventure in this live, interactive theater performance.

Did you know?
The Please Touch Playhouse is the only year-round children’s theater in Philadelphia.

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Hours of Operation

Monday - Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm
Christmas Eve: 9 am to 3 pm
New Year's Eve: 9 am to 3 pm
Thanksgiving & Christmas Day: CLOSED

Contact Information

Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park
4231 Avenue of the Republic
(formerly North Concourse Drive)
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Click here for directions.

Phone: 215-581-3181

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