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Play is undoubtedly the most important work of childhood.

Please Touch Museum’s mission is to “Change a child’s life as they discover the power of learning through play.” Our Museum is where lifelong learning begins, curiosity is encouraged and every child is always welcome. Underpinning this mission is a promise, “To be a leader in 21st century children’s museums as a key resource of learning through play, and expand our reach and impact in the Philadelphia region and beyond.” To fulfill this promise, Please Touch Museum will continue to be inclusive, open and accessible to all communities.

Our interactive exhibits, programs and special events are designed to focus on creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking as core elements. With this, children discover, learn and play and as a result develop the intellectual, social and emotional skills they need to succeed in school and life.


Great minds shaping greater minds.

Please Touch Museum Board of Trustees
  • Benjamin L. Johnson, Chair
  • Christine Campbell, Chair-Elect
  • Aisling Murphy, Secretary
  • Nikki DiCaro, Treasurer
  • Patricia D. Wellenbach, President & CEO
  • David M. Davis
  • Karen Griffith Gryga
  • Kristen D. Han
  • Ron Koch
  • Arianna Orpello Lewko
  • Sara C. McGowan
  • Angela Monaco
  • Christyn L. Rossman
  • Tracey Santilli
  • Christopher Scarpa
  • Steven A. Singh
  • Salima Suswell
  • Richard (Dick) Tewksbury, Jr.
  • Shawn Tuli

Ex Officio Members  

Joshua M. Cohen
Chief of Staff
Office of Councilman Curtis Jones Jr.
Representing The Honorable Darrell Clarke
Philadelphia City Council President

Marcella Daniels
Chief of Staff
Office of Senator Vincent J. Hughes
Representing The Honorable Vincent J. Hughes
Member, Pennsylvania Senate

Kelly Lee
Chief Cultural Officer
Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy
Representing The Honorable James Kenney
Mayor, City of Philadelphia

Tiffany W. Thurman
Chief of Staff
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Representing Kathryn Ott Lovell
Commissioner, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation


Elizabeth B. Cartmell
Sharon G. Coghlan, Esq
Anne F. Hamilton

Sally W. Stetson
Portia Sperr, Founder, Please Touch Museum

The Parkside Community Advisory Council  

Ron Allen
Office of Senator Vincent Hughes

Barry Becker
Please Touch Museum

Yolanda Braxton
Office of Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown

Mike Burch
Editor of Parkside Weekly

Calla Cousar
East Parkside Residents Association

Ruby Davis
First African Presbyterian Church

Evon Delee
New Church Down the Way Ministries

Julia Diggs
West Philadelphia Senior Center

Loretta Dixon
39th and Poplar Street Organization

Pam Evans
Mayor’s Office of Education

Juanisha Everett

Darryl Felder
Black Bottom New Generation

Lorraine Gomez
Viola Street Resident’s Association

Cass Green
The Church Down the Way/Mill Creek Community Partnership

Monica Harmon
SE PA Area Black Nurses Association

Tina Harris
Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church

Evelyn Hudson
Parkside Association of Philadelphia

Luncinda Hudson
Parkside Association of Philadelphia

John Jordan
Discovery Charter School

Charlene Mills
Parkside Association

Pastor Joe E. Nock
Second Antioch Baptist Church

Kelly Thomas
People’s Emergency Center

Trish Wellenbach
Please Touch Museum

Larry White
Office of Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown

Delcina Wilson

Alice Wright
United Black Captains Association

Strategic Plan

Elevating Play. Learning Together.

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Community Impact Report

America to Zanzibar

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Our Mascot Needs a Name!

Vote now to name our mascot, debuting at Please Touch Museum’s Birthday Bash on October 7, 2018!

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