Permanent Exhibits

Exhibit Guides

Two floors of interactive exhibits in an open-ended design encourage children to be the leader as you follow their curiosity though our exhibits.


City Capers

Future architects, city planners and shopkeepers will love our exhibit of Philadelphia’s cityscape: a construction zone, ShopRite Supermarket and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia medical center. Displays include the set and props from the beloved Philadelphia children’s TV show, Captain Noah and his Magical Ark, which aired from 1967 through 1994.

Children learn: Financial literacy, classification skills, decision making, health literacy, gross motor skills, communication.

Support for City Capers provided by:

Betsey and Jack Ryan  –  Christa and Calvin Schmidt  –  McNeil Consumer Products


Roadside Attractions

Beep, beep. Repair a car and fill its gas tank, jump into the driver’s seat of a SEPTA bus or become a highway toll collector. You can “ride” the vintage Philadelphia childhood icon—the monorail—which formerly traversed the 8th floor toy section of the Wanamaker Department Store. Then stretch your legs in our City Park, complete with a food vendor’s cart.

Children learn: Social skills, STEAM literacy, decision making, hand-eye coordination, persistence


River Adventures

Race sailboats, play with bubbles and discover animals in the high grass as part of this exhibit about science, nature and weather. In the Adventure Camp Treehouse you can experience multiple STEM opportunities including investigating insect specimens, discover multiple world time zones and air and movement principles. Toddlers can explore their own nature pond.

Children learn: Problem solving, environmental literacy, STEM literacy



It’s always tea time here. Descend down the rabbit hole and weave through a hallway of doors and mirrors. Riddles and optical illusions make Wonderland a place where, to quote the cat, “We’re all mad.” Our youngest visitors can experience Fairytale Garden with fairy tales, rhymes and stories!

Children learn: Literacy skills, spacial awareness, visual literacy, inquisitiveness, decision making


Liberty Arm and Torch

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s the Statue of Liberty’s arm and torch, made out of toys and other “found objects.” Baseball bats. Skis. Even a Rocky Balboa bobblehead doll. Here’s the backstory: the real statue’s arm and torch was displayed at the corner of Belmont Avenue and Avenue of the Republic during the 1876 Centennial Exhibition to raise money to fund the statue’s pedestal in New York Harbor.

Children learn: Visual literacy, creative thinking, spacial awareness


Please Touch Garden

Healthy eating, recycling and sustainability are on the menu, taught in part by playing with worms, making seed balls and donning costumes for dramatic play. All summer, children learn about growing and harvesting food.

Children learn: Classification skills, environmental literacy, health literacy


Centennial Exploration

What do the telephone, typewriter, root beer and bananas have in common? All were introduced to American families at Philadelphia’s Centennial Exhibition in 1876. This exhibit includes a 20-by-30-foot model of the exhibition grounds and its 200 structures, one of which was our very own Memorial Hall. Children can assemble, schedule and operate their own trains.

Children learn: Historical literacy, spacial awareness, innovation


Carousel: Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel

Our carousel was built circa 1903-1908 by the Dentzel Carousel Company and includes 52 hand-carved wooden animals (40 horses, four cats, two pigs, two goats and four rabbits) and 1,296 lights. After nearly 50 years as a mainstay of Philadelphia’s Woodside Park, the carousel eventually became property of the Smithsonian Institution, which planned to use it on the National Mall. That plan and a subsequent proposal to display the carousel outside the State Museum in Harrisburg never came to fruition.

Children learn: Historical literacy, STEAM literacy


Space Station

The Space Station is all about flight, height and movement. Through creative, imaginative and physical play kids can experience different ways to move. Pretend you are a space shuttle pilot or launch your own rocket! The exhibit offers a variety of science, technology, engineering and math4opportunities in the physical exhibit components as well as from the objects on display.

Children learn: Dramatic play, STEM, collaboration, exploration


Program Room: Elaine Wideman Vaughn Program Room

The Program Room encompasses a variety of process-oriented and open-ended activities designed to foster creativity, stimulate problem solving and critical thinking skills, nourish adult/child relationships, cultivate reading and pre-reading skills, support school readiness initiatives, promote family/group learning, encourage a love of the visual and performing arts, and also include elements of math and science learning in an intimate and innovative setting.

Children learn: Creative thinking and expression, STEAM


Toddler Zones

PTM has several zones dedicated to our youngest visitors—age three and under. These spaces are excellent learning experiences for toddlers just beginning to explore.

Nature’s Pond
Front Step

Children learn: Pre-reading skills, communication, gross motor, body control, sensory exploration


Imagination Playground

Build an imaginary world out of giant foam blocks that encourage unstructured play,
which is critical to a child’s intellectual, social, physical and emotional development.

Children learn: Innovation, creativity, problem solving, spacial awareness

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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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