Please Touch® Playhouse Theater

Live theater provides excellent opportunities for aesthetic, cultural and behavioral child development. As a key component of the overall museum experience, Playhouse performances by in-house performers present unique opportunities for playful learning, imagination, innovation and audience interaction featuring music, movement, folklore and/or puppetry, all while introducing children to live arts. Please Touch Museum® is the museum of first experiences and is proud to be the only citywide children’s theater staged year-round. Each year we offer thousands of children in the tri-state area their first theater experience.

  • Playhouse performances are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Sundays at 1 p.m.and 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
  • Each show runs approximately 25 minutes.
  • All shows are FREE with Museum admission.

Theater Mission

To offer museum visitors a professional live theater experience that is interactive, entertaining, educational, and appropriate for all ages.

Theater Space

The home of Please Touch Museum®’s professional theater company, The Please Touch Playhouse, comfortably seats 150 people on its four carpeted seating tiers.  Two entrances lead visitors from the Wonderland exhibit into the theater space, with each opening to a handicap ramp giving easy access to floor-level seating for wheelchairs and electric scooters.

The stage itself has a sprung wood floor and measures 24 feet wide by 13 feet deep. It also boasts a computerized light board, professional sound system and surrounding act curtain. The Playhouse is also one of the only two excavated spaces at Memorial Hall (the other being Collections storage space), having been carved out of the original foundation work of the building. Many of the Playhouse’s exposed walls are the original structural stone from 1876, giving the room a unique and intimate feeling, perfect for family-friendly entertainment!

Funding for Please Touch Museum’s theater programming is made possible by PNC Financial Services Group.

For tips about exploring the performing arts with your child, visit our Parent Resources page.

Check out clips of Please Touch Playhouse shows at:


Support for Please Touch Playhouse Theater provided by:

Independence Foundation     Boeing