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February 2 thru September 2, 2019

America to Zanzibar in the News

A groundbreaking exhibit celebrating diversity & acceptance.

For decades, Please Touch Museum has been a place for families to explore and learn together. Our newest exhibit, America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far, takes a bold step in addressing social issues while exploring culturally diverse populations here in Philadelphia and beyond.

Please Touch Museum will serve as host to America to Zanzibar which was developed by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Using this vibrant exhibition as our foundation, Please Touch Museum bring the experience to life through partnerships with our region’s diverse and energized Muslim community where you can:

  • Buy, sell and trade spices and design clothing in a global marketplace.
  • Experience everyday life through objects of Muslim American families.
  • Discover ancient world-class artifacts on loan from the Free Library of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Experience lively performance and art demonstrations by local and national Muslim artists, musicians and storytellers

There’s so much to experience and explore within this rich world culture that makes up almost a third of our Philadelphia population – and only for a limited time in our acclaimed children’s museum.

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A Closer Look at A to Z

What to Expect

Why is This Important?

Muslim Culture in Philadelphia

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Major support for America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far  at Please Touch Museum has been provided by

with additional support from:

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia
Connelly Foundation
Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation

America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far was developed but the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

Major funding for the exhibits development has been provided by: National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services – a federal agency, National Endowment for the Arts, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, MetLife Foundation, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Children’s Museum of Manhattan Board of Directors and scores of individuals. Additional support has been provided by the El-Hibri Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Goldman Sachs, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, and the Violet Jabara Charitable Trust.

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