Members and visitors have never been far from our minds and hearts during the Museum’s closure. We miss hearing the laughter and seeing the wonder of children as they engage with the exhibits in the Museum. The team of employees who are hard at work to Create a Future of Play for children were touched when a current member family reached out to share what the Museum means to them.
“Please Touch Museum Day”
Katie, a nurse working overnights, used to visit Please Touch Museum as a child when it was located on 21st Street. Now, Katie brings her own children to PTM – her mother-in-law gives the family an annual membership – and on many occasions, Katie’s husband Andrew brings the couple’s four-year-old twins James and Audrey to the Museum during the day so Katie can rest after her shift.
During the Museum’s closure, Andrew talked with the twins about their favorite experiences at the Museum and recreated our exhibits in their home using found materials! He stayed up all night long to install the “exhibits” and surprised the kids with “Please Touch Museum Day.”
Katie and Andrew shared a video of their Please Touch Museum Day and homemade exhibits with PTM’s staff and it brought us to tears.
Watch the video and you will see why!
Exhibit Galleries at Home
They didn’t miss an exhibit! From the Market (which will get a makeover in 2021), Cents and Sensibility, Roadside Attractions, the Rocket Room, to a tea party with the Mad Hatter in Wonderland and more, this family knows their way around Please Touch Museum.
Here are a few of the “at-home exhibits” that James and Audrey explored during Please Touch Museum Day.
We are grateful to Katie and Andrew for sharing their creativity, ingenuity, and most importantly, their family with us! It’s stories like these that keep us going until we can all play together again!