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Hours

Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving: Closed

Christmas Eve: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Christmas: Closed

New Years Eve: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Starting October 1, 2018, PTM will open to visitors at 10:00 on Wednesdays, to allow time for Museum maintenance so we can continue to provide the highest quality of exhibit and museum experiences for our visitors.

Admissions

Members and children under age 1: Free

Adults and children 1 and older: $19

Carousel Rides: $3

Unlimited Carousel Rides: $5

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Field Trips

We offer tours and resources for educators looking to customize a trip to the Museum.

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Location

Memorial Hall

4231 Avenue of the Republic Philadelphia, PA 19131

Driving here

We are just minutes away from Exit 341 (Montgomery Drive) off I-76 (Schuykill Expressway)

  • Turn west onto Montgomery Drive
  • Turn left onto Belmont Avenue
  • Turn left onto Avenue of the Republic
Parking

$12 per car (Free for members)
Free on-street parking

Taking public transportation

Bus

Bus Route 38 stops at Memorial Hall

Bus Routes 40, 43, and 64 stop within walking distance

Regional Rail

Take any Regional Rail train to Suburban Station, and then take the Route 38 bus from 15th Street and JFK Boulevard

PHLASH Shuttle

Memorial Hall is Stop 13

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Main Floor

Exhibit Details

Rocket Room

Learn about our solar system and the properties of flight through an exhibit that puts you in mission command. Practice STEAM literacy, fine motor skills and sequencing.

  • Launch a rocket and see how much force is needed to send it sailing through the spinning rings.
  • Take charge at the Mission Control console.
  • Glance up at our planetary neighbors hanging from the ceiling.
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Roadside Attractions

Step into our Philadelphia neighborhood and get creative while learning about many of the things we encounter every day. Practice gross and fine motor skills, STEAM literacy, collaboration, decision-making and communication.

  • Navigate your way through the city in the driver’s seat of the SEPTA bus.
  • Assemble your own cars at the Please Touch Garage.
  • Invent your own unique flavors at the Bassetts Ice Cream Stand.
  • Search through the gallery by controlling the Helicopter Camera high above the city.
  • Concoct a tasty creation at the City Park food stand.
Next: The Kids Shop
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The Kids Shop

Continue to play at home by stopping in to The Kids Shop, offering toys, games and more designed to help children learn. All proceeds support Please Touch Museum.

Next: Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel
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Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel

Take a spin on our glimmering carousel built over 100 years ago and make new friends with the horses, cats, rabbits, pigs and goats that call this piece of history home.

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Please Touch Garden

When the weather is warm, step outside the Café and into the Please Touch Museum’s urban garden. Have a seat on the patio in this urban oasis or take a stroll through the cornstalks, pepper plants and tomatoes that will soon make their way into the kitchen upstairs. Practice environmental science, health and wellness knowledge, classification and fine motor skills.

  • Smell the herbs and try to guess which is which.
  • Observe how much the tomato plants have grown since your last visit.
  • Run through the Canopy where the colored ceiling casts interesting patterns on the ground.
  • Outsmart your friend in a good-natured game of tic-tac-toe.
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Please Touch Museum Café

Stop in for a bite and choose from a variety of healthy menu items and everyday favorites for every hungry belly, including snacks for special food allergies and dietary restrictions.

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River Adventures

Discover the properties of water as you play in our pint-sized Schuylkill River. Practice STEAM literacy, environmental science, fine motor skills and creative thinking.

  • Float a boat down the river and learn about buoyancy.
  • Pump water through pipes, tubes and passageways and see the effects it has.
  • Switch the locks and dams to adjust flow.
  • Explore the sights and sounds of the marsh in Nature’s Pond Toddler Area.
Next: Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails!
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Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails!

Get on the train for an express trip to the Island of Sodor!
Help Thomas the Tank Engine be a “really useful engine,” as you explore the sights and sounds of the island, including Knapford Station and Sodor Steamworks. Learn valuable STEM skills throughout the exhibit by building an intricate wooden train set, assembling a large train and navigating through Thomas’ imaginary world.

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Happy Camper

Get away from the city and get in touch with nature on a camping adventure. Practice communication, collaboration and environmental sciences.

  • Roast a marshmallow around the campfire as you take turns telling stories.
  • Find out who is awake in the forest at night.
  • Gaze up at the twinkling stars in the night sky.
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Adventure Camp

Get in touch with science in our indoor tree house. Practice STEAM literacy and fine motor skills.

  • Move the magnetic gears around the Gear Wall to ring the bell and turn on the light.
  • Analyze insect specimens.
  • Tap out a message in Morse code.
  • Peer through the periscope.
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Imagination Playground

Step into the world of giant blue foam blocks where the possibilities for play are endless. Practice STEAM literacy, collaboration, fine and gross motor skills, creativity and problem solving.

  • Construct something new and unique every time you visit.
  • Build a structure with Magnatiles on the light table that glows as it grows.
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Wordsworth's Cottage'

This calm space is great for relaxing and taking a moment to ease up on the activity while still learning. Practice communication, literacy and collaboration.

  • Read a book while sitting beside the fireplace.
  • Host a tea party around the rustic kitchen table.
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Hamilton Hall

What can you find under the magnificent glass dome at the center of Memorial Hall? It’s the Statue of Liberty’s torch! Of course, unlike the real torch, which was displayed nearby during the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, this torch was made completely out of toys by “junk sculptor” Leo Sewell.

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Rocket Room
Roadside Attractions
Roadside Attractions
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The Kids Shop
Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel
Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel
Please Touch Garden
Please Touch Garden
Please Touch Museum Café
Please Touch Museum Café
River Adventures
River Adventures
Happy Camper
Happy Camper
Adventure Camp
Adventure Camp
Imagination Playground
Imagination Playground
Wordsworth's Cottage'
Wordsworth's Cottage'
Hamilton Hall
Hamilton Hall
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Exhibit Details

Healthy Me: Market + Bimbo Bakeries USA Bistro

This kid-size city puts kids in charge and lets them learn through role-playing and decision-making. Practice fine motor skills, health and wellness knowledge, collaboration and communication.

  • Select your ingredients for dinner and find them in the supermarket.
  • Assemble and serve a tasty sandwich in the Bistro.
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Healthy Me: Children's Hospital

This kid-size city puts kids in charge and lets them learn through role-playing and decision-making. Practice fine motor skills, health and wellness knowledge, collaboration and communication.

  • Scan a doll on the x-ray or MRI machines in the hospital.
Next: Healthy Me: Front Step Toddler Area
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Healthy Me: Front Step Toddler Area

This kid-size city puts kids in charge and lets them learn through role-playing and decision-making. Practice fine motor skills, health and wellness knowledge, collaboration and communication.

  • Tend your urban garden.
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Wonderland

Take a trip down the rabbit hole into a world where nothing is as it seems. Practice communication, critical thinking and gross and fine motor skills.

  • Navigate the hedge maze on your way to the Mad Hatter’s endless tea party.
  • Paint the roses red and watch as they change color before your eyes.
  • Find the shrinking hallway as you wind through the Hall of Mirrors.
  • Play a game of croquet with flamingos and hedgehogs.
  • Travel into the pages of classic children’s stories in Fairytale Garden Toddler Area.
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Centennial Exploration

Memorial Hall wasn’t always the home of Please Touch Museum. This architectural masterpiece was built for the 1876 United States Centennial and World’s Fair. Explore the unique history of Memorial Hall and West Philadelphia and see how this event has affected your own life. Practice STEAM literacy, historic awareness, fine motor skills, classification and collaboration.

  • Locate Memorial Hall in the massive historic recreation of the 1876 World’s Fair.
  • Set up a wooden train set that can span half of the gallery.
  • Ring the bell in the locomotive of a train.
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Program Room

Our programs provide a welcoming, friendly introduction to the Museum and begin to instill in young visitors a love of discovery and learning, encouraging future cultural experiences. All programs are informed by current research and best practices in the fields of informal learning, museum education and early childhood education.

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The Playhouse

The Playhouse at Please Touch Museum invites children to exercise their imaginations and enter new worlds. Inside the theater, visitors experience theater in engaging, interactive and unexpected ways. In addition to ongoing theater productions, we’re dedicated to bringing diverse performers from Philadelphia and around the world!

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Healthy Me: Market + Bimbo Bakeries USA Bistro
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Healthy Me: Children's Hospital
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Healthy Me: Front Step Toddler Area
Wonderland
Wonderland
Centennial Exploration
Centennial Exploration
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Program Room
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The Playhouse
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Please Touch Museum Café

Stop in for a bite and choose from healthy meals and everyday favorites for every hungry belly.

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The Kids Shop

Continue to play at home by stopping in to The Kids Shop, offering toys, games and more designed to help children learn. All proceeds support Please Touch Museum.

Online store coming soon

Photography and video

You may use still and video cameras in the Museum. At the same time, note that we routinely capture images, video and audio for promotional purposes. Your entrance into the Museum constitutes your consent to be photographed and appear in promotional materials. Visitors may alert the admissions desk if they would like to opt out of participation in promotional photos and videos.

 

Visitor notice

Visitor safety and security is of the utmost importance to us. Please be aware that security cameras are in use throughout the Museum.

Please Touch Museum is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged property. Please be mindful of your personal belongings when visiting the Museum.

For the safety of our visitors and staff, no weapons of any kind (concealed or open carry), firearms or hazardous materials are permitted in the Museum or its grounds. The Museum is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment. Anyone possessing any dangerous materials will be asked to remove them from our premises immediately.

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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