Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

4231 Ave of the Republic, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131

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Located in Memorial Hall, the Please Touch Museum is designed to entertain the youngest members of your family. Kids from infant to seven years old are encouraged to explore the six exhibit zones that make up the museum's 157,000 square feet of space. This children's museum's attractions are designed to be explored with multiple senses. Your Philadelphia family vacation can include time spent exploring the Fairytale Garden or Storybook Cottage spaces that have been created to allow safe playtime for the smallest travelers.

Kids who love water can race sailboats in the River Adventures exhibit. Water adventures include blowing bubbles and exploring water currents. Smocks are provided to keep your child dry! River Adventures is one of the most popular museum interactive exhibits, so plan plenty of time to explore this area. The Wonderland portion of the museum is themed after the adventures of Alice in Wonderland. Kids and parents can wander through mazes, have a tea party or play in the hall of mirrors.

If you want your family trip plans to Philadelphia to include educational material, then the Centennial exhibit is a fun way to learn the centennial history of the city. The 1908 Woodside Park carousel is another historical exhibit in the Please Touch Museum. Admission for the carousel is separate, but adults who are riding with children do not need to purchase a ticket for the ride.

Please Touch Museum hours typically run from 9am to 5pm on Monday through Saturday, and from 11am to 5pm on Sundays. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Infants under age 1 are admitted free, but all others pay the same admission fee, regardless of age. There are a number of kid-friendly hotels near the Please Touch Museum and, if your family gets hungry during touring, the cafe offers a variety of options to eat.

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Address: 4231 Ave of the Republic, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131

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Phone: 215-581-3181
URL: http://www.pleasetouchmuseum.org/
Hours: Mon-Sat 9 am - 5 pm, Sun 11 am - 5 pm More Info
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  • Visited: September 2009
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One of the prettiest children's museums you'll find anywhere

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Parking costs five dollars for nonmembers. There seems to be plenty of it however, and it is immediately adjacent to the building. If you are visiting the city in the summer, you can take a two-dollar Phlash shuttle from Center City to the museum. The museum opens at 9. Although the website says to avoid the morning because that is when school groups come, we arrived soon after it opened and found that it was fairly empty until around 11:30.

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perfect for toddlers

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first weds of month they have a special. $2 per person from 4-7! its a steal! normally $16 per person.

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Unlike the cafeterias at other children's museums (The Strong Museum, for example), the Please Touch Cafe is actually a worthwhile lunch spot. Yes, there is the obligatory terrible pizza, but if you look beyond that, there are tasty and nutritious options in the sandwich cooler, like tuna salad, turkey and cheese, etc. on whole wheat. Whole fruit as well as non-syrupy fruit salad is available as well. However, there is not nearly enough seating, so be ready to stand there with your tray like a vulture waiting for the next available table to open up. There's additional seating in the carousel area, but that fills up quickly as well. Go a little early (11am or so) or a little later (1pm or so) for your best chance of finding a table. Or better yet, grab your table as soon as you see one open up and then send someone in your party to the cafe to bring back lunch for everyone.

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Submitted by: kate s.

So I  took a kid I was babysitting to the Please Touch Museum this past summer and had a great time! It's  HUGE! I can't speak from a parent's perspective, but I really thought it was a well designed museum with lots of fun areas for the kids. I would recommend it for younger kids (probably ...

Submitted by: Meredith P.

My 3 yo old son had a good time here, and I did too. But if we lived nearby, it's not the sort of place we'd go to more than once a year. I thought the tickets were a bit pricey (charging the same for adults and kids? really?), plus charging $8 for parking is sort of tacky (not like there's a lot around the museum). My main gripe is there were lots of school groups with older (6-8 yo) kids who were minimally supervised -- I spent a lot of time making sure my son "got his turn" and wasn't pushed away by bigger kids when he did get his turn. I don't like being that kind of parent, but given how awesome some of the exhibits were (floating balls, rocket launcher, giant piano you can step on), concepts like "shar...

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