Museum: Please Touch Museum
Founded: October 2, 1976
Mission: To enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play.
Known For: Life-size replica of the Statue of Liberty’s torch made of toys, a sawed-off Septa bus, the historic Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel
Popular Programs: Monster Mash, Storybook Ball, Countdown to Noon
Notable Staff: Stacey Swigart, who is in charge of one of the largest toy collections you’ll ever see
Memorable Moment: In 2008, Please Touch Museum moved from its longtime home in Center City to Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park
Future Plans: PTM continues celebrating it’s 5th birthday at Memorial Hall with a grown-ups only party on Wednesday, May 14
Philly EMP Pro Tip: Visit on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday at 2PM for the Grown Up Centennial Tour led by an expert on the history of Memorial Hall and the 1876 Centennial!