Please Touch Museumvisit website> NEW SEASONAL HOURS (2012):
New Hours Of Operation
Please Touch Museum will now operate on a new seasonal hours schedule. The new schedule will run as follows:
October to March: Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
April to September: Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve: 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. New Year’s Day: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Museum will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Enjoy an Extra Hour of Play!
Please Touch Museum will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. onTuesday November 6, 2012 for Election Day and Monday, November 12, 2012 for Veterans Day.
I am lucky enough to be apart of the generation that gets to take advantage of the Please Touch Museum’s 2.0 upgrade. They moved out of the city and into Fairmount Park (down the street from the Philadelphia Zoo). New location and a ton more to do make this the a prime time Hipster Henry hangout.
My mom said Memorial Hall, the new home of the Please Touch Museum, is the last remaining building from 1876 World’s Fair. History lesson over and lets move on to the good stuff. Sure this building is what the grown ups call spectacular but I am all about the action. Are you a “water baby?” Hit the River Adventures off to the right. Float some boats and rubber duckies and learn about weather. Be sure to toss on the aprons they have their because you are sure to get a little wet.
There is a ton to do here but lets focus on the four busiest sections:
Roadside Attractions: Build a car, give a tune up and jump on a SEPTA bus.
Alice in Wonderland: Take a trip down the rabbit hole, hit up a tea party and conqure the Queen of Hearts garden maze.
Construction Zone: Channel your inner tough guy and move those cement bricks (I am surprisingly strong in this section) from the dump truck to the build the building. Don’t worry there will be plenty of help!
Supermarket: Just like the one your parents go to but our size. This is a go to for all the kids so be sure to check this one out early while the shelves are still stocked with all the good stuff. The pictures are blurry because the kids never stop moving.
The Please Touch Museum is apart of the “West Philadelphia Kid’s Trifecta” (Philadelphia Zoo, Please Touch Museum, Smith House). This place is great and for the locals one of the best family memberships they will invest in all year. The descriptions of each section are filled with fluff and a little deceiving but each section is packed with stuff to do and is great. A few years ago the Please Touch Museum moved out of the city and into Fairmount Park. You will need a car to get there. The Please Touch Museum Grounds are beautiful and safe. The surrounding neighborhood however is not and it is not a place to venture into.
This place is very, very popular and gets busy. The check in process is really slow so unless you go first thing be prepared to wait in line. Unfortunetly a lot of parents do not keep a close eye on their older children and they are often in areas they don’t belong and kinda bulldoze the little kids.
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
CLOSED: Thanksgiving and Christmas Days
Open New Year’s Day 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
From Center City
- 76 West to Montgomery Drive Exit (#341)
- Turn left at the light onto Montgomery Drive
- Continue on Montgomery to Belmont Avenue
- Make a left onto Belmont Avenue
- Follow Belmont Avenue to Avenue of the Republic
- Make a left onto Avenue of the Republic
- Follow for a short distance â€“ Memorial Hall is on the left
The food at Please Touch Museum is the same as most places: pizza, burgers and a large amount of junk food. If you have the time and the weather is great. Pack a blanket and eat outside. You will be glad you skipped the overcrowded lunch room which gets busy around 12:00 pm.
Let’s start saving money before we even get in the door. There is a lot which cost about $8.00 for non-members. The deal is there is tons of free parking right in front of the museum. Try there before pulling into the lot.
Admission: Buy Tickets
- under age of one: Free
- Children & Adults $15 / each
- Group Discounts for 15 or more people
- Do you have a reciprocal ACM Membership?
If you have an on your membership card from another children’s museum you will receive 4 free admissions to Please Touch Museum. For more information on the ACM reciprocal program visit.http://www.childrensmuseums.org/visit/reciprocal.htm#acmreciprocalprogramparticipants
* Free parking is not included as part of this program.