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“Unique Location for Kids to Explore” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum
4231 Ave of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131 (Fairmount Park)
+1 215-581-3181
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Ranked #14 of 555 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Hands-on museum where adults and children can learn and explore together. The museum is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $17 for adults and children age one and over. Children under one are free.
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Baltimore, MD
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“Unique Location for Kids to Explore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The Please Touch Museum is located in the Exhibition Hall for the 1876 World's Fair and the building itself is fascinating with its history and the information about the World's Fair to celebrate America's Centennial. For kids, they will have a great time exploring the water area, the rocket area where you can build and launch your own rockets and the Alice in Wonderland exploration area. The building is big, so it didn't feel cramped like other kid's museums that I've been too. My 4 year old son, enjoyed getting to build his own car and looking at the train display in the basement. There was a lot of chances for him to do free play, although at times, he seemed a bit overwhelmed by all of the activities that he could do. As an adult, I enjoyed that they did have some older toys, some of which I remember having myself (the Star Wars toys from the 70s and 80s). We were able to do anything in the museum in about 2 to 3 hours, so you can fit in another activity in the day if you are trying to get a lot done in Philly. It is definitely worth a visit if you have children and want them to have some free time to explore and burn out some energy.

Visited July 2014
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Burlington, Vermont
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I was so pleased with this children's museum, it is the best I have ever been too. Our local museum did an Alice in Wonderland exhibit that was SO dissapointing... the installation at Please Touch made me so happy, it was truly exceptional. The kids had a blast. I wish the carosel was free or had an "unlimited" option because we paid for one ride but my daughter could have ridden it over and over. Very good way to spend a day in Philadelphia.

Visited August 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“A Unique and Dtunning Place to Pla”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you have young children (ages 2 - 7+) you will have a totally wonderful experience at the Memorial Hall home of the Please Touch Museum. The building itself in Fairmount Park is the last standing building from the Centennial celebration of Philadelphia's technology in the late 1800s. The rooms are designed for free play along themes - musical rainforest, water tables, transportation vehicles, a real indoor carousel, a full scale Alice in Wonderland play area, and everyone's favorite, the shopping market with carts, shelves, goodies to buy and places to play at being the cashier (please put things away when done)

Visited October 2013
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NC
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“Wow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We visited the Please Touch Museum with our two sons, ages 15 months and 3 1/2 on a recent trip to the area. We were there for 4 hours and could have stayed for several days! So many wonderful hands on experiences for both boys to enjoy! It also seemed very clean and well-staffed. We ate lunch there and though the choices were typical, the pizza was pretty good for kids' place food. We will definitely go back!

Visited July 2014
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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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“Check this out ”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

First, definitely listen to the museums recommendation on when to go. A poor weather Saturday is NOT the time. With that being said, it was a little too young for my nine year old. Certain parts were intriguing to her bit overall, heated towards younger children. Also if you are a parent that gets frustrated with unruly children and parents that allow it, DONT GO. Most interactive equipment is not manned with personnel so it tends to be a free for all. Overall good place to visit.

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