PLEASE TOUCH MUSEUM ADDS WEEKEND CENTENNIAL TOURS OF MEMORIAL HALL
Please Touch Museum, the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia, is now offering weekend guided tours of Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. Visitors interested in learning more about the history of the National Historic Landmark and its role in the 1876 Centennial Exposition may take guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $15. Weekday tours remain available on Thursdays at 2 p.m.
The tours are a stroll down memory lane and a walk through the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, the World’s Fair for which Memorial Hall was built. Prior to adding the weekend days, the museum trained a batch of new tour guides, who recently completed a three-month course on the history of the museum. The knowledgeable guides provide visitors with a fun, in-depth walk through the restored landmark building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and has served multiple purposes as a museum, a recreation center, a special event space and even a recording studio in its 134 years.
“Centennial Tours for our grown-up visitors have continued to become more popular since we launched the program last year, and we are responding to the many requests for more dates to be added,” said Laura Foster, President & CEO of Please Touch Museum. “We are very excited to introduce our new tour guides, each of whom brings an enthusiasm for history combined with a playful approach that is pure Please Touch Museum.”