Photo courtesy of Please Touch Museum
Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park is one of two buildings still standing from 1876 Centennial Exhibition. Ever since the Please Touch Museum restored and moved to the historic Memorial Hall, many of us grown-ups wanted to check out the building and what they’ve done with it. Now here’s our chance.
The Please Touch Museum is now hosting a Stuff for Grown-Ups Tour at the museum, which includes a self-guided tour of a restored Memorial Hall. Adults will be able to scope out the Centennial Exploration exhibit, which features a scale model, built in 1889, depicting the more than 200 buildings erected for the Centennial. There’s also the museum art collection, which includes two indoor murals created by Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program and a 40-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty’s Arm and Torch created out of toys, games and other Ã¢â‚¬Ëœfound objects,’ gathered and assembled by Philadelphia artist Leo Sewell.
While you’re there, check out the museum’s collection of artifacts of childhood memories, which include The Rocket Express, the kid-sized monorail from the John Wanamaker department store, and the set and costumes from the children’s TV show Captain Noah and his Magical Ark. They probably won’t mind if you break into the “send your pictures to dear old Captain Noah” song. And even if they do mind, I’ll probably do it if the mood strikes. If they rename it to the Please Don’t Sing Museum, blame me.
Go today, go right way. Relive your childhood at dear old Please Touch Museum.
Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131