Please Touch Museum enriches the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play. Founded in 1976, Please Touch was the first museum in the nation focused on families with children ages seven and younger. Today, the museum’s interactive exhibits, programs, and events serve 525,000 visitors annually. The museum is housed in Memorial Hall, a National Historic Landmark in Fairmount Park, which was originally constructed as the art gallery for the 1876 Centennial International Exhibition, the first World’s Fair in the US.
In response to young learners’ increased technology use during the pandemic, Please Touch Museum will translate its “learning through play” education model into digital experiences. The children’s museum will establish a new digital engagement director position, purchase media production equipment, and gather input from technology and business consultants, educators, and families. This work will help form an infrastructure to launch an online educational platform that will sustain relationships with audiences beyond the museum’s walls.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.