Making A Case For Please Touch Museum


“Illustration by Gluekit. (Museum sign and horse: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia; building: Matt Rourke/Associated Press; bond: iStockphoto/Thinkstock)” | Philadelphia magazine

With $60 million in debt, the Please Touch Museum isn’t horsing around. It could use some relief. | Illustration by Illustration by Gluekit Philadelphia magazine

  • Although successful as of late in attracting plenty of curious children, the Please Touch Museum nevertheless continues to financially right itself after its overly optimistic move to Fairmount Park’s Memorial Hall in 2008. For Jared Shelly, writing for Philadelphia magazine, “letting Please Touch wither A in a  of bad bond debt and the worst economy since the Great Depression just seems wrong.” Philanthropists should step up, he says, to allow for a sustainable business model that will save the museum—and the planned adjacent Centennial Commons, a family-friendly park that already has $6 million in funding from the William Penn and Knight foundations.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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