Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Please Touch Museum is a historic wedding venue that’s both fun and elegant. The classic government building features antique architecture and dramatic spaces, providing a breathtaking backdrop for majestic wedding themes. While Please Touch Museum is a children’s museum by day, it can transform into a luxurious Philadelphia venue for your celebration.
Facilities and Capacity
Please Touch Museum lies within Memorial Hall, one of the city’s oldest landmark locations, in Fairmont Park. There are seven spaces that can host up to 3,000 guests, making it ideal for grand celebrations. Hamilton Hall boasts marble floors, 60-foot ceilings, a stunning dome and Beaux Art architecture. The area has a 40-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty Arm and Torch, created out of toys by local artist Leo Sewell. The South Foyer shares the same beautiful architecture, providing a spectacular entrance for pre-wedding activities and indoor ceremonies. For receptions, the West Gallery has a dynamic urban setup complete with a SEPTA bus. The East Gallery is more whimsical, offering exhibitions like Rainforest Rhythms and Alice’s Wonderland. The Carousel House has a working 1907 Dentzel Carousel with gorgeous hand-carved animals. In The Centennial Gallery, guests can enjoy a model of Fairmont Park. Two meeting rooms are also available.
From elaborate weddings to intimate affairs, Please Touch Museum has a range of offerings. Services to choose from include:
Please Touch Museum is exclusively catered by Brûlée Catering, led by Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix. From fine dining to casual meals, the team will work with you to create the perfect menu and dining experience. Serving styles include buffet, family style, French service, hors d’oeuvres, plated and stations. Catering and bartending services also include:
Your wedding party can get ready in the on-site bridal suite. Guests may also use on-site parking, valet parking and wheelchair access.
The historic venue will gladly host your bridal shower, engagement party, rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception. They offer the following wedding-related items:
Memorial Hall, home to Please Touch Museum, is a national treasure from the city’s 1876 Centennial Exhibition. The museum was founded in 1976 by Portia Sperr, a Montessori educator.
Philadelphia International Airport is just 21 minutes from the venue. It is located near Schuylkill River, Philadelphia Zoo and University of Pennsylvania.
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Sarah · Married on 09/23/2017
Marley and her team were wonderful throughout the entire process. We booked the venue a little over a year before our wedding date. They were very accommodating with some customization of the package that we wished to purchase. As the wedding grew closer, we reached out to Marley more in regards to the tasting, floor layout, menu, signature cocktail, etc. and she and her team were very prompt with responses and also with trying to make the day go as perfectly as possible. The week prior, I probably emailed her a couple times a day to make sure that everything was set, and that drop off of other things (such as table numbers, birdcages, guestbook, bathroom baskets, etc) could be coordinated. Again, everyone was on top of all of the planning and set up and the room looked beautiful on our wedding day! The staff was attentive and we had a day of attendant that would bring us snacks/foods/drinks throughout the night. The staff also let us know when it was time for parent dances, speeches, cake cutting etc. Each and every person made our day go extremely smoothly and we had the perfect time! Would highly recommend not only the venue itself for the beauty and fun atmosphere that it created for us and our guests, but also for the high level of professionalism and individual attention that everyone gave us throughout the entire planning process.
Brittany · Married on 11/10/2018
Highly Recommend for wedding!
I'm not going to lie at the beginning of our process, communication with Brulee Catering at the Please Touch Museum had me a little worried. I often had to do follow-up e-mails due to the lack of responsiveness. I also became a little upset because we expressed interest in a particular date that was on a "soft hold" and we were never informed that the other clients backed out of their "hold", and that the date actually became available again. Nonetheless, we kept our second choice date (luckily we did because the weather was way worse for our first desired date), and we are sooo happy we decided to stay with Brulee Catering and the Please Touch Museum. Once we finalized everything, we were assigned Tiffany Johnson, and she was nothing but amazing!!
Tiffany helped us whenever needed; and communication with her was a breeze. She quickly responded to all of my annoying e-mails, and did it in a very professional manner.
She was even very patient and kind when we asked about doing a Pittsburgh Cookie Table - which required a lot of extra planning on her part!! I couldn't imagine what our wedding would have been like if we didn't have Tiffany on our side!!
The Please Touch Museum provided an amazing backdrop for our wedding! Many of our guests were from out of town, and they all fell in love with fun cocktail hour with carousel rides and the amazing architecture displayed in the Hamilton Hall! The food was also amazing!! Unlike other weddings we have attended at other venues, our guests will remember the yummy food!! My husband and I often joke and wonder why other couples would want to get married anywhere else, when this amazing venue is available in Philadelphia!!
I highly recommend the Please Touch Museum and Brulee Catering for your wedding! They were a great company to work with, and helped us with all of our wants and needs!! Not to mention the a gorgeous, fun, and unique venue for a wedding!!
Rebecca · Married on 10/06/2018
Merry-go-round Cocktail Hour!
We had our cocktail hour in the Carousel House at the museum, and our reception in the main hall. Guests LOVED the carousel (it didn't matter young/old, male/female, family/friends, shy/extroverted, EVERYONE was on that thing!) and it made for great photos! The hall was perfect for our large (250 guest) wedding, and the dance floor was spacious enough for everyone to dance, and for special events like our Chinese lion dance performance. Working with Brulee Catering and the museum made all of the dining logistics very easy. Would definitely recommend!
Please Touch Museum Price Rates
For a short time only. Brulee Catering is offering on the house extras for new wedding bookings made now through February 28, 2019!
Join us for a wedding open house on Wednesday, MArch 20, 2019! Meet our expert sales team, enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and experience what makes Memorial Hall so magical!