Please Touch Museum

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Please Touch Museum

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.

Services Offered
From elaborate weddings to intimate affairs, Please Touch Museum has a range of offerings. Services to choose from include:

  • All-inclusive packages
  • Setup
  • Cleanup
  • In-house bar
  • In-house catering
  • Lighting and sound
  • Outside vendors
  • Wireless internet


Cuisine
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:

  • Cocktail reception
  • Dessert
  • Outside cake
  • Cake
  • Servers
  • Tastings
  • Bartenders
  • Champagne toast
  • Signature drink
  • Liquor license


Other Facilities
Your wedding party can get ready in the on-site bridal suite. Guests may also use on-site parking, valet parking and wheelchair access.

Other Services
The historic venue will gladly host your bridal shower, engagement party, rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception. They offer the following wedding-related items:

  • Chairs and tables
  • Tents
  • Barware
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens


History
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.

Location
Philadelphia International Airport is just 21 minutes from the venue. It is located near Schuylkill River, Philadelphia Zoo and University of Pennsylvania.

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30 Reviews for Please Touch Museum

Recommended by 98% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 4.8
  • Average response time 4.9

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    Brittany · Married on 11/10/2018

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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
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    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!!

    Sent on 11/21/2018
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    Rebecca · Married on 10/06/2018

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    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!

    Sent on 11/14/2018

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Please Touch Museum FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 6,500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 2,500.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? $ 500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 500.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Flatware, Glassware, Linens, Parking, Set Up, Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering? Cake Cutting, Dessert, Server(s), Wedding Cake
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service? $ 16.95
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Open Bar
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 7
  • Describe your venue: Ballroom, Government Building, Historic Building, Museum, Park
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? All Inclusive Packages, Bar Services, Cake, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Pet Friendly, Set Up, Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer? Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available? Audio Equipment, Chairs, Dance Floor, Drapery, Furniture, Lighting, Tables, Tents
  • What food and beverage items are available? Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, Valet, Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season? April, May, June, September, October, November
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? January, February, March, July, August, December

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    215-867-6659 (Phone number)

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