Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Little Piece of Good News: Please Touch Museum signs lease for Memorial Hall

This is cool:
It's been a long time coming, but yesterday the Please Touch Museum finally and formally took over venerable Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, a much-awaited new home.

The museum, now crammed into quarters on North 21st Street near Logan Circle, has been seeking more expansive digs for nearly a decade.

That search, which originally focused on Penn's Landing, ended with a one-dollar 80-year lease on a drafty National Historic Landmark and one of the last relics of Philadelphia's 1876 Centennial Exposition. The lease was paid in full yesterday: 100 pennies in a Please Touch Museum sippy cup.

With no more glitches, Please Touch could be up and running in the building by spring of 2007, officials said.

Think about all the attractions the City has within about 7 or 8 miles of each other: Kimmel Center, Art Musuem, Franklin Institute, the Rodin Museum, the Zoo, etc. Now add to that the Barnes, an expanded Please-Touch, and the proposed Calder Museum, and that is a lot of wonderful, marketable attractions. And of course, we have that whole birthplace of a nation thing going on as well...

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