Please Touch Museum Debuts New ‘Railway Play’ Exhibit

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Please Touch Museum held the ribbon cutting ceremony for its new exhibit on Tuesday. This new exhibit is being billed as ‘fun for kids and their parents.’

Titled “Railway Play,” the new exhibit transports children to the 1876 World Fair by way of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

“We have a full size train the children can pretend to drive. They can even be the person to shovel the coal to make the train go. We have a station where they can decide where the train is leaving from and they can change the destination. Then we have a lot of toy trains that the children can play with.”

Please Touch CEO Laura Foster says the goal of the exhibit is to introduce children to the importance of trains to Pennsylvania, as well as all the new things brought to Philadelphia by train during at the Centennial Exhibition.

photo 15 Please Touch Museum Debuts New Railway Play Exhibit

The Please Touch Museum held the ribbon cutting ceremony for its new exhibit, the 'Railway Play' on Tuesday (credit: Cherri Gregg)

“Things like bananas, root beer were introduced at the Centennial, the typewriter, the telephone.”

And it didn’t disappoint. Seven year-old Shirley seemed mesmerized by the model showing life and trains in 1889, “It’s very, very cool because it looks like there are so many buildings and it’s so big.”

Railway Play is now a permanent fixture at Please Touch.

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  • Bill Shralow

    Dear Ms. Gregg:

    I sent a media advisory to the newsroom today about a news conference tomorrow where Mayor Nutter will help announce a new scholarship program at Temple Law School designed to increase diversity in the legal profession. Seems like it would be right up your alley. It’s at City Hall at 2 p.m.

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