A hardhat tour offers a sneak preview of the Please Touch Museum

Preparation continues for the soon-to-be-opened Please Touch Museum in its new space in Fairmount Park’s Memorial Hall.

WHYY Arts and Culture reporter Alex Schmidt visited the new site with construction going full speed and got a sneak preview of this amazing space.

The centerpiece of the new building is a giant replica of the Statue of Liberty’s torch constructed entirely out of the “tools of play,” also know as toys.  Schmidt witnessed the raising of the torch as it was placed on the end of the giant arm that occupies the museum’s large open hall.

It’s an homage to the actual Statue of Liberty arm and torch that occupied Memorial Hall in 1886 as a fund raising effort to finance the construction of the rest of the statue.

The new space will open to the public on October 18, 2008.

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