General Contractor – Construction Manager

Please Touch Museum
Philadelphia, PA

Please Touch Museum, the nation’s first museum for children ages seven and under, moved into Philadelphia’s grand Memorial Hall in fall 2008. Located in Fairmount Park not far from the Philadelphia Zoo, Memorial Hall is a National Historic Landmark and the last major building remaining from the 1876 Centennial Exhibition. The passage of time and ill use caused the building to fall in to disrepair. For the Please Touch Museum, Daniel J. Keating Company has restored the Hall to its original grandeur, more than tripling the space for the museum, and providing a high-tech facility within an inspirational building. Exterior granite repairs, plaster restoration, grounds excavation, and respectful insertions to make the building accessible, sustainable and technological were performed. The new museum offers 38,000 square feet of exhibits, a life-sized replica of the Statue of Liberty’s Arm and Torch, a newly restored 1924 Dentzel Carousel, on-site parking with stroller and handicapped ramps, and a casual restaurant adjacent to the majestic Great Hall. Once derelict, Memorial Hall now has a dynamic future bringing knowledge, fun and a world of excitement to young patrons.