Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Flood at Please Touch Museum

The Please Touch Museum’s first-floor drainage system was overwhelmed by rain Sunday, flooding parts of the children’s museum in Fairmount Park.

Flood at Please Touch Museum

The Please Touch Museum’s first-floor drainage system was overwhelmed by rain Sunday, flooding parts of the children’s museum in Fairmount Park.

The museum shut down just before noon Sunday after water starting seeping into the first floor of Memorial Hall, inundating offices, storage areas and areas behind the birthday party rental rooms.

Four birthday parties were canceled or postponed.

Overall damage was minimal, said museum spokesman Frank Luzi. "It was a storm overflow problem. We're not sure what caused it. We are investigating that right now with the help of the Water Department," said Luzi.

Seepage through the glass dome at the top of Memorial Hall did not cause damage. The dome leaks, but an overflow system designed for it appears to have worked.

The museum re-opened Monday at 9 a.m.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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