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.