Thursday, September 30, 2010

Where should I go first?

One question PTM staff gets a lot from new visitors at the admissions desk is “Where should I go first?” Their answer is almost always, “Follow the kids!” They tend to know exactly where the fun should start.

However, it never hurts to be prepared! The museum is very big, and there’s a lot going on, so it can be useful for families to talk about what to expect and see what the exhibits look like before walking through the doors.

To give parents and kids a hand with this, there are a couple of nifty tools to help each and every visitor plan ahead of time, and maybe even practice for the big visit. Museum Stories are available in PDF format on Please Touch Museum’s website, and you can also borrow one at the front desk. You can study the museum map ahead of time, or pick one up on your way in to help guide your way. Also, make sure to check out the online calendar to see what kind of special events are happening the day you visit.

The “Museum Stories” include one page for each exhibit, so visitors can print them out and mix and match to build their own special pathway around the building. Love buses? Make a beeline to Roadside Attractions! Oobleck and Floam are more your thing? Get thee to the Program Room! The stories talk about the sights and sounds of each exhibit, and show lots of pictures of what to expect.

Got any more questions about your visit? You can always check out our “visiting tips” page or give us a call. We love hearing from you!

Have a wonderful visit!

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