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March 01, 2016

Please Touch Museum close to reaching fundraising goal

40-year-old museum is just a few thousand dollars shy of emerging from bankruptcy

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Philadelphia's Please Touch Museum is close to achieving its fundraising goal that could help it emerge from bankruptcy, reports say.

The beloved children’s museum in West Philly has received $5.73 million in pledges, according to, putting it a few thousand dollars from raising the money needed to remain operational.

After filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy last fall in an attempt to settle a $60-million debt, the Please Touch Museum and its bondholders agreed on much lower payoff -- $8.75 million. Subtract the $2.5 million Please Touch immediately paid to bondholders, and that left the museum with a fundraising goal of $5.75 million.

Several large donations have helped move the iconic 40-year-old museum toward its goal. In September, the Please Touch Museum received anonymous donations of $1 million and $250,000.

In November, another anonymous donor contributed $3.25 million. Museum officials announced that donation while simultaneously naming Trish Wellenbach as the new CEO.

The city of Philadelphia also has helped, giving the Please Touch Museum a grant of $550,000 toward its general operating expenses. Philadelphia officials also reduced parking taxes the museum owes, trimming its bill from $638,477 to $538,022.

Read the entire report here.