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National Museum of Play at The Strong

One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607
585-263-2700
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Ranked #1 of 61 Attractions in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Children's Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Come over to play at the only museum in the world devoted solely to the importance of play. The museum blends the best features of both history... more » Owner description: Come over to play at the only museum in the world devoted solely to the importance of play. The museum blends the best features of both history museums (extensive collections and children’s museums (high interactivity). At 282,000 square feet, the National Museum of Play at The Strong is the largest regional year-round family attraction, and the second largest “children’s” museum in the nation. The museum takes play very seriously. Its philosophy—that play is essential to learning and human development—is reflected everywhere you look beginning with its uniquely whimsical architecture (including a butterfly house built to look like the world’s largest butterfly, an undulating two-story caterpillar-shaped atrium, and a structure resembling a pile of gigantic children’s building blocks). Engaging hands-on exhibits invite you to attend Super Powers School, meet the Berenstain Bears, play your way through the history of video games, enter a giant kaleidoscope, board a whaling ship, see the world’s oldest Monopoly games, step into Sesame Street, walk into the pages of a giant pop-up book, and so much more! The museum is home to the region’s only indoor butterfly garden; the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of dolls, toys, and games; and the prestigious National Toy Hall of Fame®. Amenities include a food court, indoor train and carousel, two museum shops, and an outdoor Discovery Garden.Admission Fees: General Admission (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®):2 and older $13.50, Children under age 2 are free, Museum members free.Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers; children under 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only. Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations. « less
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Rochester, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

My two kids love coming here. Their favorite activity is the Wegman's shopping. They could spend hours in there. I do warn that it can be insanely busy and kids will run you over with carts. I do think it is a bit expensive, I go when the museum offers free entry to local employees of specific companies. My only... More

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Davis Junction, IL
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Any community would be envious to have this hands on play place for children. The museum is designed to not only amuse, but to promote thinking, cooperative activities, demonstrate cause and effect, and engage parents and children to learn and play together. Our highlight was the butterfly enclosure. Organized in 20 minute time slots, small groups are allowed to experience... More

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St.catharines Ontario, canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Facts are it is expensive! Expect to pay $$$$$..... I never understood why places like this are so expensive for the adults?? When there isnt really much to play for adults. .. Besides the video games area (for the big kids)****** . I was most disappointed that you pay soo much*** and then you pay extra!!! Extra for the train... More

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Oakville, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We did not know what to expect from the Strong Museum. As we arrived in downtown Rochester on a Saturday afternoon we were still a little skeptical. The city was dead...but as we got closer to the site where our gps was leading us, we noticed this wonderful looking structure. It was the Strong. (Note: parking is free at the... More

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Niagara Falls, Ontario
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We don't have kids but seeing all of the toys we grew up with certainly brought back some memories! We spent hours here that could have been longer but the museum closed at 5.

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Syracuse, NY
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108 reviews 108 reviews
59 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This was a fun place to see with various offerings. Even adults get to be kids for a while. You can be a part of Sesame Street, act like a newscaster (take lots of pics!), dress up as a king/queen, explore play houses, go "shopping" in a make-believe store,

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Brentwood, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Went with 2 young adults. Everything is hands-on. Current display: Lego Castle Building area, enjoyed building my own castle, complete with 'lists' & swordsmen. Each area encourages reading & has related books displayed. Gaming area upstairs that my son enjoyed. Butterfly room was very cool! Great place to visit for kids of any age. Ticket discount after 3 pm, but... More

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8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We were traveling in the area and had some planned down time. After consulting TripAdvisor, we decided to make a stop here for a few hours. My husband and I had a fun time seeing our favorite childhood board games that we had long forgotten and our 14 year old daughter visited every station, usually only for a few minutes.... More

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Bozeman, Montana
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

My kids called it the Sesame Street Museum when we used to live here. It still lives up to the rave reviews. While this is definitely for the pre-school set, kids of all ages will enjoy a visit.

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Long Island, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Amazing experience, took us two days to go through the whole place and even then there were things we didnt get to. Tons of different activities for different ages. It was not cheap by any imagination but it felt worth it to us. There are additional activities that cost some extra money like the carousel and butterfly garden but not... More

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