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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 60 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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stoney creek, on
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

My family and I can't say enough how much we just LOVED this place! We drove from Canada with our son to enjoy a WONDERFUL day of old AND new toys, play and even butterflies! We would recommend this to anyone and it was definitely worth the drive!

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East Berkshire, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We have taken our grandchildren here twice already and are planning a third trip in a few weeks. It is an amazing place for the kids to explore, play, and learn. Grandparents have lots of fun too! It is very easy to fine and there is plenty of parking available. Hard to get the children to leave when it is... More

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

My kids have grown up going to this museum. It has afforded lots of family fun and it's a great place to go on a snowy or rainy day. It can be VERY busy, too busy at peak times and on vacation days. However, if you go mid day it's great. There is always something fun and new to look... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

★★★☆☆ From Florida so nothing compares to Disney, however my daughter loves this place. We have to visit everytime we are in town. I don't like how the gift shop closes when the museum closes, you should always stay open 30 minutes later for exiting customers. That is just a no brainer marketing strategy. The older lady cashier was giving... More

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Iowa
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171 reviews 171 reviews
54 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Loved this place. It is really expansive with many different areas that will appeal to a lot of kids tastes. We mostly had a hard time getting the kids to leave one area to see the next ones. Would love to go back.

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Rockaway Beach
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Kids of all ages will have fun here....even we adults were nostalgic for display with our very first video game consoles and playing the newer ones from now.....the wegmans supermarket is the kids fave!

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

We arrived at the museum with 3 of our grandchildren (9,6,5) and couldn't get them out of there. We spent more than 5 hours at the museum and only saw/played in half of what's there to enjoy. However, it is expensive especially since there are no prices for children or seniors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I was with 8 year old son and 6 year old daughter when we visited here. We arrived 20 minutes earlier than the opening in the morning and that was perfect for us because we could enjoy the outside garden. There were not too many people visiting and my kids played with toys without waiting. There are various toys available... More

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Camparada, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

What a nice place! We enjoyed a lot! It's a big museum where you can have fun! I liked a lot Elmo's side with his house, the recording studio and all Sesame street!!! There are a lot of entertainments for kids but also for adults! And we enjoyed a lot Wegmans Super Kids market!!! It's the real copy of the... More

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philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I have no idea how or why it took me so long to find this great museum. Now this place is my kind of fun. I think my husband and I had just as much or more fun than our 7 y/o. It is a play museum, history museum of toys and memories for children of all ages. The diner... More

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