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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 58 attractions in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Bar Harbor, Maine
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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The Strong Museum is incredibly well designed with a large variety of permanent displays focusing on imagination, play, and childhood. My sense is the museum is perfect for the 2 - 10 yo set. Personally, I *love* the video game arcade on the second floor with classic arcade games and PC video games from my youth (Kings Quest!). The curator... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Lots of fun with kidlets if you have them. Fake Wegmans for the kids to play in, Sesame street vignettes.

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Rochester, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The displays are interesting but the description of the items on display is limited and sometimes pertinent information is missing. There could be a lot more. The museum is setup as an overpriced playground where the kids get little education since it is supposed to be a museum.

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Ontario
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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We went here on Good Friday, so it was busy. But it was still so enjoyable, my kids were in heaven! They are 3 & 5 yrs old, and it was a little pricey (we even had $2 off coupons and it was still $46) but worth every penny. We didn't do the butterfly experience but we did do the... More

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Batavia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

All kinds of themes from Sesame Street, grocery shopping, super hero's, toy hall of fame, hands on gaming, and many more exhibits for the whole family to enjoy. There is also for a small fee the butterfly room, carousel, and train. Well worth the money.

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rochester
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This museum has it all for families: library, permanent exhibits including toy hall of fame, mock up of local supermarket, traveling exhibits, carousel, hands-on activities. Great for families and especially for those long, cold days of winter. And don't forget the butterflies.

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Baldwinsville, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Took grandchildren and was impressed with the variety of activities for children. Ate lunch there and found this to be kid friendly and prices were reasonable.

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Rochester, New York
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This museum has something for everyone. The large downstairs area is a vast playground for kids, with a great many hands-on activities. These include places to explore, dress up areas, a mini TV studio, stage, Sesame Street exhibit, a fairy tale area with places to explore and things to do. The upstairs areas are more true to the museum name.... More

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a place where kids can be creative and have fun! You and your children will not be disappointed!

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a treasure. Kids can ride the train, visit with Seseme Street denizens, shop at a kid size Wegmans super market, check out a huge fish tank, interact with exhibits, play with a sprawling model train set (my 22 month old Grandson's favorite at the moment) and explore a butterfl;y arborarium where the butterflies sit on your shoulders. And... More

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