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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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Rochester, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I think that anyone that goes to this museum and says it wasnt all that great, must have went looking at it thru an adults eyes. I took my 7 yr old neice here and we had to leave after 6 hours cause we were exhausted! We took part in just about everything we saw. Even in the Sesame Street... More

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Utica, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I had a few hours to myself on a Saturday afternoon. On my two previous visits to Rochester, I toured the Eastman House and enjoyed it because of my interest in local history and culture, so I figured I would check out the toy museum this time. The entry fee of $13.50 for adults seems hefty. I don't know how... More

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Rochester, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

The play museum is a great day out and can be enjoyed by all ages! Would definitely recommend a trip when in rochester

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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Huge museum with lots for adults and kids of all ages. It would be nice to have presenters demonstrate games in the collection throughout the day.

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Toronto, Ontario
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

When my wife mentioned "kid's museum" I internally groaned as I thought I would be stuck staring at my iPhone while the kids ran around a boring kids museum. Not the case! The Strong has something for everyone and for all ages! From a kid's sized Wegmans, internal track and train ride, Sesame Street, comic books, superheroes, and the largest... More

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Fairmont, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Took my 5 and 11 year old here on a Saturday. This place was huge and had so many different exhibits. My five year old loved the mini Wegmans Store while my 11 year old enjoyed playing the vintage arcade games. I would suggest this for ages 3 to 8. It is well maintained. The food court was great for... More

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We have been here a few times when we are in the Rochester area and our daughter always has a great time. It's large and clean with lots of activities and you don't feel like there are other families right on top of you which has happened to us at other children's museums. The Sesame Street area is really fun... More

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Prattsburgh, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The National Museum of Play at Strong is wonderful for children. There are so many interactive exhibits for the children to learn from. Always friendly and always fun.

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Canandaigua, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We had a wonderful time like always! The staff was amazing and the featured game room was a lot of fun for us all! The highlight was the fish tanks for my kids.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

...as an adult I was going insane after 4 hours inside there...be aware! For hard core parents only!

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