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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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Rockwell, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We went to the Strong Museum on our vacation. We were there from 10am until after 4pm with our family. We had so much fun. There were areas for young kids, older kids, and grown-ups. It was a good combination of hands-on play with museum facts built in. The adults had plenty of fun playing on the vintage aracade games... More

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Thornhill, ON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon at the Museum of Play. The kids loved Sesame Street, the grocery store, the ship and rocks area, and all the video games and displays. The adults loved the old arcade games and the toy hall of fame. The great thing was all the hands on activities. It was well worth the four hour... More

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The most ideal blend of fun and education that I have ever seen. You and Your kids will have a blast.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The Strong Museum is a wonderful place for children from toddlers up through elementary and maybe even middle school depending on the exhibits. There is so much for the little ones to do and see. It will keep them hopping all day. Be ready to run, because there are not clear sight lines so you will need to stick with... More

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Riverside, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

This museum was featured in many antique magazines so I was prepared. Anne is a teacher. We were positively thrilled with exhibits and the profusion of books. I should have brougt some grandchildren. Wild about the Toy Hall of Fame. I played with many when young.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Strong Museum is such a great place to visit, and an even better place to become a member. Most of the museum is dedicated to children, their games and their toys. They have so many exhibits, most of which involve touching and actually playing with them, it's very refreshing. The smaller kids also enjoy going into the miniature Wegmans supermarket... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Stayed from 10 to 3pm and kids were sad to leave. Good mix of content for various ages. Mini grocery store was a hit. Lots of tactile activities for those visually impaired.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I've taken my young niece and nephew here several times. What's great about it is that there is something there for all ages. Each section has activities for both young and older children, as well as wall displays for the adults to look at (and reminisce about their own childhood) as the kids play. It's easy to spend the whole... More

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East Meadow, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

An amazing time was had by our whole family! It was a fun day and we will definitely return when we are in the area.

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Naples, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Kids liked going, they liked the large fish tank, and optical illusion examples. Also play areas with old fashion kitchen items and dolls. And they loved the "sand" pit full of little beads but boy was it hard getting that out of their shoes and pockets… I was disappointed that for the price they don't include everything with the admission.... More

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