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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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Old Warden, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

A wonderful experience, I could have played for days. All of the things from past days are available, nostalgic.

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Oswego, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Great place for the whole family. Plenty of room to run around for the kids. We have two small children and they absolutely love it. We got an annual membership, which is pretty reasonably priced. We try and bring the kids here at least a few times a year.

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Attica, NY (A Suburb of Buffalo)
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63 reviews 63 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

I have visited the Strong Museum of Play 3 times with my daughter, most recently in August. She and I have enjoyed every trip! Twice we visited as part of a school field trip and once on our own as a family. This place has it all, activities, sights to see, learning through play, and so much more. For children... More

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Plainview, New York
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20 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Arrived at 10am and family had to literally pull me out of the place at 4pm. We could have easily spent a few more hours there. So well designed to keep the kids and adults engaged. Plenty to see and do all day. Those complaining about having to pay extra to play pin ball and video games in the museum... More

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Rochester, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Besides hands-on experiences for kids, this place is great even for grandparents. Very nostalgic!! Worthwhile for all ages.

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Calgary, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We travelled to Rochester just to visit this museum and it did not disappoint. There is plenty to explore for kids and parents. It is a very kid friendly place with strollers you can borrow. We spent about 4 hours at the museum but we would have stayed longer if the kids were not tired. We especially enjoyed shopping at... More

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Temecula, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My son couldn't wait to go here again (in fact he specifically asked to go to "that museum" again) and since we live out of state, and hadn't been since he was MUCH younger, I agreed to take him. The first time we never even made it to the second floor, so this time that's where we started, but I... More

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Montreal, Canada
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33 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I visited this Museum of Play sans children. Even as an adult, I found the museum fascinating. I got to sit on the Sesame Street steps with Big Bird and Oscar nearby. I checked out the Monopoly exhibition. I got some tokens and played with the pinball machines. I tried (and failed miserably) to coordinate my steps to Dance Revolution.... More

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Niagara Falls, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

we enjoyed our day at the museum. lots of places for grandma to sit while the kids played I enjoyed looking at the memorabilla of entertainment Had a great time. We ate lunch there too and it was very reasonable.

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Rochester, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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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