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National Museum of Play at The Strong

Address: One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607
Phone Number: +1 585-263-2700
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Ranked #1 of 43 Attractions in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Come over to play at the only museum in the world devoted solely to the importance of play. The...
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Type: Children's Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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.
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Fairport, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Museum continues to evolve. The butterfly exhibit is not to be missed. I wasn't going to pay the extra entrance fee but was glad I did. They take just small groups in and the butterflies land right on you. The kids loved it!! So did I. It's worth the extra fee. Guide also gives you a brief tour then you... More 

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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35 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We took my 20 month old granddaughter to this museum and were so impressed with what they had to offer! She loved everything about it, including the Sesame Street area, Wegman's, the train ride and the Carousel. We didn't get there until 3 PM and they closed at 5 PM, and we were busy every minute we were there, following... More 

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Rochester, New York, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The Strong National Museum of Play is a fantastic experience for the whole family. Prepare to spend at least three hours exploring the Strong's varied array of exhibits and attractions, both for young and old! Video games, simulators, butterfly conservatory, theater, and a labyrinth-like storyland of play including Sesame Street and Wegmans where kids can learn to shop, scan food... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

My grandchildren (ages 6 and 4) LOVE this place. Just as much fun for adults as well. Something for everyone. Crowds don't seem to be a problem, the museum holds them well. It can keep the kids busy from opening to closing. LOTS of hands-on exhibits and things to do. Can't be disappointed. Well worth the price of admission. Food... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

SMoP one of the best places for a young child to spend a day. Everything about the exhibits and "rooms" is top flight. You cannot go with out going to butterfly's. If visiting you have to go - it is that good

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Young or Old this Museum is the place to go!!! This was my first visit and I became a kid again! there is things there for all ages! the butterfly exhibit was awesome. They were beautiful and many would land right on your hand or sleeve. The attendants explained everything that was going on and you could actually see them... More 

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Culpeper, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My kids are now 11 and 8, and they still ask to go back and play at the museum. I don't mind because I'm always eager to visit too. Strong has great permanent exhibits in addition to diverse traveling installations, and they are continually making updates and improvements. Well worth the price of admission and it can easily fill a... More 

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Rochester, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I have always thought of the strong museum as a place that was awesome for kids to learn in a fun way. And a way to spend the whole day letting them wander where there hearts desire for one price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

this is more like an interactive science center than a museum. so much fun stuff to do and see. the museum is large, modern and a full day of entertainment. full size sesame street, shopping at the grocery store, full size theater, arcade, so much awesome. and to top that off we visited during Star Wars weekend. OMG the 501st,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Nostalgia at its finest. They have toys from the past. One of our favorites was the Tonka Winnebago. There's also a room full of old arcade video games that you can actually play. So much to do! Did I mention the replica of Sesame Street? And lots, lots, more! Go and have fun!

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