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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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rochester
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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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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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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Butterfly exhibit is wonderful! Very fun & educational at the same time for kids. Hours worth of play at a great price.

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Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

You can easily spend all day here, with exhibits for young kids, and video games on the second floor for the teens. A gem in Rochester .

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Rochester, New York
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I love to bring my grandchildren here, ages 2, 7, and 10. There is something for each of them. A wonderful place to spend an afternoon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a great museum, both for kids and for older people. Exhibits of historic toys will bring back memories. Be warned though, admission is expensive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I woul like to say we wish the museum in our home town could be a little bit less expensive. Also know that the butterfly exhibit costs more to go into and isn't included in admission price. They have a gift shop but also is bit pricey for most items.

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