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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 44 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

This place is seriously the best children's museum. Something for every kid, big and old. The mini wegmans is my personal favorite.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The Museum is worth the drive from Toronto! We've been there four times now! Combined with a stay at either the Hyatt or Home2Suites by Hilton, it makes for a great weekend! I think my husband and I had as much fun as the kids at the museum!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

My great granddaughter had a wonderful time exploring all the great things that is offered. She loved being able to shop and check out her own groceries. I can't wait till my youngest great granddaughter is old enough to go. Definitely a worthwhile trip.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The Strong is a must for all visitors coming to Rochester, especially if you have children. Plan to spend the whole day.......there is that much to do here, and you can break for lunch in the cafeteria there. They have hands on activities for all ages....from babies to the young at heart. Don't miss out on this gem. Mary

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My wife and I are empty nesters who recently became grandparents. We drove to Rochester to check out this museum, anticipating that in a few years when our new grandson is old enough, we might take him here. We were so impressed that I can say it is a certainty that we will return with him. But we discovered that... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Probably the best in the United States or close to it. It's great for the children as well as the adults. Yo can spend hours looking at all they have to offer. It's one of the best places to see i Rochester and DON'T miss it. You could go there more than once because they keep adding.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We have been going to the Strong Museum since it opened. Great family adventure. Best time to go is Friday afternoon and play for awhile and then go to food court for supper and then back and play some more. Museum is open later on Friday.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We recently brought our very adult senior cousins to the museum to show them what they could do with the grandchildren here in Rochester. They are well traveled international people and they were astounded with the all of the sections to the musuem and said they would plan 3 days for them with the grandchildren, to see all the different... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We gave out long before the activities did. I didn't even realize till I read the reviews here that there's a whole level that we missed. So much to see and do. We were with our children and grandchildren. My husband appreciated being able to borrow a wheelchair for the day. There was enough room between exhibits and play areas... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

My nieces loved our day at Strong! So many places to explore in one building. The carousal is always a hit and the butterfly garden is an amazing experience for kids! Well worth the money and is fun for both kids and adults!

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