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The Strong National Museum of Play

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Address: One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607
Phone Number: +1 585-263-2700
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fee: Yes
Description: Come over to play at the only museum in the world devoted solely to the...
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 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(R). 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(R)):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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A great place for all ages

I love to take family and friends when they come to Rochester. There are special programs throughout the year so it is always changing. There is something for everyone. I know... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I love to take family and friends when they come to Rochester. There are special programs throughout the year so it is always changing. There is something for everyone. I know this is a gem of our community and always recommend it to visitors.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Great place to bring young kids!! New things for older people to learn about too. Fun for all. Running after the excited kids creates great aerobic exercise for older folk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is a fantastic place for children. One of the best children's museum I have visited. If you have children and are visiting Rochester, it is a must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Not to be missed on your visit, the fantastic butterfly exhibit. Every child no matter the age will enjoy this creative and playful museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Play is encouraged throughout the museum with hands on building activities, child-sized stores such as Wegman's grocery, mini-theaters with dress-up clothes, arcade games, electronic games, story land, and so much more. You can do crafts with your child, browse books, reminisce (for us older folks) looking at board games or dolls or toys from our youth, or just relax and... More 

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Irondequoit, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Great for kids, could be better for the price they charge, but the membership makes it affordable for frequent trips with young kids.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015 via mobile

I've lived in Rochester most of my life and this was the first time I actually went inside of. My first time experience was interesting. My favorite part was the butterflies and turtles.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I take my nieces and nephews here every time they visit. There is so much to do and see, they are entertained for hours. The butterfly conservatory- is fantastic. That is their favorite part! Its worth the extra $4? to get in- you won't regret it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This place is just fantastic for children. Older children can play video games upstairs. Adults love the old school games and memories. The museum brings out my kids imagination and that's why I love it. The Lego exibit was a big hit and the 50 states was interesting to me too. The food options are okay. I love the Butterfly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The museum of play is the best museum I have ever been to I would totally recommend visiting this museum! Especially if you have kids. There are many toys experiments and activities for your children to enjoy. This museum is awesome

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