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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 - 8:00 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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Fun for little guys!

My little guy is 20 months and we have been bringing him to Strong since his first birthday. I was a little nervous that he wouldn't know what to do with himself, but he LOVES... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

My little guy is 20 months and we have been bringing him to Strong since his first birthday. I was a little nervous that he wouldn't know what to do with himself, but he LOVES it. He loves the fish tanks as we enter, the Wegmans store, the Sesame Street area (especially the shadow-dancing room), and the Bernstein Bears area.... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Don't miss a chance to it the amazing The Strong Museum, National Museum of Play is a must see. A great time for all ages. Make sure you allot enough time to visit everywhere it can take a good day to get through all the visits, stop have lunch and play some more. You won't be disappointed a day well... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is a fantastic museum. We went with our granddaughter who is almost two and she loved it, almost as much as we did. In the couple of hours we were there, we barely scratched the surface. There is so much to see and do, for all age levels. Much of it is interactive and really holds their attention. There... More 

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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This interactive museum of play kept our grandson busy for more than 4 hours before we had to leave. We could have spent a few more days exploring and playing with the exhibits. Strongly recommend for family visits and if you live close, a family season past is a must!

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Rochester, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Spent over four hours with my two grandsons age 5 and 7. They were never board and I had to beg them to leave. Grandpa was tired. From the garden out front to the Food Court everything was wonderful. Staff was friendly and helpful. Treated everyone as if they were the most important person .

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Fairport, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is one of many visits with assorted grand children. The butterfly museum is mesmerizing for all kids. Nothing quite like having a butterfly land on your hand. The rest of the museum is self actuating. The kids gravitate to what interests them. I had planned for an hour and had to drag them out after 4 hours. It sells... More 

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Lagrangeville, New York, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

If you want to remember your childhood - the toy hall of fame is the best part of this museum. I loved seeing so many of the toys I played with enshrined in the hall. Overall this is a great place to bring the family for the day.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Dinette car restaurant near the main value was a great value. Museum was priced right, but note that about 50% of the museum is similar to a very good "Please Touch" Museum and my teenagers felt out-of-place at first. The comic book alley and the second level is more "museum-like." Was disappointed that the "Hall of Fame" was under construction.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This museum is just amazing over all. So many different stations. So many things to figure out and to try out. You can spend hours and hours there. Promise you get not bored at all. For all age levels you can find activities. Even the older one having fun. The first time when you get there it is might be... More 

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Stormville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The Strong Museum of Play was awesome! The kids and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. They do not participate in the ASTC passport program though. The museum covers toys through history and even has the doll of the woman who conceptualized the museum on display. The museum is separated into several sections- I won't spoil the surprise by telling you about... More 

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Additional Information about The Strong National Museum of Play

Address: One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607
Phone Number: +1 585-263-2700
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Rochester
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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