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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
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Strong is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the...

The Strong is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It is one of the largest history museums in the United States and one of the leading museums serving families. The Strong houses the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play and is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play. Together, these enable a multifaceted array of research, exhibition, and other interpretive and educational activities that serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.

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Great place to take children of any age, from 1 to 100. Always neat an clean. Love the Wegmens Grocery Store the best.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great place to take children of any age, from 1 to 100. Always neat an clean. Love the Wegmens Grocery Store the best.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great museum! It's interactive, loads of fun, and perfect for kids! I visited it quite a while ago, yet I still remember the exhibits :) I really recommend this place!

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Museum for people of all ages. Children can definitely learn life skills like grocery shopping but also how to get along with other children vying for the same games and other interactive displays

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It takes us almost 3 hours to get here. Lots to do, 10 and 12 year old where very safe to roam around freely while the wife and I went up stairs and took a trip back in time with all the old games, dolls, comics and board games and more. Had a blast finding out about some of my... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the must-things-to-do when in Rochester, especially when you have kids visiting. There are so many things for the kids to do, as well as for adults. We have brought kids from 3 years to 7 years old. They can spend the whole day here. There are many activities for younger and older kids. It is also quite fun... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Brought our 4 year old for the day. A full day!It was fantastic, and my husband really enjoyed the upstairs exhibits featuring video games and computers, etc. We had lunch there also and it wasn not overly priced. If I lived closer I would buy a pass , but even so it is a fantastic deal. A walk down memory... More 

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Rochester,NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have gone to the Strong Museum of Play numerous times. I went with a school group of students on the Autism Spectrum. The staff made it a fabulous day and the students had a great time. There is so much two DO as well as SEE. In addition they now have a butterfly area which was excellent. I went... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Strong Museum is a place you'll want to visit more than once with or without kids in hand. It is like lifting up the top on the toy chest I owned as a kid. Offering interactive and hands on experiences for the kids, Strong Museum houses thousand of toys of any kind and from eras long gone. This place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazingly well designed children's museum of play. Anyone who has one ounce of child in them (don't we all?!) will thoroughly enjoy this place. There are so many hands on exhibits as well as a fantastic museum of toys, dolls etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have taken kids here with friends who are parents. I don't know who had more fun, them or me! I was the last to leave!

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