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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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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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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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Have you treated yourself to a day of play lately? Kids young and old will love the Strong National Museum of Play. From the grand ole Carousel as you enter to a nationally... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Have you treated yourself to a day of play lately? Kids young and old will love the Strong National Museum of Play. From the grand ole Carousel as you enter to a nationally ranked Butter Fly conservatory at the opposite end of the first floor every step is s delight. Let the kids try their hand at being a cashier... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This place couldn't be better for kids to learn and play. Multiple opportunities for all age kids. Well managed and a great staff. This place puts its counterpart in Washington, DC to shame. Depending on your kids' energy (and yours) plan on 3 to 4 hours.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

First time to the Strong National Museum of Play. I spent the whole day there with three adults and two children.There were things for all of to do and to look at. A must see if you come to Rochester.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit. Take your time and look at everyting they have to offer. Don't rush, just enjoy. Take money for the video games upstairs !

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I used to have a membership to the museum when my kids were younger. There is so much to do. Now my oldest is 11, he does not find it that interesting to visit that often. We come once a year and have a great time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

I have been multiple times to Strong Museum and I can honestly say that I have loved every time! I have gone with college friends years back, with my psychology group and with the children of the families' that I've nannied for. There is so much to offer here! I love being able to see all the nostalgic toys that... More 

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Penfield, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Great Children's Museum!!! Something for every child here! My son who is afraid of bugs actually enjoyed the butterfly exhibit. The hall of superheroes was very cool, as was the Berenstein Bears section! If you are a member of the Monroe County Library system you can borrow books from their library and return them to any branch!!! Awesome place!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

We had lots a fun at the Strong. But healthier food options for kids would be great. I mean, it's a museum promoting play that is serving only junk food...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

We have visited a lot of children's museums and I think this is the best we have ever been to. It is very engaging and has something for kids of all ages 1-18. My son loved the video arcade.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Having fun with my grandchildren so many wonderful activities they always want to go we have a family membership

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