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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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I went to see the butterfly conservatory, but could see that only by paying the full admission price. I was with an adult friend, and not only did we see the breathtaking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I went to see the butterfly conservatory, but could see that only by paying the full admission price. I was with an adult friend, and not only did we see the breathtaking butterfly display, but we had almost as much fun in the museum as the children that were there.

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

The Strong National Museum of Play is a venue for all ages. My kids (7 and 4) love the Wegman's shopping experience. They could spend hours checking out items. I enjoy the video game area just as much. If visiting Rochester with children, I would highly recommend a visit to the Museum of play.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I went with a friend simply to go to the butterfly exhibit. It was a bit expensive to see just that exhibit but you also received admission to the entire museum. You were allowed 20 minutes in the butterfly exhibit. Different stages of life for the butterflies, also some turtles and birds were housed in the same dome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This place is brilliant. We visited with friends with our 3 year old. He loved it and so did we! Loads to do, butterfly house was a treat and the rest of the exhibits were fantastic, from being a superhero to checking out at a supermarket. So so good!

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Took my grandchildren 3 and 7 here and they loved it. So much to to we spend 6 hours there. They already asked me if we could go back another day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

What an amazing place for children! We visit with my nieces almost every time they visit. My family from outside the area find that there is no place quite like this anywhere else!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

what a fun and interactive museum. we felt a little strange not having any young children with us, but we are all "kids at heart". We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves--playing and reminiscing about toys from our youth. Would definitely go again if ever in Rochester--the only negative for us it that we discovered it our son's last year at RIT instead... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

This museum has a lot of different exhibits that are enjoyable no matter how old you are. I have only been once or twice, but both times I have gone it was not extremely busy, meaning you do not have to worry about long waits in line or about the museum being overcrowded. My younger cousins (4-8 years old) liked... More 

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Henrietta, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

No matter the weather this is a great place to be. The grand kids love the outdoors but when it's too cold or rainy The Strong Museum of Play is the perfect place to hang out. After an hour or two of having loads of fun we head to the diner or cafeteria, you can purchase food or bring your... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We love the Strong so much everyone in the family has a membership! My 2yo has been enjoying playing here since before she could walk and it just keeps getting better, the more she can do. It's fun, stimulating and educational! Definitely a must if you're in the Rochester area.

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Additional Information about The Strong National Museum of Play

Address: 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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