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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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Great for kids

Very reasonable price for about $15 per person. 10% with AAA membership. Keep kids entertain for the whole day with plenty of activities.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Very reasonable price for about $15 per person. 10% with AAA membership. Keep kids entertain for the whole day with plenty of activities.

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Webster, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Rochester is very lucky to be the home of Strong National Museum of Play. If you have kids definitely don't miss this. We've been regulars for years. This is one of my sons favorites places to go. They're always updating and making improvements. Listen as you walk around.... Don't be surprised see to hear many different people and languages! People... More 

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Niagara, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Our children were 13 and 9 when we visited, so we found almost the entire 1st floor of the museum to be a little "young" for them - however, the 2nd floor, with the video games, board games, collections was fantastic! We all enjoyed playing video games (5 tokens for $1!!) and board games (giant connect 4, giant Battleship!!) and... More 

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St. Catharines, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

The museum is great. I have been before. Was disappointed that there was not a discounted rate for children.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Make this a 'must see' for your children. My kids adored this place, so much so that we bought an annual membership.

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Geneseo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

I love taking my nieces and nephews to this place. It's just as fun for the accompanying adults as for the kiddos! Everything is so well made and the detail in each play exhibit is amazing! Must go!

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I went for first time a year ago with my teenage daughter and a few of her friends. They went their way, and we went ours. So much to see for people of ALL ages we all had a great time.

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Rochester, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

So much to see and do. You need at least half a day. Was there with my daughter and granddaughters. We had so much fun, especially in the Wegmans store for kids to shop and check out the purchases and restock the shelves. Plus the crafts to do were pretty cool.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The museum has tons of choice for kids small and tall. one thing that has always irked me about this place is that interactive games and exhibits frequently get broken and are not fixed right away. With the huge price of admission, I expect better.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This museum is great for kids and adults alike. There are so many activities for the kids they are too numerous to mention. Adults will appreciate the doll museum upstairs. A great way to spend a day and not spend too much $$

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