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“For kids, this is awesome” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play
One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607
+1 585-263-2700
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Ranked #1 of 149 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: 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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Fairport, New York
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“For kids, this is awesome”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

If you have kids and are looking for a museum where they will have fun this is it. There is even the butterfly garden which is great. You will just have fun watching the kids look and play with everything

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“Fun for all ages”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

It can get very crowded, especially on school holidays and weekends, so get there early if you can. My 18 month old had a blast - nearly every activity is enjoyable to a wide range of age groups. When she got tired, we popped her in a stroller ( available free at the front gate) and toured the butterfly garden. There are birds that scurry along the walkways, turtles that bask close to the edge of their enclosure for easy viewing, and even a busy toucan to fascinate little ones. You can bring your own food - just have to find the private dining area to pull it out. Note - there are only tables and chairs and trashcans in this blessedly quiet room - bring your own napkins and spoons! The back of the cafeteria has vending machines which offer inexpensive healthy snack options - yoghurt, milk, and fruit/nuts, etc. It's an extra dollar, but the merry go round ride at the exit gives nice closure to the day!

Visited January 2013
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“Wonderful place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We live in buffalo, 60 miles from this museum. We went there once and we could not resist buying membership for a year. For a family: two adults and any number of kids $109. While one entry is $13 per person (over 2 years old).

Kids love it and can not get enough of it. Has so many activities, Demo Wegmans' Grocery is wonderful where kids shop and check out with printing receipt. All sorts of games that suit even adults. All computer based games, xbox, PS3, and even "Atari" the old fashion games :-)

I wonder, if you live at Rochester, why on you have no membership :-)

We travel once each two weeks for this museum depending on the weather.

Parking is free.

Visited January 2013
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“Toys to reminiscent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

This is a place where children and adults can go to enjoy. There are many activities to keep the children busy and toys from the past that adults can reminiscent. For girls and women, there is a huge collection of dolls located on the second floor. To see the Butterfly Garden, it will cost you extra to enter and is not part of the admission fee. For those who are hungry , there are several restaurants inside and the most interesting looking is Bill Gray's Restaurant which looks real cool. The design of this restaurant has the nostalgic look of an old diner, however, I did not eat in here and would not be able to tell you how is the food. The museum does not allow you to bring drinks and if you happen to walk in with it in your hand, either gulp it down or toss it in the garbage can.

Visited April 2012
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“Fun Place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

My wife and I took our daughter here late on a Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, two hours wasn't enough. If you plan to go, allow yourself at least 4 hours.

Visited December 2012
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