The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play
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Children's MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 8:00 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
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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, and the World Video Game Hall of Fame.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Eileen A
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun for the Entire Family
    An absolutely amazing museum that is truly fun for all ages. My daughter loved the Wegman's grocery store, I had fun on the Sesame Street steps, and my husband played with the Lincoln Logs in the Toy Hall of Fame for over an over. In addition to the permanent exhibits and the Toy Hall of Fame, the museum offers unique special exhibits. We had such a wonderful time that we purchased a Family Membership.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 2, 2023
  • lindasue727
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing museum
    this museum is fantastic - for kids and adults alike. the first floor seems to appeal more to younger ones with the Sesame Street exhibit and the Wegman's play space. However, the 2nd floor is all about the history of games, toys and video games. What a collection! There is so much to see. I had no idea there was a toy hall of fame and a video game hall of fame. There is a whole section where you can play pinball and video games (you have to pay). However, in the Level Up section, you can play some games for free. This isn't by jam, but my 53 yo husband and 8 yo sold loved it! We were passing through NY State and decided to stay here specifically for this museum. we stayed at the new Hampton Inn which is next door. It's nice b/c you can get your hand stamped and leave and come back which is what we did - to have lunch. Try and go on a Thurs when the museum is open until 8. You defintely could spend several hours here. My son also enjoyed the skyline/ropes course in the air. Also you save $2 per ticket if you buy online.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • heather130
    Boston, Massachusetts17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place
    This museum is amazing! For little kids and big kids and adults alike. Go on a Thurs if you can since it is open - late until 8. The 2nd floor is all about the history of games, toys and video games. Hubby and I are Gen X and it brought back many memories from childhood. Just so cool. He and our son (8) were completely enthralled by the video games as well. We were there for hours. it's a must see!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • ErinRD
    71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place for kindergartners!
    My 5 year old loved this place. Just when you think that you're done...there is more. We were there 7 hours. Food was decent. Chicken nuggets for kids are dry and cold. Customer service was alright. I give 5 stars because the displays are amazing.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Chris P
    Elmira, New York60 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great fun for the whole family especially on a rain day.
    My wife and I are in our late 30s - early 40s with two young children between 6 and 10. It's a great place to entertain them as well as reminisce our youths. The amount of toys and games in display are great, you get to see a lot of items that remember you of your youth. Plus you can play so many games. We ate at the diner in house and the burger was very good. This year we got to tour the new addition which was great. They added on an aerial course which was awesome for our family of 4 to bond. Spent almost 7hrs there! Great day to spend a rainy (or sunny) day!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 14, 2023
  • TKS1227
    Newton, Massachusetts33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much fun!
    We are a family of four with kids in their 20’s. We had such a great time! We spent most of our time upstairs in the HOF section rather than playing in the children’s museum part, although we didn’t skip it completely because it looked so fantastic. Someday I’ll have to return someday with young children to play. The toy history was fascinating with an incredible collection. The only disappointment was the inexcusably expensive gift shop. The selection was small but it ultimately didn’t matter since it was so overpriced. I generally like to support museums by shopping in their stores but I left empty handed, even though I was shopping for a child as well as a souvenir for me (sorry, $11 or $12 is too much for a refrigerator magnet). A mother of young children next to me wanted to buy a Trivial Pursuit refill pack. While willing to pay a certain premium, $65 is just insulting when it’s $18 on Amazon. I don’t think I saw a single purchaser, just browsers.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Stacy G
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fun trip to the past!
    This museum was amazing!! I went with my husband and 11 year old son. If you’re into nostalgia and pop culture, this is the place for you!! The collection is amazing!! The video game area of the museum is a lot of fun and many opportunities to play games. We went on a Tuesday around noon and the upper floor where the video games and collectibles was not that crowded. There is a section with all the old school 80’s video games and you can play them for a token or one quarter. The lower level has an amazing interactive play section for younger children. So many cool things to do. This was a lot more crowded than the museum upper level. There is also a cafeteria and a cool diner you can eat in or I saw many people with packed lunches from home. The gift shop is small, but had some cute things. I would definitely go here again and check told say, it’s not just for families! N
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Terra I
    Rochester, New York85 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit if your in the Rochester area
    We visit the museum at least once a year, this is our first time since all of the updates. The signage to the parking garage could be better but once we found it parking was easy and the new entry way is very nice. There was almost no wait to check in and we were on our way. The new fish exhibit where you color a fish and then watch it on screen was a hit, as was the new video game experience where you create your own avatar and collet “skills” by playing other games. I want to go back just for that. My one complaint was the food court I ordered a wrap without dressing, the girl at the register said I needed to tell them at the next window that I didn’t want ranch they said they were all pre made so they could not do that. So I had to go back to the register for a refund, a little frustrating that they couldn’t communicate better and left it to the customer. That being said my daughter ordered a pizza and my mom got a salad and they both ate the whole thing and said it was delicious.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 18, 2023
  • RogueTrippers
    Guelph, Canada5,416 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A museum that will really appeal to the child in all of us.
    Date of Visit: Fri July 7 Let your inner child loose, and play till your hearts content at the Strong Museum of play in Rochester NY. The Strong is dedicated to the art & joy of play. Everything you can think of related to toys, games, playthings, books, and childhood memories is here for you to enjoy. They have exhibits from the origin of toys, right up to the most recent toys. You will enjoy the trip down memory lane as you go through the many displays and interactive exhibits featuring the toys and toy brands you love. The Hall of fame features the best toys throughout history. Every year new toys are inducted and places on their hall of fame. There is a great video game section where you can enjoy playing all the video arcade games you have grown up with. Over the last few years they have renovated and expanded – and the new additions include a “level Up” interactive digital game world, “High Score” the video game history museum, and the Hasbro Game Park – which features giant versions of classic Hasbro games – Simon, Monopoly, candyland, Jenga, etc. The Museum is huge, and so much fun. The photo opportunities, the interactive exhibits, the giant characters, and the various play structures, will keep you busy for hours. Tips for visitors: There is so much to see and do here, you will want to plan several hours to spend here. There is a carrousel in the main entrance – and a diner to grab something to eat. There is plenty of parking in their parking garage. The museum is a big attraction for families with children, and on weekends and holidays – it will be packed with children running around. We visited on a Saturday and it was extremely busy. The last time we visited a few years ago – was a weekday afternoon – and it was not too bad. The Hasbro Game Park will be closed on Rainy days (esp if lightning) They take extra caution. Do not go late in the day – because it will take you longer to get through everything than you might think, and you wont want to miss out on things.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Carol Ann J
    Germantown, New York2,731 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun for Children of All Ages
    The Strong National Museum of Play is a fun place for children of all ages. There are so many interesting things to see and interactive areas for children throughout the beautiful museum. There are displays of toys ranging from the 1800s to the present day. It was like taking a step back in time and fun to see the toys that were popular when we were children as well as those that our own children played with. The Butterfly Garden was a bonus with lovely plants and the most beautiful butterflies. There is also a very nice gift shop, areas to get something to eat, and the cleanest restrooms!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
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Aurora
Bergen, NY1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
This museum can make a pessimistic 14 year old reawaken her inner child. I would know, I am that 14 year old. There is so much to do here even with Covid. There is a huge superhero exhibit that both my brothers and I loved. The mini Wegmans there is one of our favorite things. And that butterfly garden is beautiful with turtles and button quails and even a toucan. And during happy hour my brothers and I will always stop by bill grays for half price milkshakes. There is a monthly exhibit that always changes when I last went it was dragons and before that it was baseball. There are vintage toys that many adults will remember. And that sesame street area is adorable, your kids can stop by and say hi to all their favorite characters even Elmo's goldfish Dorothy. Admission is free for anyone 2 and under but over that it's 15 dollars per person so I highly advise getting a membership. It is extra for the butterfly garden no matter what though and arcade games, the train ride, and carousel are all extra as well. Come one and all to the museum that is truly the crown jewel of Rochester.
Written February 10, 2021
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Eddie M
Milford, CT103 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
The kids enjoyed the museum but didn’t think that it was great value with so many restrictions in place. With a number of exhibits closed the museum is still charging extra for things like the train ride.

Also paying full price for very young children is poor. Under 5s should be discounted to some extent.
Written July 26, 2020
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TKS1227
Newton, MA33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We are a family of four with kids in their 20’s. We had such a great time! We spent most of our time upstairs in the HOF section rather than playing in the children’s museum part, although we didn’t skip it completely because it looked so fantastic. Someday I’ll have to return someday with young children to play.
The toy history was fascinating with an incredible collection.
The only disappointment was the inexcusably expensive gift shop. The selection was small but it ultimately didn’t matter since it was so overpriced. I generally like to support museums by shopping in their stores but I left empty handed, even though I was shopping for a child as well as a souvenir for me (sorry, $11 or $12 is too much for a refrigerator magnet). A mother of young children next to me wanted to buy a Trivial Pursuit refill pack. While willing to pay a certain premium, $65 is just insulting when it’s $18 on Amazon. I don’t think I saw a single purchaser, just browsers.
Written August 14, 2023
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Cynthia I
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We had a hard time finding the entrance to the parking lot. There were no signs indicating where to turn in. You needed to prepay to get the reduced rate for parking, there was only one kiosk and the line was long a ppl had trouble getting the reader to read your museum “ticket” and ppl got confused.
Being back the old food court, this one is a joke. The seating area was small and claustrophobic with no idea where to go get your food when ready, not really a food court, you oder off a small menu and then pick up your food from a half opened door. It felt like eating. In a really sad cafeteria. Never again.
Written January 16, 2023
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T & K
Dundalk, MD21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Visited with family and teens. We have been to many children's museums when the kids were younger but the website here listed the toy museum and pinball area prominently on the website. We were disappointed to learn that you had to pay for the pinball on top of the admission price. It was nominal but wasn't clear on the website. The toy museum portions are mixed throughout the other exhibits and at times it felt like we were in the way of the younger kids activities. So, I would say if you are a family with younger kids, go for it, you will have a blast. If you are more interested in the museum part, or other temporary exhibit, just be sure you know this is a kids play place above all else.
Written April 7, 2022
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Stacy G
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This museum was amazing!! I went with my husband and 11 year old son. If you’re into nostalgia and pop culture, this is the place for you!! The collection is amazing!! The video game area of the museum is a lot of fun and many opportunities to play games. We went on a Tuesday around noon and the upper floor where the video games and collectibles was not that crowded. There is a section with all the old school 80’s video games and you can play them for a token or one quarter.

The lower level has an amazing interactive play section for younger children. So many cool things to do. This was a lot more crowded than the museum upper level. There is also a cafeteria and a cool diner you can eat in or I saw many people with packed lunches from home. The gift shop is small, but had some cute things.

I would definitely go here again and check told say, it’s not just for families! N
Written August 17, 2023
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Bill5762
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The museum is large and much to do for an older child
For a 2 year old there are certainly things age appropriate for them, but not worth charging an adult admission fee, The museum should offer a discounted rate for much younger children.
The Seneca Park Zoo even offers FREE admission to children 2 and under and discounted tickets for 11 and under.
A family of 4 that includes twins age 2 is expected to pay $100.00 for a couple of hours? Certainly toddlers are not going to be spending the day in any museum.
Written July 15, 2023
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Kim F
Rochester, NY19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
I find it very disappointing that your low ropes course is for under 48”, yet when you denied my son, you would not let him stand inside the course with me so his younger brother could do it. You would not let him stand outside the fence because you said he would be unaccompanied which is against the museum policy. I understand this policy, but he would be so close to me, it seemed a little ridiculous. Then the worst part was when you said he could not try the high ropes course because “he would be in the way” if he wasn’t going to do the whole thing. This is not family-friendly at all nor friendly to people with disabilities. Basically if you are a single mom your kids might never be able to do this. If you have a child like mine who has developmental coordination disorder, they can’t do the low ropes course, but they can’t stand and watch a sibling, but they can’t try the high ropes course. You could make a bench inside the low ropes course. There are a lot of solutions to this. I’m not a single parent but I really feel for anyone with more than one child dealing with this or older kids with disabilities who aren’t allowed to participate. I was surprised you wouldn’t let me pay for him to try the high ropes course because that was not on the sign, that your child has to be able to complete it. I don’t know how you could even enforce that.
Written November 18, 2023
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RogueTrippers
Guelph, Canada5,416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples

Date of Visit: Fri July 7

Let your inner child loose, and play till your hearts content at the Strong Museum of play in Rochester NY.
The Strong is dedicated to the art & joy of play. Everything you can think of related to toys, games, playthings, books, and childhood memories is here for you to enjoy. They have exhibits from the origin of toys, right up to the most recent toys.
You will enjoy the trip down memory lane as you go through the many displays and interactive exhibits featuring the toys and toy brands you love.
The Hall of fame features the best toys throughout history. Every year new toys are inducted and places on their hall of fame.
There is a great video game section where you can enjoy playing all the video arcade games you have grown up with.
Over the last few years they have renovated and expanded – and the new additions include a “level Up” interactive digital game world, “High Score” the video game history museum, and the Hasbro Game Park – which features giant versions of classic Hasbro games – Simon, Monopoly, candyland, Jenga, etc.
The Museum is huge, and so much fun.
The photo opportunities, the interactive exhibits, the giant characters, and the various play structures, will keep you busy for hours.

Tips for visitors:
There is so much to see and do here, you will want to plan several hours to spend here.
There is a carrousel in the main entrance – and a diner to grab something to eat.
There is plenty of parking in their parking garage.
The museum is a big attraction for families with children, and on weekends and holidays – it will be packed with children running around. We visited on a Saturday and it was extremely busy. The last time we visited a few years ago – was a weekday afternoon – and it was not too bad.
The Hasbro Game Park will be closed on Rainy days (esp if lightning) They take extra caution.
Do not go late in the day – because it will take you longer to get through everything than you might think, and you wont want to miss out on things.
Written September 29, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

amsolu
Middletown, NJ121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
Love this place! They were constantly cleaning every surface, I was so impressed and felt so safe. They limit capacity due to covid so buy your tickets in advance. My husband lived this place more than my kids. We took a quick trip to Corning and decided to add this to the list while we were there. It's a bit of hike, if I recall 90 minutes from Corning but so worth it. We have 4 kids ranging from 5 to 14 and they all loved it. We could have stayed here for a few hours . I am sure if it is more fun when everything is open. It is a must see and the staff works extremely hard at sanitizing. We will definitely come back!
Written April 20, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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