The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play
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Children's Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 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 - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play. Together, these enable a multifaceted array of research, exhibition, and other interpretive and educational activities that serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.
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Jason P
Lansing, MI758 contributions
Family
One of the main reasons we came to Rochester was to visit this museum for our kids. We have been to many kids museums but this is one of the best out there.

The museum is huge and has a wide variety of exhibits. For little kids, the Sesame Street exhibit, Berenstain Bears, Wegmans grocery store, and Storybook adventure were all favorites. My kids (7 and 4) absolutely loved this place.

You could probably entertain a teenager here too because there are exhibits geared towards pinball, superheroes, and video games as well. There is also a toy hall of fame that is great for anyone remembering their childhood toys.

They have made some adjustments due to Covid. Tickets are only good for a window of three hours (9 to 12; 1 to 4; some days 5 to 8) and need to be selected in advance. This has limited crowds and the good news is we almost had the museum to ourselves on a Monday afternoon. However, the admission price ($16/kid or adult) gets a little bit steep for just three hours.

Besides the admission charge, parking is $5, and there is an extra charge for the merry go round and little kids train ($1/person).

Disappointing was the temporary carnival exhibit by the merry go round. Was kind of a poor imitation of a Chuck E Cheese with games that give tickets, that can be exchanged for cheap prizes. This cost extra (you have to buy tokens) and the selection of games isn’t that great.

Since the admission price is expensive and your time is limited, would be nice if they gave you a limited amount of tokens per paid admission for the extras.

Food court and restaurant inside museum is currently closed. Lots of hand sanitizer machines in museum and the workers appear to be making a great effort to keep things sanitized. Masks are required to be worn inside the museum.
Written August 4, 2020
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Sivan M
344 contributions
Friends
The museum has a huge parking lot in the back, and upon entry you’re greeted by the small cafe and souvenir shop (pre-covid). Tickets are 20 and below, with the butterfly admissions $5. The museum brings nostalgia and fun interactive events everyone will enjoy. My favorite was the butterfly center and pinball room. Upon entering during covid, there are 3 routed you can take, I recommend going upstairs first as you can loop around to see everything in one go.
Written March 9, 2021
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T & K
Dundalk, MD21 contributions
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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Aurora
Bergen, NY1 contribution
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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RYC88
Centreville, VA1,137 contributions
It's just the perfect mash-up of a library, a science museum, an arcade, a playground, a toy museum, and a children's museum. Every age group can find and experience something different and enjoy this fabulous place. There was so much to read and see and play with and explore and create, we ran out of time, even though we had gotten there shortly after opening. Just to give an example, I'm a 56 year old woman and went with my 23 year old daughter and we had the best time. We saw teens on dates and multi-generational family groups and everyone was able to find something to do throughout the whole building. I just loved how everything was tied together in the theme of toys and play spanning the years and giving such insight. What a wonderful place!
Written July 26, 2022
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Eddie M
Milford, CT89 contributions
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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michiganmand
Ann Arbor, MI132 contributions
Amazing! My son Googled places to take kids and came up with this museum. It sounded like so much fun I mentioned it to my second grade pen pals in Michigan. We have a hands-on museum locally with the bubbles and interactive science exhibits but it doesn't compare to the Strong Museum in size, scope or value. My wife and I enjoyed playing video games that we played when we were just married over 40 years ago. So much to see and do here. One day isn't enough in my view.
Written September 9, 2022
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Maureen M
2 contributions
My 22 year old son wanted to go for his birthday. I used to take my sons to Strong Museum when they were young. I wasn't sure how entertaining it would be for 15, 19, & 22 year olds. We had a riot! We played video games, experienced the interactive displays, and played the giant board games. Parking was super easy. It is inexpensive (I think $5) but we just parked on the street nearby since we couldn't tell where the parking garage was.
Written August 1, 2022
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runner24
Orlando, FL1,304 contributions
We were in town over Easter and decided to stay a few extra days to enjoy our new Grandson. As the weather turned cold and rainy we decided to check out the Museum of Play as it sounded like something a toddler might enjoy. What a great facility for children. He enjoyed it immensely and we found that many of the exhibits were entertaining for us as well. Barbies, old toys from our own childhood.
Cold, rain, or snow and looking for something to occupy your time. You've found it.
Enjoy.
Written April 19, 2022
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Barb
Caledon, Canada9 contributions
I visited with my daughter and her four children, ages 10, 5 year old twins and 2. It is unusual to find a place that ticks the approval boxes for this age spread, but the Strong Museum of Play did just that. The younger ones had the most variety, for sure. The exhibits on the first floor are definitely aimed at the younger crowd. I was very impressed by the level of interaction. Costumes, crafts, climbing, play acting, puppets and props at every turn. It was a struggle to convince them to move on from most areas so we could explore the next one! The 10 year old enjoyed the video game section, the pinball section and the area with all the games. We arrived at opening time of 10AM and thought perhaps we would last 3 hours or so. We left the museum at 6PM! It was great value for the money and extremely well done. My only complaint - due to the layout of the museum it was very challenging to keep an eye on three very active youngsters. We had three adults and a ten year old looking out for them and still managed to lose sight of kids and have to go searching. In this age of technological advances, I wish they could issue some sort of bracelet that provided a "find my kid" option similar to Apple's "find my phone"! :)
Written January 7, 2020
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