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The Strong National Museum of Play

1 Manhattan Square Dr, Rochester, NY 14607-3941
+1 585-263-2700
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1 Manhattan Square Dr, Rochester, NY 14607-3941
+1 585-263-2700
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Reviewed May 21, 2016

it was awesome my kids loved it is teaching them but is also fun ! it has a great price it will keep kids busy

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Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

We visited the Museum of Play with our 3 year old, and had a blast. They have so many areas, we couldn't hit them all (we were there for 2.5-3 hours). They have a great arcade full of classic (and new) games, a full mini-sized...More

Thank lil_lacej
Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

This is a wonderful museum to take kids of all ages! Additionally, it will take adults back to their childhoods. With ever changing exhibits there is always something new to see.

Thank Caitlin C
Reviewed May 17, 2016

I take the children I nanny here almost biweekly and we always find something new and fun to do here! They are always changing things up and you could go in and spend hours at a time in the museum. Highly recommended even though its...More

1  Thank Ccohsev
Reviewed May 17, 2016

Educational play in many different settings. You can easily spend a whole morning or afternoon here. I haven't seen the Butterfly Conservatory yet but I will soon! If you are local, buy a family membership, after 2-3 visits it will be paid for! Diner to...More

1  Thank lovetotravelRN1961
Reviewed May 16, 2016

The Strong Museum is a massive playground for kids of all ages! Most of the museum is geared to younger kids who will spend all day climbing, playing and exploring. For older kids and parents, the vintage toys are a treat to see (and remember...More

1  Thank John S
Reviewed May 15, 2016

We've been to children's museums all over the country, and the one right in our backyard is the best! You can spend an entire day here, week after week. If you're a local, the membership is definitely worth it as you will always find something...More

1  Thank mzak4
Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

Just love this place. My daughter had a blast and so did I. The little wegmans was super cute. The hardest part for me was the arcade area. I wanted to play them all but with a 3yr old too hard. Got go back for...More

1  Thank Darmil W
Reviewed May 13, 2016

Lots to do and see, including beautiful butterflies, pinball machines, and the toy Hall of Fame. Best for kids, also interesting for adults.

Thank Carl B
Reviewed May 11, 2016

I recently was in Rochester for business and I had some time to kill so I went to the Museum of Play. Yes, the museum is built for the younger crowd but trust me, even adults will find much to do there. I marveled over...More

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Response from Stacey S | Reviewed this property |
There is so much to do with a two year old!! We just went with our son who turned 2 in Sept. there is a whole Sesame st area, Berenstain Bears area, pretend grocery store, loads of play tables, ball room - its paradise for a... More
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Response from Strong M | Property representative |
Guests may enjoy snacks from home in lunchroom C. (Located down the hallway across from the admissions desk) Coolers, picnic baskets, and unauthorized parties are not permitted. If you have any additional questions feel free... More