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The Strong National Museum of Play
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The Strong Museum Admission
Ranked #1 of 143 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
charlotte, nc
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145 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“WOW wow and wow!”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

I visited the museum with my 13 month old. He loved the Sesame Street area and the kiddie Wegmans. There is so much to do here for kids (and adults) of all ages. The whole place is fantastic! It definitely gets busy so keep that in mind but what a great place to bring kids! I can't wait to bring my son back again and again as he gets older.

Visited March 2013
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Buffalo, New York, United States
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“Kids Like it, Pricey for the results”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

My kids like it. The butterfly exhibit was the best part (for me). There were some interactive things to do, but I wish there had been more. I did like browsing the "museum" section where the history (30's, 40's, etc.) and older toys were...but my kids didn't care for that. They had an arcade, but you had to pay to play...and with a $13 entrance fee...paying for anything else seemed silly. I would say it was fine, but I wouldn't go back.

Visited April 2013
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Albany, New York
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“Best Family Museum”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

A day is not enough time to see everything the Museum of Play has to offer. Different themed areas (fairy tales, super heroes, etc) allow kids time to explore and play. It's an amazing hands-on experience!

Visited July 2012
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Enough here for everybody!”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

We took our teenage son here on a school break day in April. We were visiting colleges in Rochester, and tried to cram in one last family trip to a museum before sending our youngest off to college. After visiting I wish we had found this place a few years ago. Having said that, there was a lot to do even for a family on the older end of the demographic. Being a school break day, the crowds were overwhelming downstairs, so we headed right upstairs. First thing we saw were the toy collections, and we probably spent a good hour here alone. Anyone 50+ years will love this section! Saw the original Monopoly boards, then our son discovered the classic video arcade. Got teenagers? You will lose them here! While he played (OK, we did too...) there was plenty to look at. Classic video game consoles, lots of history here back to early personal computers and stuff that many will have fond memories of. The Toy Hall of Fame is also upstairs, and while not as in-depth as I thought it would be, worth the visit. Downstairs, we ate at the Diner and found the food worth the wait. Shakes & root beer floats do wonders for fatigued kids & adults. Took a tour of the downstairs exhibits & were amazed; The Wegmans market where kids can pretend to work there was brilliant. Son spent quality time in the comic book heroes exhibit, and even the LEGO travel exhibit. Hands-on activities for little kids, in depth narratives for older kids to read. Speaking of reading, there are nooks loaded with books to read everywhere! Little kids ruled the Field of Play & Reading Adventureland, so we just looked & thought of the fun our kids would have had there 10+ years ago! Truly something for everyone here. Parking lot was full, but we easily parked on the street & fed the meter machine. We spent 4 hours & could have spent longer. If your kids are under 10, get here early & plan to stay all day.

Visited April 2013
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“Plan for a WHOLE day”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

We went over our Easter spring break, and we found it as reviewed by most. We have a 4,3, and 10 month old, and we were there from opening until close (even though everyone could have used a nap). The overall favorite was the butterfly garden. Unfortunately, you only get 20 minutes to tour before they let the next group in (also not included in the fee, but it was only $4 per adult and $3 per kid). The kids also loved the Wegman's area where they get to "grocery shop". The aquariums are also nice (for the little guy). There was so much to do that we weren't able to fit it all in. In hindsight, we should have gotten a membership ($119) and gone for 2 days.
All the exhibits were well-kept and the staff was friendly.
The only negative for us was the food court. We were there on a Tuesday, and I spent the total of 55 minutes waiting in line for food with 2 overly-tired kids. There's nothing, really, that can be done for that, but it took away from our museum time and was the only non-fun thing we did.

Visited April 2013
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