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The Strong National Museum of Play
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Ranked #1 of 148 things to do in Rochester
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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
Reviewed January 22, 2014

We drove six hours just to come visit this museum and we are both 24 years old with no children. It was ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT. The museum was just as fun for adults, even though it is my understanding it's designed more for kids. They have an extremely varied set of items on display and the museum is HUGE. There was a whole room dedicated just to video games, new and old, which we were in awe of. They have a room full of Barbie dolls tracing back to the 1950's and beyond. They also have a beautiful live butterfly sanctuary, which is the best I've ever seen. I even got a kick out of the really babyish stuff, like the "Berenstain Bears" collection and a huge area of fairy tale scenery. They also have a very cool LEGO display. It was a wonderful visit!!! I think they change certain displays every once in a while, to keep things "fresh," which is also pretty cool. As far as I know, you are allowed to take pictures. We spent about 6 hours in the museum and I took about 300 pictures, no one said anything to me. One tip I do have is regarding the butterfly sanctuary, DEFINITELY settle on a time to go see the butterflies and buy your tickets as soon as you arrive at the museum. We had intentions of going to the first showing of the butterflies, but didn't buy tickets. When we went to buy them closer to the showing time, they were sold out, in addition to the following two shows.

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Reviewed January 13, 2014

We spent a rainy morning at this fun museum. There is a lot for young children, but there is also enough to keep older kids and adults entertained. We were actually pleased that the games required the purchase of tokens or we probably would not have left!

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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Mom and Dad had as much fun as the 5 and 1 year old! We planned on going for a couple of hours but needed the full day!

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Reviewed January 6, 2014

combining scientific history of playthings with the real thing, and a faux market for the youngsters, this is one of the finest children's attractions in the country... came here with the notion of leaving about 4 and had to drag them away, kicking and screaming (but politely) at 7... worth every single penny

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Reviewed January 6, 2014

Wow, this place is amazing! Don't think it's just for kids either. We visited with a 15-year old, two 13-year olds, and two adults and were all captivated. The first floor is definitely more for younger kids with the Wegman's and play areas and is worth a look, but the second floor is excellent for adults and older kids. The arcade with retro games like Pacman, Ms. Pacman, pinball, and Frogger kept us busy for hours. The toy collections are fantastic, and being a kid in the 70s, they have all the toys of that era including Merlin and Simon and earlier video consoles. We were disappointed that the doll area was under renovation and therefore closed - would have loved to see Ms. Strong's doll but she was not on exhibit. Go see this place!

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