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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 28 July 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed the butterfly exhibit, even if it was only 20 minutes. This museum is really geared to young kids 10 and earlier, my opinion. But it brings back a lot of memories! Got to show my teenagers what a pinball machine is all about!...More

Thank Debora M
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

This museum was so much fun for me as an adult so kids will LOVE it. I especially enjoyed the toy hall of fame where I could reminisce about my childhood. The giant etchaskech was super cool. It did a drawing of you when you...More

Thank Wendy B
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

This place is a blast! I brought my ten month old -- although probably more geared to slightly older kids, we had a fantastic time. Highly recommend!

Thank dana w
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

The Strong Museum of Play and the National Toy Hall of Fame is one of our favorite places to go when we are in Rochester. Kids of all ages can enjoy learning the history of play and the various toys and games that we play...More

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 27 July 2016

The Strong Museum of Play is a unique attraction, especially for anyone with young children. It has a variety of displays and lots of hands on opportunities to keep you busy for hours. You can ride the train and the carousel (extra charge), visit a...More

Thank Mary R
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Kids loved this place and so much to do. Definitely need more than one day if you want to do everything. Even with all the kids everything was picked up and clean. You can't beat the price for what you get. Definitely recommend.

Thank ERHJ
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

I remember as a child going to the Strong Museum and having a BLAST. I always enjoyed the hands on exhibits, even with my daughter. I know the date said I was there in Aug. 2015, but it's been since maybe 2009 lol. The last...More

Thank Amanda L
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Took my kids to this museum and it did not disappoint. Rochester has so many things to offer.. Small hidden gems and this is one of those attractions that should not be missed if you visit the city with children. It is always clean and...More

Thank TravelingGuyColorado
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

We met my younger son and his family (ages 6 mos, 2 yrs and 7 yrs) there and it is wonderful and well run. Plenty for the kids to do and some interesting stuff for the grown ups too. Admission is $14 for adults but...More

Thank Steven M
Reviewed 26 July 2016

great place in Rochester ny to visit great time for kids after there stop have lunch at city grill. the best gogreenledinternational

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23 August 2017|
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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
6 August 2017|
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Response from Jerry C | Reviewed this property |
As stated in the other answers, both of your children will have a blast. Not only will they be able to see toys and games from your childhood, but new stuff is added every year. They have different attractions all the time... More
Harrison G
20 June 2017|
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Response from Strong M | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. We have a very limited supply of Berenstain Bear merchandise at this time. If you would like more information, please contact the manager of the gift shop at 585-263-2700.