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The Strong National Museum of Play
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

My 6-year old loves the Museum of Play so we try to visit it once or twice a year. I always aim to visit during a week day when the museum is not so busy, but that is not always the case. This time we visited during Superhero weekend. The description on the Museum's website didn't indicate that it would be busy; that there would be a few opportunities to meet two groups of Superheros in the auditorium area. That was so not the case.

First, the place was packed. More packed than usual on a Saturday. By the time we arrived at 11:30 am there was no parking in the Museum's parking lot. So, we drove through the lot, exited on the other side, turned left and parked on the street. It's not a direct walk to the Museum door, having to walk around the parking lot's fence.

Inside, the staff was excellent in taking admission and moving people inside.

Our smartest move was to go up the stairs upon entering and start upstairs. For a 6-year there is a number of interactive stations upstairs to keep one busy. And enough displays for curious adults.

We moved into the upstairs arcade gallery. Always a treat. This was quite packed, compared to usual, but we were able to play some of the free games too. We easily spent $10 on tokens for these arcade games and the pinball downstairs.

Lunch at Bill Gray's is always a treat. The Museum allows guests to return using the armband that they give you when purchasing admission. The diner is inside the building so no loss of our parking space.

Back inside we went back upstairs to access the playzone in the back. The downstairs exhibit/Wegmans area was still too packed.

When we came down costumed Guardians of the Galaxy were available for photos. This was the third group of costumed superheros we had seen that day. Each was equipped with a keeper who was controlling the picture taking. Very professional.

Most of the other guests were up with the Superheros so the back area was enjoyable. Here kids can climb a pirate ship, put on a play, direct a giant, play giant chess and all kinds of fun, imaginable play inspired by the books located throughout the play area.

By the time we emerged, the crowds had died down and we were able to go to the mini Wegmans store exhibit. For kids, this down-sized grocery store is the best exhibit at the museum. No line, so we gathered our five items and checked out - three times!

The museum usually has two temporary exhibits going on at all times. This trip these exhibits were less than thrilling.

The play area around the exhibits, play sets that hearken back to old times and an airplane have been remodeled this summer. These were definitely cleaner, giving kids the opportunity to fly a plane or captain a space cruiser. The stage is still under the plane, with the opportunity for the kids to control lights.

Gone seems to be the post office and ticket box. That was sad because my son had played with both in the past.

On weekends, the museum is open later in the evening. Unlike weekday visits, people keep arriving after noon because there is still plenty of time. However, first thing in the morning still seems to be the busiest time.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank elizabethboughmartin
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Strong M, Manager at The Strong National Museum of Play, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to provide such a thoughtful review. We are delighted to hear that you were able to enjoy all of our exhibits. We hope you will be back soon!

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Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

This is the second time we've been there and it's even better then before. The had a special Thomas the Train exhibit which was fun for very young Kids. The interactive exhibits make it a fun day for all. It can get busy at times so you may want to plan your trip when it's not a long weekend but either way it's sooo much fun! Can't wait to go back.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank ashleia
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Strong M, Manager at The Strong National Museum of Play, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share a review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the exhibits! We can't wait to see you the next time.

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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Right in our backyard. SMSC is amazing. Took until I had 4 kids until I went. Educational, historical, and fun. Just a great afternoon for our family. Try it out, you won’t regret it.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Christopher B
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Strong M, Manager at The Strong National Museum of Play, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2018

Thank you for providing a review. Now that you have discovered us, we hope you will visit again soon.

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Reviewed March 26, 2018 via mobile

My daughter and family live outside the area and we visited the last time she came home last summer. The children loved it so much they wanted to return. New exhibits were delightful
And the rest were a delight to become reacquainted with. The Museum
is delightful for the entire family and we were all exhausted and happy. Make it a part of your visit to the area ... and re visit if you have gone in the past. Monday is Senior day for all you
Grandparents!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank sbostons
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Strong M, Manager at The Strong National Museum of Play, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2018

Thank you for sharing a review. We are pleased to hear that your family continues to enjoy the exhibits and that you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed March 24, 2018 via mobile

This was our second trip to the Strong Museum - we loved it so much the first time, we made a second three-hour trip to come back the next school break with our 5 and 8 year old. There are so many hands-on, engaging activities for kids of all ages (age 2-99!)... our kids loved the pinball machines (very reasonable price for tokens), butterfly conservatory, and storybook areas the best. Everything is impeccably clean, staff is friendly, and all exhibits are in tip-top shape. 100% recommend to families and those young at heart.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Strong M, Manager at The Strong National Museum of Play, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2018

Thank you for sharing such a great review. We are delighted to hear that your children enjoyed the exhibits. We hope you will visit us again soon!

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