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“Fun for the kids! ”

The Strong National Museum of Play
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US$15.00*
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Ranked #1 of 151 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
Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

We visited The Museum of Play with two 4 year olds and almost 2 year old. While all 3 kids had a blast, there are some things that I didn't particularly care about our visit.

1. $15 admission for ages 2 and up is quite pricey. So this is not something most families would say is affordable, in my opinion. So just to get in for my 4 year old son and I was $30. I knew it was going to be expensive but I believe I've paid less for admission in the past (other trips were in 2015 & 2016, so it's been a while).
2. Parents need to pay attention to their kids. Seriously, put down your phones and engage with your children! Some of the other children are completely unattended and do what they please, while mom and dad do not step in at all when their kids are being rude. One incident, was an older child who sat in a car and refused to let any other children take a turn. When there were clearly other kids wanting to take a turn "driving". Another was when an older girl nearly knocked my younger child over to grab an egg from the chicken coop in the Bearnstein Bears exhibit and ripped it from her hand. These incidents left both of my children and myself extremely frustrated. And unfortunately these incidents almost ruined our visit.

With that being said, the children really enjoyed the Sesame Street exhibit, Thomas the Tank Engine, dressing up with costumes, playing in the "rocks"/dump truck on the upper level, and taking care of the teddy bears! My son alsp enjoyed the comic books/superhero exhibit, as his latest obsession is with Spiderman. Lastly, we all enjoyed a ride on the carousel! We easily spent 4 hours here, and it was a great way for them to burn some energy. They had tons of fun (minus some bad apples spoiling the bunch), and that's all that really matters to me!

Thank hrs0513
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Strong M, Manager at The Strong National Museum of Play, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2018

We appreciate your thoughtful review. I will share your concerns with our guest services team. Feedback from our guests helps us to provide the best experience for all our guests.

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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.

Thank Elizabeth M
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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.

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.

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!

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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