Discover a world of fun at the Strong National Museum of Play, a hands-on history center for children and families in Rochester, New York. The museum is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play. With 100,000 square feet of dynamic, interactive exhibit space, 'the Strong' provides educational, entertaining, and unforgettable family fun ... More info ›
Discover a world of fun at the Strong National Museum of Play, a hands-on history center for children and families in Rochester, New York. The museum is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play. With 100,000 square feet of dynamic, interactive exhibit space, 'the Strong' provides educational, entertaining, and unforgettable family fun. Come see why it has earned TripAdvisor’s highest rating and why it’s consistently included in the top 10 lists of best museums not only in the US, but the entire world.
Visit: The Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square Dr, Rochester, NY 14607-3941
Well known as the nation’s museum of play, 'the Strong' explores the ways in which play encourages learning, creativity, and discovery, and illuminates cultural history. Inside, discover the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, and the world's largest collection of toys, games, and dolls.
Stay for a few hours or an entire day. Check out the museum events, food court, shop, carousel, and the following permanent exhibits:
America at Play — Explore how play illuminates American cultural history through artifact cases and timelines. See rare objects on view only at 'the Strong.'
American Comic Book Heroes: The Battle of Good vs. Evil — Discover Superman, Iron Man, and others in an exhibit that explores the history of superhero comic books in America.
The Berenstain Bears: Down a Sunny Dirt Road — Enter the world of the Berenstain Bears, including Main Street, Farmer Ben’s Farm, and Brother and Sister Bear’s Club Houses.
Build, Drive, Go (Opens December 6) — Design a race track, build skyscrapers, work at a construction site, and more.
Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street? — Go hands-on with the activities seen on television.
Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden — Experience 800 free-flying North American and tropical butterflies. (USD $5 additional, 20-minutes)
eGameRevolution — Enter a video arcade with operating, historic video games. Play PC and console games, Giant Tetris, Pac-Man Battle Royale, and more.
Field of Play — Walk through a giant kaleidoscope, 'drive' a drag racer, climb a rock wall, and more.
Game Time! — Move like a piece on a giant game board through three centuries of American games, puzzles, and public amusements.
Monopoly: An American Icon — Discover the surprising story of one of America’s favorite games in this display of rare and historic versions of Monopoly.
Play Pals — Play house, heal a teddy bear, and save the world. Play Pals traces the evolution of dolls, action figures, toy soldiers, and plush animals through three centuries of American history.
Reading Adventureland — Follow the Yellow Brick Road into five literary landscapes: Adventure Island, Mystery Mansion, Fairy Tale Forest, the Upside-Down Nonsense House, and the Wizard’s Workshop.
Toy Halls of Fame — Go hands-on with the toys beloved by generations in this state-of-the-art exhibit featuring National Toy Hall of Fame and Toy Industry Hall of Fame inductees.
Wegmans Super Kids Market — Cruise the aisles, work the cash register, and role play at the kid-sized Market Cafe.