The Strong Museum

The Strong Museum A history museum that engages kids of all ages with hands-on exhibits and the world’s most comprehensive collection of toys, dolls, games, and video games. The Strong museum, is located in Rochester, New York.
The Strong museum, located in Rochester, New York, is the only museum anywhere devoted solely to the role of play in learning and human development and the ways in which play illuminates American cultural history. Both collections-based and hands-on, The Strong is among the largest history museums in the United States and was named the number one “Family Museum in the Country” by FamilyFun magazine. The museum is also home to 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. The Strong explores play and the ways in which it encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history.
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In Another Galaxy is this weekend! Come dressed as your favorite science-fiction character on Saturday and Sunday and en...
11/12/2019

In Another Galaxy is this weekend! Come dressed as your favorite science-fiction character on Saturday and Sunday and enjoy out-of-this-world activities. museumofplay.org/calendar

Are you ready to play with a purpose? The Strong’s next Happiest Hour is Thursday, December 12. Buy your tickets online ...
11/11/2019

Are you ready to play with a purpose? The Strong’s next Happiest Hour is Thursday, December 12. Buy your tickets online today. Museum members receive $3 discount on regular tickets. Presented by Simon Business School. https://www.museumofplay.org/happiest-hour

11/10/2019

Celebrate #SesameStreetDay by visiting The Strong museum and snapping a picture on our famous 123 Sesame Street stoop!

We’re open noon to 5 p.m. today.
Come play with us.

#Sesame50

College Night is TONIGHT! Limited tickets are available starting at just $8 on museumofplay.org.
11/08/2019

College Night is TONIGHT! Limited tickets are available starting at just $8 on museumofplay.org.

11/08/2019

Canstruction build day is tomorrow!

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Marvel as teams of architects, engineers, contractors, and students design and build large-scale sculptures made from canned food.

Canstruction begins tomorrow and is on view through November 23.

The Strong welcomes Magic: The Gathering, Matchbox Cars, and coloring book to the toy hall of fame.
11/07/2019

The Strong welcomes Magic: The Gathering, Matchbox Cars, and coloring book to the toy hall of fame.

The Strong welcomes Magic: The Gathering, Matchbox Cars, and coloring book to the toy hall of fame.

We can't wait! Museum members receive a special discount too!
11/07/2019

We can't wait! Museum members receive a special discount too!

Night of Play partnered with the The Strong Museum is TOMORROW 🎉

The first 500 kids to arrive will receive a free Amerks themed coloring book!

Get Your 🎟’s Now: http://amerks.co/4B4rcR

The Strong welcomes Matchbox Cars, Magic: The Gathering, and the coloring book to the 2019 class of the National Toy Hal...
11/07/2019

The Strong welcomes Matchbox Cars, Magic: The Gathering, and the coloring book to the 2019 class of the National Toy Hall of Fame! toyhalloffame.org

Will Matchbox cars speed across the finish line? Can My Little Pony gallop past the pack? Will the coloring book draw up...
11/07/2019

Will Matchbox cars speed across the finish line? Can My Little Pony gallop past the pack? Will the coloring book draw up a victory? Can Risk conquer the competition and reign supreme? Tune in today at 10:30 a.m. EST on Facebook and YouTube to find out the newest inductees to the National Toy Hall of Fame!

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can discover the intricate mechanics of pinball from The Strong’s resident pinball expert dur...
11/07/2019

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can discover the intricate mechanics of pinball from The Strong’s resident pinball expert during Scout Pinball Pros on December 8, 2019. This program is for kindergarten through grade 5. Troop leaders can call 585-263-2700 to register their group. Registration is open through December 3.

Attention science-fiction fans! In Another Galaxy weekend returns November 16 & 17. Come dressed as your favorite sci-fi...
11/06/2019

Attention science-fiction fans! In Another Galaxy weekend returns November 16 & 17. Come dressed as your favorite sci-fi character and enjoy out-of-this-world activities! Visit museumofplay.org/calendar for details.

The museum has plenty to do on Monday! Watch preview performances of The Nutcracker, view hundreds of blue morpho butter...
11/06/2019

The museum has plenty to do on Monday! Watch preview performances of The Nutcracker, view hundreds of blue morpho butterflies, and decorate a postcard to send to a museum donor. Learn more at museumofplay.org/calendar/2019/11/11

The Strong was honored to receive an award from the NYS Education Department in recognition of its demonstrated commitme...
11/06/2019

The Strong was honored to receive an award from the NYS Education Department in recognition of its demonstrated commitment to assisting individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment. Photo L-R: Marianne Durrant (Director of Network Development for the Employer Resource Network and the Employment Alliance at Heritage Christian Services), Danielle Maloy (Regional Coordinator at ACCES-VR – Rochester District Office), Claudette Hercules, Nicole Osier, Lauren Keppler (The Strong), and Joseph Hamm (Director of Regional Affairs at NYS Department of Labor) http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/ndeam

Celebrate the National Toy Hall of Fame this weekend and watch models take the runway in inductee-inspired looks designe...
11/05/2019

Celebrate the National Toy Hall of Fame this weekend and watch models take the runway in inductee-inspired looks designed by The Mary Therese Friel Modeling Agency. Learn more at museumofplay.org/calendar.

Don't miss out on The Strong's special preview screening of Insert Coin on Friday. Limited tickets available at museumof...
11/05/2019

Don't miss out on The Strong's special preview screening of Insert Coin on Friday. Limited tickets available at museumofplay.org.

11/05/2019

Meet Eric, IT Service Supervisor at The Strong museum!

Eric loves seeing our guests play and that “My time and energy are spent creating and maintaining a fun place for people of all ages to play and learn.'' He also loves the museum’s vintage Star Wars action figures!

Tune into Facebook or YouTube to watch the National Toy Hall of Fame induction ceremony! Mark your calendars for Thursda...
11/05/2019

Tune into Facebook or YouTube to watch the National Toy Hall of Fame induction ceremony! Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 7 at 10:30 a.m. EST. https://www.youtube.com/MuseumofPlay

November is National Adoption month and @childrenawaitingparents_roc Heart Gallery is now on view at The Strong! Open yo...
11/04/2019

November is National Adoption month and @childrenawaitingparents_roc Heart Gallery is now on view at The Strong! Open your heart. Open your home. #nationaladoptionmonth @ The Strong Museum

11/04/2019
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Thanks to everyone who made it to The Strong’s second annual Women in Games event an amazing success! And, special thanks to Kellee Santiago, Ann McCormick, Ryh-Ming Poon, Robin Hunicke, Keisha Howard, Jen Taylor, Kiki Wolfkill, Meggan Scavio, Elizabeth LaPensée, Jacinda Chew, Emily Greer, Reiko Ninomiya, and Jennifer Oneal for sharing insights and words of wisdom! Truly inspiring!

Join Eastman Community Music School faculty for a short concert followed by a question-and-answer session in the Adams A...
11/01/2019

Join Eastman Community Music School faculty for a short concert followed by a question-and-answer session in the Adams Atrium. Elementary Musicianship and Young Children’s Chorus programs at Eastman Community Music School, dance to the beat, and sing along to music presented by Dr. and Mrs. Foley. Today at 6 p.m.

10/31/2019
Leggo Halloween

Happy Halloween!
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The littlest ghouls and goblins will enjoy spirited Halloween activities and collect prizes during Toddler Trick-or-Treat. Come in costume and journey through the museum for goodies—including crayons, coloring books, and temporary tattoos—with characters such as a wizard, detective, and chef.
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10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join us tomorrow for Toddler Trick-or-Treat!The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and will go until 2:00 p.m. 🎃Craft a Hallowee...
10/30/2019

Join us tomorrow for Toddler Trick-or-Treat!

The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and will go until 2:00 p.m. 🎃

Craft a Halloween-inspired work of art, take a picture in the pumpkin patch, play a game of Feed the Monster, and more!

Plus, check out a book to take home from the Spooky Story Station with your Monroe County Library System card.

Toddler Trick-or-Treat starts tomorrow at 10 a.m. Thank you to Brothers All Natural for donating snacks for the event!
10/30/2019

Toddler Trick-or-Treat starts tomorrow at 10 a.m. Thank you to Brothers All Natural for donating snacks for the event!

Boy and Girl Scouts can discover the intricate mechanics of pinball on December 8. Learn facts from The Strong’s residen...
10/29/2019

Boy and Girl Scouts can discover the intricate mechanics of pinball on December 8. Learn facts from The Strong’s resident pinball expert, create a simple pinball machine with recyclable materials, check out the museum’s Pinball Playfields exhibit, and more. Learn how to register your group at museumofplay.org/calendar/2019/12/8

Congratulations to Adelaide and her family, our latest winners of the 20 for 20 Book Challenge! Stop by the Grada Hopema...
10/29/2019

Congratulations to Adelaide and her family, our latest winners of the 20 for 20 Book Challenge! Stop by the Grada Hopeman Gelser Library desk during your next visit to learn how you can participate in the final drawing. Keep reading!

It’s #NationalChocolateDay today! How many parents are just as excited about trick-or-treating as their kids?🍫🍬🍭#TrickOr...
10/28/2019

It’s #NationalChocolateDay today! How many parents are just as excited about trick-or-treating as their kids?

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#TrickOrTreat

Skip the line! Members with valid membership card AND photo ID, as well as advance ticket holders can proceed directly t...
10/28/2019

Skip the line! Members with valid membership card AND photo ID, as well as advance ticket holders can proceed directly to podiums A & B for express entry. Vouchers and other passes must use the Admissions line.

10/28/2019

The museum shop is in a new location, but has the same amazing and unique merchandise available! Stop by during your next visit!

Final details are coming together for the 2019 Play Ball fundraising gala! The Strong is grateful to our generous donors...
10/25/2019

Final details are coming together for the 2019 Play Ball fundraising gala! The Strong is grateful to our generous donors and sponsors for making this event possible! @ The Strong Museum

The museum is closed today for the Play Ball gala.
10/25/2019

The museum is closed today for the Play Ball gala.

This French Marie Antoinette mechanical doll in The Strong’s collection dates back to 1785-1799. She is receiving some c...
10/24/2019

This French Marie Antoinette mechanical doll in The Strong’s collection dates back to 1785-1799. She is receiving some conservation but the piano keys that power her mechanics still work just fine!

10/24/2019

Meet The Strong’s Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play director, Beth Lathrop. Beth has worked at The Strong for 5 years and enjoys assisting scholars and fellows in their research. Whether it is on D&D, Old Maid, or tin toys—Beth loves learning about their work. Beth’s all-time favorite toy is Barbie! 📚

Did you know Rochester was once home to an NFL team? Check out this new display on the museum's second floor where the R...
10/23/2019

Did you know Rochester was once home to an NFL team? Check out this new display on the museum's second floor where the Rochester Jeffersons meet the Buffalo Bills! Learn about football then and now and see artifacts from icons like Jim Kelly, Doug Flutie, Kyle Williams and more. #BuffaloBills #ROC

10/23/2019
HOH Community Video

The Strong museum is a place for everyone to have fun and play!

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10/22/2019

See what the future holds! Take a virtual tour through the Neighborhood of Play—a new, vibrant, walkable neighborhood that will revitalize the downtown area surrounding The Strong museum! Learn more at poweredbyplaycampaign.org. Video courtesy of LaBella Associates.

Join us for a special ceremony to find out which toys will be inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame on November 7 ...
10/22/2019

Join us for a special ceremony to find out which toys will be inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame on November 7 at 10:30 a.m.

The Strong recently opened a display of Par puzzles donated by John and Daryl Lillie. Known as the "Rolls-Royce of jigsa...
10/22/2019

The Strong recently opened a display of Par puzzles donated by John and Daryl Lillie. Known as the "Rolls-Royce of jigsaw puzzles," Par puzzles are known for their one-of-a-kind pieces. How many unique shapes can you spot?

10/21/2019
Partners + Napier

Partners + Napier

Play to discover. Play to connect. Play to escape. We’re happy to support The Strong Museum of Play and their legendary Play Ball on October 25.

Enjoy Halloween festivities for the whole family during our Family Halloween Party presented by WellNow Urgent Care! htt...
10/21/2019

Enjoy Halloween festivities for the whole family during our Family Halloween Party presented by WellNow Urgent Care! http://ow.ly/vUVy50wMFTz

The littlest ghouls and goblins will enjoy spirited Halloween activities and collect prizes during Toddler Trick-or-Trea...
10/20/2019

The littlest ghouls and goblins will enjoy spirited Halloween activities and collect prizes during Toddler Trick-or-Treat. Come in costume and journey through the museum for goodies—including crayons, coloring books, and temporary tattoos—with characters such as a wizard, detective, and chef. In-kind support provided by Brothers International. https://www.museumofplay.org/calendar/2019/10/31

Join The Strong on Nov. 8 for a screening of Insert Coin, a film following the untold story of a team of geeks working i...
10/18/2019

Join The Strong on Nov. 8 for a screening of Insert Coin, a film following the untold story of a team of geeks working in a Chicago pinball factory that go on to create some of the biggest video games of all time. Tickets are $8 at museumofplay.org.

Thank you to all our members and guests who helped make this week’s transition to the Howell Street entrance full of smi...
10/18/2019

Thank you to all our members and guests who helped make this week’s transition to the Howell Street entrance full of smiles! We appreciate your patience and support.

How many pinball games can you find? Check out this custom-built display featuring various playfield toys, plastics, and...
10/17/2019

How many pinball games can you find? Check out this custom-built display featuring various playfield toys, plastics, and parts from Williams and Bally pinball machines. Only 30 or so of these displays were made, all uniquely designed to buyer’s preference. Thank you to Larry DeMar for this donation. Larry was Director of Engineering at Williams for 19 years. He worked on many pinball titles, including Black Knight (1980), Space Shuttle (1984), Banzai Run (1988), The Addams Family (1992), and Twilight Zone (1993).

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