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.
(3776)

Create a fun pencil topper out of pipe cleaners! Wrap a pipe cleaner around the end of a pencil and shape it into someth...
05/02/2020

Create a fun pencil topper out of pipe cleaners! Wrap a pipe cleaner around the end of a pencil and shape it into something unique. Add googly eyes and a tongue from craft foam to make a snake or make a cute critter by wrapping the pipe cleaner around a pom-pom. #StrongDIY

Did you know The Strong's artifact collection includes more than 16,000 dolls? Doll conservator Darlene Gengelbach provi...
05/01/2020

Did you know The Strong's artifact collection includes more than 16,000 dolls? Doll conservator Darlene Gengelbach provides expert care to preserve wool, silk, porcelain, plastic, and other materials used in dolls.

Looks like it’ll be old school Easy Bake Oven vs. old school Tonka Trucks! Who do you think is winning this one?
05/01/2020

Looks like it’ll be old school Easy Bake Oven vs. old school Tonka Trucks!

Who do you think is winning this one?

05/01/2020
Storytime Club - Where's My Bear

During today’s Storytime Club, Miss Dea reads Where's My Bear and shares some activities. Presented in honor of Carol D. Simmons.

04/30/2020
Stories About the Stuff - Play-Doh

This National Toy Hall of Fame inductee didn’t start out as a toy. Find out more in today’s Stories About the Stuff with The Strong’s chief curator Chris Bensch.

You can never run out of fun things to do if you have LEGO blocks! Want to create something new with your LEGO blocks? W...
04/30/2020

You can never run out of fun things to do if you have LEGO blocks! Want to create something new with your LEGO blocks? We love this list of more than 100 construction ideas to inspire you! frugalfun4boys.com/lego-projects-for-kids/ #ThrowbackToys #tbt

Play takes a lot of strategy, problem solving, and endurance!  #WednesdayWisdom
04/29/2020

Play takes a lot of strategy, problem solving, and endurance! #WednesdayWisdom

04/29/2020
Animal Encounter - Red Footed Tortoise

Have you ever spotted our red footed tortoise in the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden? Learn lots of interesting facts from live collections supervisor Anna about this amazing creature!

Love playing on the mail train in One History Place? Use this time at home to write a letter or draw a picture to someon...
04/28/2020

Love playing on the mail train in One History Place? Use this time at home to write a letter or draw a picture to someone special in your home. 💌 Decorate your envelope using colored pencils and crayons to give it a one-of-a-kind look. #StrongDIY

04/28/2020
Innovative Solutions

The Strong National Museum of Play is proud to call Rochester home. Our community is tough, creative, and playful—even in the face of adversity. We will get through this together! #togetherROC #TogetherWeWin #localROCs

When a community bands together, amazing things can happen. The world is changing as we know it, and while things are a little different now, one thing is certain – the strength of our community is unshakable. This is Rochester. We are tough and we're going to get through this time together. We adapt, we reinvent, we come together to support one another and lift each other up so we can keep moving forward. ❤

We are strong. We are resilient. We are #TogetherROC.

#LocalROCs #TogetherWeWin #Somegoodnews

HELP US SPREAD HOPE AND POSITIVITY!
Like 👍
Share - with your family and friends!
Comment - what keeps you moving forward in a time like this?
#TogetherROC - Use this hashtag to show your love for Rochester

Thank you to everyone that contributed to this video:
Bob Duffy Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
Jaime Saunders United Way of Greater Rochester
Adam Bello Monroe County Executive Adam J. Bello
Jerome Underwood Action for a Better Community, Inc.
Bridgette Wiefling Rochester Regional Health
Scott Miller Scott Miller Salon and Spa
Jeff Knauss The Digital Hyve
Matt Hurlbutt Greater Rochester Enterprise (Rochester, NY)
David Mammano Avanti Entrepreneur
Aaron Newman CloudCheckr
Lindsay McCutchen Career Start
Steve Dubnik Strong Strong Museum of Play
Gregg Lederman Lederman on Leadership
Todd Butler Causewave Community Partners
Kristen Cimino IHeartMedia Rochester
Janine Caschette Avvino
Julie Camardo Zweigle's
Joe Stefko with ROC2025
325 Productions
Chaz Bruce
And everyone who shared family moments and smiles with us for this video!

These blooms can be found in the museum. 💐 Do you know where?
04/28/2020

These blooms can be found in the museum. 💐 Do you know where?

Take a virtual tour of The Strong museum! Check out two floors of artifacts and exhibits. http://ow.ly/vP2x50zk7CS
04/27/2020

Take a virtual tour of The Strong museum! Check out two floors of artifacts and exhibits. http://ow.ly/vP2x50zk7CS

Play Continues: Update from The Strong’s CEO
04/27/2020

Play Continues: Update from The Strong’s CEO

04/27/2020

Will it be old school or new school Tonka Trucks to move onto the next round?

04/27/2020
Storytime Club - Knuffle Bunny

Does your child have a favorite stuffed animal? Cuddle up for Storytime Club as Miss Dea reads Knuffle Bunny and shares some activities to try at home. Presented in honor of Carol D. Simmons.

Today's recommended reading is Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall. Delight in this stunningly illustrated tale about th...
04/26/2020

Today's recommended reading is Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall. Delight in this stunningly illustrated tale about the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family by award-winning artist Sophie Blackall. This book is Ideal for children ages 5 to 8.

Mark your calendar! Join The Strong museum for a virtual May the 4th Be With You Facebook event! You’ll enjoy Star Wars-...
04/25/2020

Mark your calendar! Join The Strong museum for a virtual May the 4th Be With You Facebook event! You’ll enjoy Star Wars-themed story readings, DIY crafts, and so much more. Look for our event page!

Have a single-pod coffee maker at home? You can create a flower from recycled materials! 🌼Take two empty pods and clean ...
04/25/2020

Have a single-pod coffee maker at home? You can create a flower from recycled materials! 🌼

Take two empty pods and clean them out. Cut the sides of each pod and fold to make petals. Paint the pods with your choice of colors. Once dry, layer the two pods with glue or tape to a colorful piece of paper and attach a pipe cleaner to make a stem. Be sure to add leaves!

What was your favorite way to pretend when you were younger? #PlayfulInspiration
04/25/2020

What was your favorite way to pretend when you were younger? #PlayfulInspiration

Old school Monopoly took the win this week! Now let's see what the next match-ups will be!
04/24/2020

Old school Monopoly took the win this week! Now let's see what the next match-ups will be!

Take a look behind-the-scenes at The Strong! When The Strong museum received a large donation of Par puzzles, curator Ni...
04/24/2020

Take a look behind-the-scenes at The Strong! When The Strong museum received a large donation of Par puzzles, curator Nic Ricketts and conservator Hillary Ellis used museum storage units designed for flat textiles to store assembled puzzles in a way that allowed them all to be viewed easily on trays.

04/24/2020
Storytime Club - Diary of a Worm

During today’s Storytime Club, Miss Dea reads Diary of a Worm and shares some activities. Presented in honor of Carol D. Simmons.

Paper football is an easy way to add in some fun to your day. All you need is paper and a friend! Get started creating a...
04/23/2020

Paper football is an easy way to add in some fun to your day. All you need is paper and a friend! Get started creating a paper football by following this tutorial: wikihow.com/Make-a-Paper-Football. #ThrowbackToys

Join The Strong museum for a virtual May the 4th Be With You Facebook event! You’ll enjoy Star Wars-themed story reading...
04/22/2020

Join The Strong museum for a virtual May the 4th Be With You Facebook event! You’ll enjoy Star Wars-themed story readings, how-to videos (like how to make Yoda ears!), and so much more on our Facebook event page. Tune in and join along! http://ow.ly/UdaL50zjqx7

The Strong National Museum of Play has teamed up with our #gaming peers to support WHO’s #PhysicalDistancing messaging t...
04/22/2020

The Strong National Museum of Play has teamed up with our #gaming peers to support WHO’s #PhysicalDistancing messaging to fight the spread of #COVID-19. It’s time to #PlayApartTogether!

Science writer Jenny Marder pointed out an important truth: “If you want to know what’s troubling your children or what’...
04/22/2020

Science writer Jenny Marder pointed out an important truth: “If you want to know what’s troubling your children or what’s on their mind, pay attention to what makes them laugh.” Play is a wonderful way to deal with awkward subjects. Read on at https://www.museumofplay.org/blog

04/22/2020
Animal Encounter- Millipede

In today’s Animal Encounters with live collections supervisor, Anna Simpson, learn how many legs a Giant African Millipede has and many more cool facts!

Play is important, even if you're just a kid at heart! #PlayfulInspiration
04/21/2020

Play is important, even if you're just a kid at heart! #PlayfulInspiration

Create a sensory bag at home. Grab a freezer bag and fill it with squishy items, such as hair gel, shampoo, shaving crea...
04/21/2020

Create a sensory bag at home. Grab a freezer bag and fill it with squishy items, such as hair gel, shampoo, shaving cream, colored hair gel, and more. Add items like glitter, buttons, and beads. Use strong tape around the edges of the bag to prevent leakage and enjoy! #StrongDIY

Address

1 Manhattan Square Dr
Rochester, NY
14607

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when The Strong Museum posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to The Strong Museum:

Videos


Other Community Museums in Rochester

Show All

Comments

The Lost World of Dragons has been extented.
I love your museum, so I wanted to ask. My family renewed our membership before the Covid-19 pandemic, and, obviously, the museum is closed until that is over. Is the Strong going to extend memberships to compensate, or is there going to be some other form of compensation for the time we are losing on our membership?
where is this museum at?
I have several of the Great Game Machine Modules and the original sales receipt from Sibleys. I am eager to donate the collection if wanted by the museum. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=785280401525284&set=a.742879882432003&type=3&eid=ARCot23dK6KdErm1HMVBm4qtqvlso5jPKovHG9UjP758PAC45t6tux4socCr2LRfFewT4phWPeSs7_kT
Hello. I saw the parking garage sign that free parking ends today. I haven’t received the membership parking passes yet. When are those being sent? Presumably you’d get them to your members before free parking ends...
We can’t afford the membership. But my mother gets it for my kids as their Christmas present. We go more than 6x a year. Think about it. Every other month is ALL we can go now. Why? Because we don’t have the money to pay for parking. We pack our food and bring our own. Eat in the car. It used to be a day trip that would cost use fuel and nothing more. We will be going to the zoo more often now. Why? Because I can bring in my own food AND park for free. We get zoo membership from my MIL for Christmas. Pretty sad that you are charging MEMBERS for parking. Let’s math. 52-6 = 46 46x5 = $230. So, to go once a week, it is going to cost families an ADDITIONAL $230/year. And when are members going to get their free passes??? This is set to happen I. A week and we don’t have ours. I don’t believe we will continue with our membership next year.
Beginning to charge for parking in the new garage is due to take effect on March 2nd. I understand that members will still park free until May 1st and then be given 6 free annual validations. As a member, I feel it is extremely disheartening that once ONLY 6 validations are used we will be subject to the $5 parking fee. For members with little ones like myself, the Museum of Play is a weekly (if not bi-weekly) destination, especially in the winter month. These trips may only be for 1 hour at a time since we all know toddlers rarely stay anywhere too long. This is a very widely discussed and criticized topic within parent groups in the Greater Rochester area. The hope is that the Board of Trustees re-think this policy, as I’m certain memberships will likely decrease due to this. Also - is there a timeline as to when the elevator(s) in the parking garage will be operational? It is extremely frustrating and dangerous for parents with strollers and handicapped patrons to have to navigate the ramps while also dodging cars to reach the lower level in order to enter the museum.
Bruce Dunn
Running and jumping can be so much fun. Walking the dogs can be so much fun. I really like it when we take the dogs to the dog park. That can be so much fun. While walking all around town, we began to get tired. I said we should get bikes so we could get to where we were going faster. You said we would still get tired. I said we would get their faster. So I got us a couple of bikes. While walking down the street in my nice quiet town. I met a lady who had two dogs. I told her I had a dog also. Then I asked her if she would like to go to the dog park. She said she had never been to a dog park before. I told her it would be fine and the dogs would enjoy their selves. Later on that day we met up and went to the dog park. She told me she enjoyed it and would like to go again. I said That I would like to go again also. I am so glad that she liked it and wanted to go again. One time, a long time ago, you told me you wanted a dog. I was so happy to hear that, so I bought you a dog. Now that you have a dog. What do you two do? You said you loved to go to the dog park. I am so happy that you like your dog I gave you and enjoy going to the dog park with. Maybe someday we can all go to the lake. We can also go swimming. We can also go fishing. And don't forget hamburgers and hot dogs. We can have so much fun at the lake. Singing in the rain can be real wet. Sliding down a hot metal slide can be painful. Walking on gravel can be hurtful. Drinking too much alcohol, might make you too drunk. Thinking you are the best my not be a great idea. But being a nice person is the best thing you can do. When you are a nice person, you might take the dogs for a walk. You can even take them to the dog park. They really enjoy going to the dog park. You can also take them to the lake. They always have a great time at the lake. You could even take a couple of fishing poles and fish a little while. You can also go swimming at the lake. Swimming can make you hungry. Going to the store and getting some steaks and hot dogs could be real fun. After eating we could take the dogs to the dog park. They love to go to the dog park. We so much enjoy singing in the rain and h Singing in the rain can be real wet. Sliding down a hot metal slide can be painful. Walking on gravel can be hurtful. Drinking too much alcohol, might make you too drunk. Thinking you are the best my not be a great idea. But being a nice person is the best thing you can do. When you are a nice person, you might take the dogs for a walk. You can even take them to the dog park. They really enjoy going to the dog park. You can also take them to the lake. They always have a great time at the lake. You could even take a couple of fishing poles and fish a little while. You can also go swimming at the lake. Swimming can make you hungry. Going to the store and getting some steaks and hot dogs could be real fun. After eating we could take the dogs to the dog park. They love to go to the dog park. We so much enjoy singing in the rain and having a BBQ. The dogs really enjoy going to the dog park
strong saten crush🥰
the butterfly garden policy for visitors should have not have been changed. We went in to the museum and the garden is something we always have to see. I was surprised that we no longer had to have a set time to get into the garden. Instead we could go in whenever. We went in and they were packing the area full of people. It was not very enjoyable to go and try to look at the butterflies and at the same time try not to be bumping into other people. The poor little birds were so scared running about. All I could think was how many have been stepped on because so many people get to go in at one time. You really should go back to limiting the amount of people that go in at one time.
Everyone in my family loves this museum and my Aunt today sent me this photo as I did grow up to be a scientist and had to buy this set when it came out. I appreciate the sentiment of highlighting this great LEGO set but would request the last sentence be revised. The set does not ‘suggest that girls might aspire to’ these careers, it shows that woman already have these careers!! Also boys need woman role models to look up to, not just the girls. To me that last sentence minimizes the accomplishments of woman in science and I would ask that you please consider revising it to the following- “The set celebrates and shows woman in scientific careers letting all kids know that anyone can become a paleontologist, astronomer, or chemist.”