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.
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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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We're only two weeks away from the biggest party of the season, the Play Ball! Your ticket includes a link to the virtua...
09/18/2020

We're only two weeks away from the biggest party of the season, the Play Ball! Your ticket includes a link to the virtual event featuring performances by America's Got Talent's Puddles Pity Party and Steven Brundage Magic. Every ticket purchased helps keep play alive in the community. Get yours now at theplayball.org.

Bring your little ones to the museum for Carol D. Simmons Storytime Club on select Mondays at 10:30 a.m.! Listen to an i...
09/18/2020

Bring your little ones to the museum for Carol D. Simmons Storytime Club on select Mondays at 10:30 a.m.! Listen to an interactive story reading in a socially distant setting in the museum's Adams Atrium. Explore upcoming book themes and print off your Storytime Club Passport at museumofplay.org/calendar/storytime-club.

Summer may be coming to an end, but you can still enjoy tropical temperatures year-round in Dancing Wings Butterfly Gard...
09/17/2020

Summer may be coming to an end, but you can still enjoy tropical temperatures year-round in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden! ☀️ Visit now through November 1 for Fairy Magic and marvel at whimsical fairy houses alongside hundreds of butterflies and flower varieties. Learn more at museumofplay.org/calendar.

There's only one more day to vote in this year's #toyhall Player's Choice Ballot! Choose your favorite finalist toy at t...
09/15/2020

There's only one more day to vote in this year's #toyhall Player's Choice Ballot! Choose your favorite finalist toy at toyhalloffame.org/players-choice-ballot.

The first Carol D. Simmons Storytime Club of the school year starts on Monday! Journey through playful tales exploring t...
09/12/2020

The first Carol D. Simmons Storytime Club of the school year starts on Monday! Journey through playful tales exploring the alphabet at 10:30 a.m. in the museum's Adams Atrium. Print out your Storytime Club passport ahead of time to start earning a free children's book! museumofplay.org/calendar/storytime-club

The National Toy Hall of Fame Player's Choice Ballot is open! Choose your favorite toy from this year's finalists now th...
09/12/2020

The National Toy Hall of Fame Player's Choice Ballot is open! Choose your favorite toy from this year's finalists now through Wednesday. #toyhall

How many fairy houses are in The Strong's butterfly garden during Fairy Magic? Find out during your next visit! Garden f...
09/11/2020

How many fairy houses are in The Strong's butterfly garden during Fairy Magic? Find out during your next visit! Garden fees apply.

Which #toyhall finalist is your favorite! Let us know in the comments, then head over to toyhalloffame.org/players-choic...
09/10/2020

Which #toyhall finalist is your favorite! Let us know in the comments, then head over to toyhalloffame.org/players-choice-ballot now through September 16 to choose in the Player's Choice Ballot!

Don't miss out on the Strong School Club! 🎒 Students in grades 1 through 5 can work on assignments and projects in socia...
09/10/2020

Don't miss out on the Strong School Club! 🎒 Students in grades 1 through 5 can work on assignments and projects in socially distant settings within the museum. Enrollment also includes free breakfast and lunch courtesy of Foodlink. Register today at museumofplay.org/school-club.

It is our mission to promote the importance of play, with its power to teach, spark imagination, and create joy. Let’s p...
09/09/2020

It is our mission to promote the importance of play, with its power to teach, spark imagination, and create joy. Let’s play!

The Strong museum has revealed the 2020 National Toy Hall of Fame finalists! Which is your favorite? toyhalloffame.org
09/09/2020

The Strong museum has revealed the 2020 National Toy Hall of Fame finalists! Which is your favorite? toyhalloffame.org

09/08/2020
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Hear what guests are saying about the museum! Buy your tickets online today at museumofplay.org.

How much do you know about our vibrant region? Comment below with your answer to today’s Finger Lakes trivia. Visit the ...
09/07/2020

How much do you know about our vibrant region? Comment below with your answer to today’s Finger Lakes trivia. Visit the museum to find out the answers! #trivia #fingerlakesny #FLX

Q. How many acres of corn is grown in the Finger Lakes region?

Today is your last chance to Celebrate the Finger Lakes! Watch a special extended performance of Womba Africa and learn ...
09/07/2020

Today is your last chance to Celebrate the Finger Lakes! Watch a special extended performance of Womba Africa and learn the fascinating history behind their music and dance at 3 p.m. Plus, check out vendor exhibitions from across the area, learn about the important role of the region’s agriculture, and more in socially distant spaces in the museum. Learn more at museumofplay.org/calendar/celebrate-finger-lakes.

09/06/2020

Tomorrow only, watch Womba Africa take the stage and learn all about the history of their music and dancing at 3 p.m.!

The Finger Lakes region is full of unique and significant history as well as amazing natural beauty. How much do you kno...
09/06/2020

The Finger Lakes region is full of unique and significant history as well as amazing natural beauty. How much do you know about our vibrant region? Comment below with your answer to today’s Finger Lakes trivia. Visit the museum to find out the answers! #trivia #fingerlakesny #FLX

Q. The first statue to be erected in the United States commemorating an African American was of which prominent Rochestarian?

There’s only two days left to Celebrate the Finger Lakes at The Strong! Check out live chickens from 9 a.m. to noon, wat...
09/06/2020

There’s only two days left to Celebrate the Finger Lakes at The Strong! Check out live chickens from 9 a.m. to noon, watch Grupo Cultural Latinos En Rochester take the stage at 10 a.m., and enjoy a performance by Womba Africa at 3 p.m. Plus, view creations by the Rochester Weavers’ Guild, marvel at traditional Latinx outfits, and more. Check out full event details at museumofplay.org/calendar/celebrate-finger-lakes.

Comment below with your answer to today’s Finger Lakes trivia. Visit the museum during Celebrate the Finger Lakes to fin...
09/05/2020

Comment below with your answer to today’s Finger Lakes trivia. Visit the museum during Celebrate the Finger Lakes to find out the answers! #trivia #fingerlakesny #FLX

Q. In a demolition derby, how frequently must a driver hit a live car to prevent being disqualified?

It's the final weekend to Celebrate the Finger Lakes! Today, say hi to farm animals from 9 a.m. to noon. Watch Grupo Cul...
09/05/2020

It's the final weekend to Celebrate the Finger Lakes! Today, say hi to farm animals from 9 a.m. to noon. Watch Grupo Cultural Latinos En Rochester take the stage at 10 a.m. Join the Happy Pirates for the Carousel Derby from 1 to 3 p.m. and enjoy a performance by Womba Africa at 3 p.m. Learn more at museumofplay.org/calendar.

09/04/2020

Hey Rochester, we’re here to help.

Our School Club has a few spots left. We’ve partnered with Foodlink and they’re providing breakfast and lunch for all kids in the program.

Share this video with some parents or friends that are looking for scheduling options for their kids this fall.

The Finger Lakes region is full of unique and significant history as well as amazing natural beauty. How much do you kno...
09/04/2020

The Finger Lakes region is full of unique and significant history as well as amazing natural beauty. How much do you know about our vibrant region? Comment below with your answer to today’s Finger Lakes trivia. Visit the museum during Celebrate the Finger Lakes to find out the answers! #trivia #fingerlakesny #FLX

Q. Which important Latino painter was born in Rochester in 1943?

Today is the final day for Storybook Summer! Thank you to everyone who has tuned in for the activities. Here’s a special...
09/04/2020

Today is the final day for Storybook Summer! Thank you to everyone who has tuned in for the activities. Here’s a special I Spy of the museum’s The Lost World of Dragons exhibit. Can you find the items? Be sure to visit the museum now through September 7 to check out the exhibit before it closes.

One lonesome black 🌼,
A single lit 🕯️;
One beard the color of 🔥 ,
A 💀 on a mantle.

We hope you’re “aMOOsed” by today’s Celebrate the Finger Lakes events! 🐄 Say hello to a live calf, create a mini butter ...
09/04/2020

We hope you’re “aMOOsed” by today’s Celebrate the Finger Lakes events! 🐄

Say hello to a live calf, create a mini butter sculpture with the Dairy Princess, learn about sustainable energy, and check out facts about diary production with the Livingston County Ag in the Classroom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take home a sample of milk or cheese (while supplies last), visit the farm truck to purchase local cheese, and view the deconstructed butter sculpture from 1 to 2 p.m. Enjoy a performance by Womba Africa at 3 p.m. Learn more at museumofplay.org/calendar/celebrate-finger-lakes.

Comment below with your answer to today’s Finger Lakes trivia. Visit the museum during Celebrate the Finger Lakes to fin...
09/03/2020

Comment below with your answer to today’s Finger Lakes trivia. Visit the museum during Celebrate the Finger Lakes to find out the answers! #trivia #fingerlakesny #FLX

Q. Where did the legendary Rochester garbage plate originate?

Exciting news! Free breakfast and lunch will be available for Strong School Club students courtesy of Foodlink. Only a f...
09/03/2020

Exciting news! Free breakfast and lunch will be available for Strong School Club students courtesy of Foodlink.

Only a few spots remain for students in grades 1 through 5. This new program provides an environment for students to attend their virtual school lessons, work on assignments and projects, and complete their homework in socially distant settings. Sign up today at museumofplay.org/school-club.

09/03/2020

It’s time for Storybook Summer! Get your chef hats ready and watch as our friends from New York Kitchen show you how to make dragon-safe fruit salsa.

For today’s Celebrate the Finger Lakes activities, check out a cooking demonstration from New York Kitchen today only at...
09/03/2020

For today’s Celebrate the Finger Lakes activities, check out a cooking demonstration from New York Kitchen today only at the museum and in a special live stream today at 10:30 a.m.! Plant a spider plant to take home with the Monroe County Master Gardener Program and enjoy a performance by Womba Africa at 3 p.m. Learn more about today’s events at museumofplay.org/calendar.

Play can be a great exercise in problem solving! #WednesdayWisdom
09/02/2020

Play can be a great exercise in problem solving! #WednesdayWisdom

The Finger Lakes region is full of unique and significant history as well as amazing natural beauty. How much do you kno...
09/02/2020

The Finger Lakes region is full of unique and significant history as well as amazing natural beauty. How much do you know about our vibrant region? Comment below with your answer to today’s Finger Lakes trivia. Visit the museum during Celebrate the Finger Lakes to find out the answers! #trivia #fingerlakesny #FLX

Q. Which famous American author spent summers in Elmira, NY?

Race the clock in this fun Taco Race activity! 🌮🏃First, color your taco shell using a paper plate and crayons. Then, add...
09/02/2020

Race the clock in this fun Taco Race activity! 🌮🏃

First, color your taco shell using a paper plate and crayons. Then, add taco meat using crumbled up brown paper bags and measuring cups. Add lettuce using cut green paper and add tomatoes using red paper. Next, add cheese using yellow or orange tissue paper cut into strips and mild salsa using glitter. Finally, take your tacos to the party and feed it to your stuffed animals!

Join us tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. for a special Facebook Live demonstration presented by New York Kitchen. You can also visit the museum in person tomorrow to see the presentation.

Have you visited the museum yet to Celebrate the Finger Lakes? Today through Monday, enjoy a performance by Womba Africa...
09/02/2020

Have you visited the museum yet to Celebrate the Finger Lakes? Today through Monday, enjoy a performance by Womba Africa at 3 p.m. Learn all about the special exhibitions and displays in the museum happening during the program at museumofplay.org/calendar/celebrate-finger-lakes.

The Finger Lakes region is full of unique and significant history as well as amazing natural beauty. How much do you kno...
09/01/2020

The Finger Lakes region is full of unique and significant history as well as amazing natural beauty. How much do you know about our vibrant region? Comment below with your answer to today’s Finger Lakes trivia. Visit the museum during Celebrate the Finger Lakes to find out the answers! #trivia #fingerlakesny #FLX

Q. Where is the birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement?

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We went today and I have to say, we felt VERY safe.
I am extremely disappointed with the Strong Museum. I purchased a 1 year membership for my daughter and her family. They went one time and then the Covid pandemic was upon us. My daughter tried to contact the Museum but it was closed. When the Museum opened she called again to request a refund for the remainder of her membership. The gentleman she spoke to said they were not offering refunds as they were going to extend her current membership and that the Museum was now open but with restrictions. My daughter does not feel comfortable taking her family to the Strong Museum. In these unprecedented times I feel that she should have been given the option of continuing or cancelling the membership. I'm hoping that the director of the Strong Museum will reconsider their thinking on this matter. I am one unhappy Grandma.
Hi are you open this weekend?
Is there any word on when you may reopen?
I would like to introduce EDDY'S WORLD, a documentary short about Eddy Goldfarb, toy inventor. EDDY’S WORLD is a documentary about my father, a 98 year old toy inventor-- the creator of 800 classic toys, including the iconic chattering teeth, Kerplunk and Stompers. And he is young at heart-still working, creative, curious and optimistic. Check out our website [www.eddysworld.net](https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.eddysworld.net%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0eOiBUJyOMjjFpo5pgfJfttiXx6RRWWy0279SDAmvKUUfA-HiXIyWwQT0&h=AT3gxC-QVC0GmqNcJxaCQwmgEHDmh6C14Dw5xeJLFnNkACkPwfUcsamHr9ZL4y9i0c8EjcpYd_KmlL8LNKNfnNN9RYwpyEHmfyWDihnxNgE5KY9gjKp5x1mN2d5tOWap2Nqy5pqhZakoVU2zzwE2lE1WPjpTivU0H0eN3l-BEpM_1fktrtYdKS9iIWtlhlnSyMEm7mEL_I3n14mid_e9T68uI-zFTiMb0lwtU5BltJyo6ci1C39F2a9uXOkT0VUR-0WJwB0xAgrgfg0P77uMoo_7OQV9t0tiM3ebYuhkQO1kjJdGM_ibagzQqZ-7WYdHV5RpFAu3SQDLC8f9trdfy7LAYugdgIUbxAR17gI4lQAcclhwJbtIqNjDdj6jjvj_2j7FURO_Y3fOQgY359bB3lNYUU6WEgmyHDgUNnDLW0ThQLbzBxFbr7Hal9k_7--dI0pvie3r7eS8NniKSsrab-5JjhYlImlgXqlYI22ot2WIGL8HU8bgF_SBBAwDnBlTD6f2uzPG8Z2eftZkDBiXRxJWMMarM1GfrW8mu6ueXwm77rUvZJAUJBKRiHkABBzmzDgJReLGDPJZMzksWRoLBQPCV3sDnjWpjbteOlZAZIz_tijZujZqeNV7-S1f86C8) and get to know Eddy. Please like our page @eddysworldmovie and stay tuned for news about the film and festivals. We will be at Mountainfilm documentary film festival until May 25, part of the Original Shorts block. Tickets are available at mountainfilm.org @Mountainfilm.
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.