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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Game your way to the White House! Mayfair Games unveiled Road to the White House in 1992, a game where players are presi...
01/20/2021

Game your way to the White House! Mayfair Games unveiled Road to the White House in 1992, a game where players are presidential candidates who can “plot strategy, raise money, cultivate reporters, [and] ooze charisma.” The Strong holds a prototype, a manufactured game, and archival records documenting the design, development, and marketing of this game. In light of today’s inauguration, this game similarly inspires players to achieve their dreams, “where anyone can be president.”

The Mayfair Games collection, which is currently being processed and available for research in the future, also contains business and development papers for other popular games: Empire Builder games, 18XX railroad games, Cosmic Encounter, Sim City: The Card Game, and Role Aids for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, Chill, DC Heroes and much more.

Use your Monroe County Library card to check out books at the Grada Hopeman Gelser Library next time you visit The Stron...
01/19/2021

Use your Monroe County Library card to check out books at the Grada Hopeman Gelser Library next time you visit The Strong. Explore books about kindness, acceptance, and friendship this month.

Did you love Barbie, Hot Wheels, or Masters of the Universe? Did you spend hours playing Sonic the Hedgehog? Are you a f...
01/19/2021

Did you love Barbie, Hot Wheels, or Masters of the Universe? Did you spend hours playing Sonic the Hedgehog? Are you a fan of Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg’s newly released “Console Wars”? If so, join us on Thursday, February 25 for Cocktails with the Creators featuring Tom Kalinske former CEO of Mattel, Sega of America, Inc., and Leapfrog. https://www.museumofplay.org/calendar/cocktails-with-the-creators

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., along with Southern church leaders, started the Poor People’s Campaign in 1967 to challenge...
01/18/2021

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., along with Southern church leaders, started the Poor People’s Campaign in 1967 to challenge wealth inequities between Black and white Americans. The group sought to eliminate poverty among the Black community. This pin can be found in The Strong’s collection.

Today we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with items from The Strong’s collection. This funeral fan (a co...
01/18/2021

Today we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with items from The Strong’s collection. This funeral fan (a common keepsake at Black funeral homes) depicting Dr. King and his mother “together again” was made after King’s assassination.

Today, the museum honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by highlighting some of the rare artifacts in its col...
01/18/2021

Today, the museum honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by highlighting some of the rare artifacts in its collection. In 1985, Yla Eason founded Olmec Toys, Inc., which became the largest minority-owned toy company in the United States. Eason developed the company after she was unable to find an African American superhero figure for her son. In 1992, Olmec introduced “Our Powerful Past Black Leader Series.” The first action figure in the series was Martin Luther King, Jr. He came packaged with a podium and microphone, and an 18-minute audio cassette and transcript of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with socially distant performances and activities focused on treat...
01/16/2021

Commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with socially distant performances and activities focused on treating people with compassion on Monday, January 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included with general museum admission.

Join us for Frozen Adventures and meet the popular Ice Queen and Ice Princess today and Sunday at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p...
01/09/2021

Join us for Frozen Adventures and meet the popular Ice Queen and Ice Princess today and Sunday at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. (All meet-and-greets will avoid physical contact and follow the museum’s COVID safety protocols.)

Your hosts will be waiting for you, tonight at 7 p.m. EST! It’s not too late to sign up for Virtual Trivia Night! Grab y...
01/07/2021

Your hosts will be waiting for you, tonight at 7 p.m. EST! It’s not too late to sign up for Virtual Trivia Night! Grab your friends, a drink, or make a snack and join us!

Tickets available online at museumofplay.org/calendar/virtual-trivia-night

01/06/2021

The museum's power has been restored, and we will reopen tomorrow for regular hours at 10 a.m.

01/06/2021

The museum is closed today, January 6 due to a power outage in downtown Rochester.

As fellow trivia fans, many of us will tune in later this week for Alex Trebek's last taped Jeopardy. The Strong's archi...
01/05/2021

As fellow trivia fans, many of us will tune in later this week for Alex Trebek's last taped Jeopardy. The Strong's archivist Julia Novakovic had the opportunity to be a contestant on the show in 2015! Julia will host the museum’s Virtual Trivia Night on January 7 and undoubtedly be inspired by Trebek’s legendary work!

Don’t forget to grab your tickets for Trivia Night this Thursday! Join us virtually at 7 p.m. EST and put your board gam...
01/05/2021

Don’t forget to grab your tickets for Trivia Night this Thursday! Join us virtually at 7 p.m. EST and put your board game knowledge to the test.

Tickets available online at museumofplay.org/calendar/virtual-trivia-night

Skate, sled, or snowshoe into The Strong for Frozen Adventures and meet the popular Ice Queen and Ice Princess on Saturd...
01/05/2021

Skate, sled, or snowshoe into The Strong for Frozen Adventures and meet the popular Ice Queen and Ice Princess on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. (All meet-and-greets will avoid physical contact and follow the museum’s COVID safety protocols.)

Do you have what it takes to win the grand prize? Virtual Trivia night is January 7 at 7 p.m. EST. Tickets available onl...
01/01/2021

Do you have what it takes to win the grand prize? Virtual Trivia night is January 7 at 7 p.m. EST.

Tickets available online at museumofplay.org/calendar/virtual-trivia-night

Answer questions directly from some of your favorite trivia board games of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.  Join us for Vir...
12/29/2020

Answer questions directly from some of your favorite trivia board games of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. Join us for Virtual Trivia night January 7 at 7 p.m. EST.

Tickets available online at museumofplay.org/calendar/virtual-trivia-night

12/25/2020

Happy Holidays from The Strong!
Our Miller Manor will be on display throughout the holidays.

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We are closed today and will reopen tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

#HappyHolidays

12/23/2020
Holiday Lego Display

Celebrate the holiday season with The Strong and LEGO! Throughout school break, marvel at two, giant LEGO displays from the Rochester LEGO Users Group, including a wintry city and medieval village decked out for the holidays. Sponsored by Fidelis Care. Event support provided by Autism Learning Partners.

12/22/2020

Don’t miss out on any more events! Visit our website to stay up-to-date about all things PLAY.

www.museumofplay.org

Need a stocking stuffer? The museum shop is offering 30% off all holiday ornaments!
12/21/2020

Need a stocking stuffer? The museum shop is offering 30% off all holiday ornaments!

When it comes to playing safe, no one does it better. When it’s family time you need, you can count on us to do our part...
12/21/2020

When it comes to playing safe, no one does it better. When it’s family time you need, you can count on us to do our part to ensure the health and safety of your family.

Please note: The museum will be closed Friday, December 25. We will reopen Saturday, December 26 at 10 a.m.
12/21/2020

Please note: The museum will be closed Friday, December 25. We will reopen Saturday, December 26 at 10 a.m.

As Covid-19 pandemic anxieties deepened, many people sought new hobbies. Former teen model Tonya Ruiz styled a Barbie th...
12/20/2020

As Covid-19 pandemic anxieties deepened, many people sought new hobbies. Former teen model Tonya Ruiz styled a Barbie that looked like her in quarantine. As the months of quarantine continued, Ruiz produced Bread Baking Barbie, Quarreling Couple, Home Salon, and Zoom Ken, among others.

Have you ever memorized the back of a Trivial Pursuit card? Is watching Jeopardy! part of your nightly ritual? Think you...
12/20/2020

Have you ever memorized the back of a Trivial Pursuit card? Is watching Jeopardy! part of your nightly ritual? Think you know “a little bit about a lot of things”? Kick off the new year with a fun-filled evening of trivia with The Strong! https://www.museumofplay.org/calendar/virtual-trivia-night

In 1968, Operation Bootstrap launched Shindana Toys, a community-owned company dedicated to making toys that “reflect bl...
12/19/2020

In 1968, Operation Bootstrap launched Shindana Toys, a community-owned company dedicated to making toys that “reflect black pride, black talent, and most of all, black enterprise.” This photograph was donated to The Strong from Louis Smith, III, son of Shindana co-founder Louis S. Smith, II.

Calling all quiz brains and game enthusiasts! Join former Jeopardy! contestant and museum archivist Julia Novakovic alon...
12/19/2020

Calling all quiz brains and game enthusiasts! Join former Jeopardy! contestant and museum archivist Julia Novakovic along with Lauren Tagliaferro from the Memorial Art Gallery for an hour-long virtual trivia night! Answer questions directly from some of your favorite trivia board games of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. Win prizes! Tickets available online at museumofplay.org/calendar/virtual-trivia-night

12/18/2020
Trivia Night

Calling all quiz brains and game enthusiasts! Join former Jeopardy! contestant and museum archivist Julia Novakovic along with Lauren Tagliaferro from the Memorial Art Gallery for an hour-long virtual trivia night!

Tickets available online at museumofplay.org/calendar/virtual-trivia-night

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Rochester, NY
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happy new year to a fantastic museum i have a suggestion since you guys have barbie dolls what about a Barbie commercial wall which shows commercials from diffrent decades also look forward to the next time i get a chance to visit
Kick a family out with a child who is autistic, is everyone in your organization really this stupid?
Sad to see such a large museum not having a better understanding for the ADA and helping support the disabled community. You didn't even offer an accommodation for the family. I would hope with the years of experience you have you understand the importance of inclusion and would do the right thing to help the family that tried to attend your museum. That family doesn't and other disabled families have a right to have the same opportunities as other families.
Did your policy change on those who medically cannot wear a mask? This story makes me incredibly disappointed in Strong Museum. https://www.facebook.com/16503709/posts/10101862511334316/?d=n
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?