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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Who did you love playing with growing up? #WednesdayWisdom
07/15/2020

Who did you love playing with growing up? #WednesdayWisdom

07/15/2020
Chalk Series - Julia Doll

Get inspired by Rochester chalk artist Chloe Smith’s Talking Julia doll design—and discover the story behind the doll! Show us who inspires you? Create some chalk art at home. When you've finished, take a picture and leave it in the comments below to be entered into our prize giveaway. Contest will close Sunday, July 19 at 6 p.m. EST and the winner will be announced on Monday!

Storybook Summer continues today with active play! Add colorful motion to your dance moves by creating a dance ribbon. A...
07/15/2020

Storybook Summer continues today with active play! Add colorful motion to your dance moves by creating a dance ribbon. Attach a long ribbon to a unique base, such as a plastic ring, wooden craft stick, cardboard tube, or pipe cleaner.

The Chef's Catering food truck will be here today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. between the museum's parking garage and entr...
07/15/2020

The Chef's Catering food truck will be here today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. between the museum's parking garage and entrance. No museum admission necessary. Park free in the museum's garage for the first 30 minutes to grab lunch!

Have you noticed monarch butterflies flying in your garden lately? Check out this great photo a staff member grabbed whi...
07/14/2020

Have you noticed monarch butterflies flying in your garden lately? Check out this great photo a staff member grabbed while harvesting roses on the museum's grounds! 🦋

07/14/2020
Storybook Summer DIY - Instruments

Inspired by the book I Got the Rhythm, today’s Storybook Summer activity shows you how to make an instrument and jam to the beat! Follow along to find out how to make your own castanet and drum.

07/13/2020

It’s the second week of Storybook Summer! Show off your moves with I Got the Rhythm and follow along as a young girl hears her world come to life through music. 🎶

This week’s Storybook Summer theme is dance! Find books about music and dance on display in the Adams Atrium. Tune in to...
07/12/2020

This week’s Storybook Summer theme is dance! Find books about music and dance on display in the Adams Atrium. Tune in tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. for a live story reading on Facebook, or join us in the museum!

Today's recommended reading is Josephine. Josephine Baker’s journey through segregated America to war-torn Europe and ba...
07/12/2020

Today's recommended reading is Josephine. Josephine Baker’s journey through segregated America to war-torn Europe and back again is told in Jazz-inspired verse with bold, colorful illustrations.

Happy Birthday to Etch A Sketch! Today marks 60 years since this playful toy hit the shelves. Learn more about the toy's...
07/12/2020

Happy Birthday to Etch A Sketch! Today marks 60 years since this playful toy hit the shelves. Learn more about the toy's history and why it was inducted to the National Toy Hall of Fame at toyhalloffame.org/toys/etch-sketch. #EtchASketch60

The Wraps on Wheels food truck will be here today from 3:30 to 5 p.m. between the museum's parking garage and entrance. ...
07/11/2020

The Wraps on Wheels food truck will be here today from 3:30 to 5 p.m. between the museum's parking garage and entrance. No museum admission necessary. Park free in the museum's garage for the first 30 minutes to grab a bite to eat!

07/10/2020
Reopening Video

We are so excited to welcome you back! It is the safety of you and your family that is at the heart of everything we do. Thank you all for staying #STRONGTOGETHER ❤️

07/10/2020
Storybook Summer DIY - Monster Goo

We’re ending this week’s Storybook Summer activities with a fun and squishy activity! Follow along to learn how to make your own monster goo inspired by the story There’s a Monster in Your Book.

The Le Petit Poutine food truck will be here today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. between the museum's parking garage and ent...
07/10/2020

The Le Petit Poutine food truck will be here today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. between the museum's parking garage and entrance. No museum admission necessary. Park free in the museum's garage for the first 30 minutes to grab lunch!

Great news! The Strong museum parking garage will be free for guests and members through the end of July. Members will n...
07/09/2020

Great news! The Strong museum parking garage will be free for guests and members through the end of July. Members will not need to use their validations until August 1.

And the winner is…Old school Fisher-Price Little People! First introduced in 1959 The Fisher-Price Safety School Bus fea...
07/09/2020

And the winner is…

Old school Fisher-Price Little People!

First introduced in 1959 The Fisher-Price Safety School Bus featured the first removable Little People. Little People have helped small children imagine big adventures ever since. Fisher-Price made the first Little People out of wood, but the figures have been molded out of plastic since the 1960s!

It’s time for Storybook Summer! Create your own monster milkshake inspired by There’s a Monster in Your Book. Blend one ...
07/09/2020

It’s time for Storybook Summer! Create your own monster milkshake inspired by There’s a Monster in Your Book. Blend one cup of vanilla ice cream with 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries and a 1/3 cup of cold milk. Add more milk if the drink is too thick. Top it with eyes made from bananas and blueberries.

The Meatball Truck Co. food truck will be here today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. between the museum's parking garage and e...
07/09/2020

The Meatball Truck Co. food truck will be here today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. between the museum's parking garage and entrance. No museum admission necessary. Park free in the museum's garage for the first 30 minutes to grab lunch!

Play comes naturally to kids! #WednesdayWisdom
07/08/2020

Play comes naturally to kids! #WednesdayWisdom

07/08/2020

For today’s Storybook Summer activity, get outside and create your own obstacle course inspired by There’s a Monster in Your Book. Shake, tickle, tilt, wiggle, and tiptoe your way down the sidewalk. What would your sidewalk look like?

07/08/2020
Animal Encounter - Cats

Hey cat lovers! Tune in for Animal Encounters with live collections supervisor, Anna Simpson, joined by some special friends from Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester.

Thanks to our partners at Workinman—we've now added a jellyfish to our digital aquarium. Our guests are loving coloring ...
07/07/2020

Thanks to our partners at Workinman—we've now added a jellyfish to our digital aquarium. Our guests are loving coloring them and then seeing them start swimming around the tank!

The Rob's Kabobs food truck will be here today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. between the museum's parking garage and entranc...
07/07/2020

The Rob's Kabobs food truck will be here today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. between the museum's parking garage and entrance. No museum admission necessary. Park free in the museum's garage for the first 30 minutes to grab lunch!

It’s time for Storybook Summer crafts! Put your very own monster in a book with this great craft inspired by the story T...
07/07/2020

It’s time for Storybook Summer crafts! Put your very own monster in a book with this great craft inspired by the story There’s a Monster in Your Book. Decorate a popsicle stick or paper bookmark with different materials, such as pom-poms, googly eyes, cutout shapes, yarn, and more. Check out these pictures for inspiration and then send us your creations in the comments below.

07/06/2020

The final match-up is here! Only one toy can win! Will it be old school Fisher-Price Little People or new school Hot Wheels?

#TournamentofToys

07/06/2020

It’s the first day of Storybook Summer! 📖 ☀️ We’re kicking things off with a reading of There’s a Monster in Your Book. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a special craft inspired by the book.

This week’s Storybook Summer theme is monsters! Find books about monsters on display in the Adams Atrium. Tune in tomorr...
07/05/2020

This week’s Storybook Summer theme is monsters! Find books about monsters on display in the Adams Atrium. Tune in tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. for a live story reading on Facebook, or join us in the museum!

Today’s recommended reading is Love Monster. Monster is looking for love in all the cute, fluffy, and wrong places. Afte...
07/05/2020

Today’s recommended reading is Love Monster. Monster is looking for love in all the cute, fluffy, and wrong places. After searching everywhere, he is ready to give up. Then, someone special catches his googly eye! Tune in tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. as we kick off Storybook summer with a week full of monster themed stories, crafts, and activities.

Happy Independence Day! We hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday. The museum will close at 4 p.m. today.
07/04/2020

Happy Independence Day! We hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday. The museum will close at 4 p.m. today.

We're excited to announce that parking will be free for guests and members through the end of July. Members will not nee...
07/03/2020

We're excited to announce that parking will be free for guests and members through the end of July. Members will not need to use their validations until August 1.

Great news! The Strong is opening to the public early. The museum looks forward to welcoming you back July 6! museumofpl...
07/03/2020

Great news! The Strong is opening to the public early. The museum looks forward to welcoming you back July 6! museumofplay.org/play-safe

We have our two finalists! Who are you voting for? Make sure you visit our page next week to cast your votes!
07/03/2020

We have our two finalists! Who are you voting for?

Make sure you visit our page next week to cast your votes!

Many thanks to our friends at Humanities New York for awarding The Strong a Humanities New York CARES Grant! At a time w...
07/03/2020

Many thanks to our friends at Humanities New York for awarding The Strong a Humanities New York CARES Grant! At a time when lost revenue related to the pandemic significantly impacts our ability to operate, support like this allows the museum to continue sharing the power of play in our community and beyond.

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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.
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