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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Congratulations to the Healthi Kids Initiative at Common Ground Health and Play Maker Jenn Beideman on the completion of...
05/06/2021

Congratulations to the Healthi Kids Initiative at Common Ground Health and Play Maker Jenn Beideman on the completion of Play Walk, which connects Roc the Riverway to the emerging Neighborhood of Play! The Strong’s Lisa Feinstein, Mike Streb and Myranda Gillow participated in planning for the project. And thank you to KaBOOM! and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation for supporting play in Rochester. We are thrilled Rochester is home to all things play! Gus approves!

SATURDAY ONLY! Step into the esports and gaming scene with Great Lakes Gaming at the OnCore Esports Invitational, featur...
05/06/2021

SATURDAY ONLY! Step into the esports and gaming scene with Great Lakes Gaming at the OnCore Esports Invitational, featuring PGA Tour 2k.

View and play alongside OnCore partnered celebrities. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Put your skills to the test with games provided by Playerzzone #ROC 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Strong grounds team is getting our outdoor beds ready for the warm seasons ahead! Thanks to a donation of mulch from...
05/05/2021

The Strong grounds team is getting our outdoor beds ready for the warm seasons ahead! Thanks to a donation of mulch from the Zoladz Construction Co., Inc. landscaping will look especially beautiful this season.

05/04/2021

Concentrate and ask again! Then be sure to visit the newly renovated Toy Halls of Fame landing area complete with a 12’ high kinetic Jenga, a larger-than-life Magic 8 Ball, and a giant coloring book mural. The Erector Set crane and Mr. Potato Head are there too!

Did you know Star Wars Action Figures were inducted into The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame in 2012? #maythe4thbewit...
05/04/2021

Did you know Star Wars Action Figures were inducted into The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame in 2012? #maythe4thbewithyou

Looking for a special way to honor the women in your life this Mother’s Day? Celebrate your mom, grandmother, aunt, sist...
05/04/2021

Looking for a special way to honor the women in your life this Mother’s Day? Celebrate your mom, grandmother, aunt, sister, mentor, and more at The Strong’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Have their name inscribed at the entrance to the garden or have butterflies released in their honor! This Mother’s Day pay tribute to the women you cherish most with this unique gift. Visit https://www.museumofplay.org/support/gifts to reserve your inscription today.

Looking for a special way to honor the women in your life this Mother’s Day? Celebrate your mom, grandmother, aunt, sister, mentor, and more at The Strong’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Have their name inscribed at the entrance to the garden or have butterflies released in their honor! This Mother’s Day pay tribute to the women you cherish most with this unique gift. Visit https://www.museumofplay.org/support/gifts to reserve your inscription today.

Which games will be inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame this Thursday, May 6?! Tune in here on Facebook at 1...
05/03/2021

Which games will be inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame this Thursday, May 6?! Tune in here on Facebook at 10 a.m. EST.

Which games will be inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame this Thursday, May 6?! Tune in here on Facebook at 10 a.m. EST.

Join us May 8 & 9 to celebrate the World Video Game Hall of Fame! Enjoy meet and greets with favorite characters, make c...
05/03/2021

Join us May 8 & 9 to celebrate the World Video Game Hall of Fame! Enjoy meet and greets with favorite characters, make crafts, and try your hand at The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon themed activities. (Character pictured here on Sunday only) Photo courtesy of Emmy Smith.

Join us May 8 & 9 to celebrate the World Video Game Hall of Fame! Enjoy meet and greets with favorite characters, make crafts, and try your hand at The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon themed activities. (Character pictured here on Sunday only) Photo courtesy of Emmy Smith.

We were honored to tour Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul and her team at the museum today and show her all of the new exciting ...
05/03/2021

We were honored to tour Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul and her team at the museum today and show her all of the new exciting plans for the museum’s expansion! Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul

This Arbor Day, The Strong is proud to have three new trees on grounds: a Japanese Maple, a Kousa Dogwood and a Royal Ra...
04/30/2021

This Arbor Day, The Strong is proud to have three new trees on grounds: a Japanese Maple, a Kousa Dogwood and a Royal Raindrops Crabapple. Our heartfelt thanks to the Mary Valentine and Andrew R. Cosman Trusts for these beautiful new additions to The Strong! #arborday

This Arbor Day, The Strong is proud to have three new trees on grounds: a Japanese Maple, a Kousa Dogwood and a Royal Raindrops Crabapple. Our heartfelt thanks to the Mary Valentine and Andrew R. Cosman Trusts for these beautiful new additions to The Strong! #arborday

PLAY never stops and we will continue to do our part for you and your family, so you can play safe!
04/29/2021

PLAY never stops and we will continue to do our part for you and your family, so you can play safe!

PLAY never stops and we will continue to do our part for you and your family, so you can play safe!

Looking for a special way to honor the women in your life this Mother’s Day? Celebrate your mom, grandmother, aunt, sist...
04/29/2021

Looking for a special way to honor the women in your life this Mother’s Day? Celebrate your mom, grandmother, aunt, sister, mentor, and more at The Strong’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Have their name inscribed at the entrance to the garden or have butterflies released in their honor! This Mother’s Day pay tribute to the women you cherish most with this unique gift. Visit https://www.museumofplay.org/support/gifts to reserve your inscription today.

Looking for a special way to honor the women in your life this Mother’s Day? Celebrate your mom, grandmother, aunt, sister, mentor, and more at The Strong’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Have their name inscribed at the entrance to the garden or have butterflies released in their honor! This Mother’s Day pay tribute to the women you cherish most with this unique gift. Visit https://www.museumofplay.org/support/gifts to reserve your inscription today.

04/28/2021
SELF

In 2019, The Strong, Arc of Monroe, AutismUp, and Monroe One BOCES partnered to create the SELF (Strong Employment and Life Foundations) program. We are proud to offer these internships which teach employment skills to individuals on the autism spectrum.

#autismawareness

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda during the World Video Game Hall of Fame celebration! Meet Zelda (...
04/27/2021

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda during the World Video Game Hall of Fame celebration! Meet Zelda (version pictured here) on Saturday, May 8. Photo courtesy of Eidetic Photography.

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda during the World Video Game Hall of Fame celebration! Meet Zelda (version pictured here) on Saturday, May 8. Photo courtesy of Eidetic Photography.

This Saturday celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with special presentations by Children's Learning and Disc...
04/27/2021
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This Saturday celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with special presentations by Children's Learning and Discovery of Rochester (ChildROC), including Chinese calligraphy demonstrations, performances with traditional Chinese instruments, bilingual Chinese and English storytimes, and demonstrations of Chinese folk dance. https://www.museumofplay.org/calendar/2021/5/1

Escape the winter cold and enjoy a tropical-themed setting, including music and decorations, in The Strong’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden, home to hundreds of free flying butterflies and tropical plants.

New interactive features are almost complete in the Toy Halls of Fame gallery!
04/23/2021

New interactive features are almost complete in the Toy Halls of Fame gallery!

New interactive features are almost complete in the Toy Halls of Fame gallery!

We are grateful to all that came out today to support this exciting next step for Rochester!
04/21/2021

We are grateful to all that came out today to support this exciting next step for Rochester!

The transformation of downtown Rochester and The Strong museum is moving forward in big ways! Today, the museum broke gr...
04/21/2021

The transformation of downtown Rochester and The Strong museum is moving forward in big ways! Today, the museum broke ground on the second phase of its major expansion (to be completed Summer 2023) that includes a new welcome atrium, immersive video game exhibits, and an outdoor play space. Thank you to all the elected officials, museum donors, trustees, and special guests that helped us celebrate this important moment!

Learn more about The Strong’s expansion at museumofplay.org/expansion-campaign.

The transformation of downtown Rochester and The Strong museum is moving forward in big ways! Today, the museum broke ground on the second phase of its major expansion (to be completed Summer 2023) that includes a new welcome atrium, immersive video game exhibits, and an outdoor play space. Thank you to all the elected officials, museum donors, trustees, and special guests that helped us celebrate this important moment!

Learn more about The Strong’s expansion at museumofplay.org/expansion-campaign.

How much have you grown since your last visit to The Strong? Find out at the GUND Teddy Bear Check Up in Play Pals! Our ...
04/20/2021

How much have you grown since your last visit to The Strong? Find out at the GUND Teddy Bear Check Up in Play Pals!

Our friends Fidelis Care remind you to be sure to get your pediatric well check-up this year too!

How much have you grown since your last visit to The Strong? Find out at the GUND Teddy Bear Check Up in Play Pals!

Our friends Fidelis Care remind you to be sure to get your pediatric well check-up this year too!

Take a seat and create your paper airplanes! Test your flying skills in our Take Flight exhibit.
04/19/2021

Take a seat and create your paper airplanes! Test your flying skills in our Take Flight exhibit.

Take a seat and create your paper airplanes! Test your flying skills in our Take Flight exhibit.

Sensory Friendly Sunday returns to The Strong on April 25. Enjoy the museum during exclusive hours designed for children...
04/18/2021

Sensory Friendly Sunday returns to The Strong on April 25. Enjoy the museum during exclusive hours designed for children with special sensory, developmental, or physical needs. Learn more at https://www.museumofplay.org/calendar/sensory-friendly-sunday

Sensory Friendly Sunday returns to The Strong on April 25. Enjoy the museum during exclusive hours designed for children with special sensory, developmental, or physical needs. Learn more at https://www.museumofplay.org/calendar/sensory-friendly-sunday

Will you support us? The Strong has been nominated for USA Today’s 2021 10Best Readers' Choice travel awards! Fans can v...
04/18/2021

Will you support us? The Strong has been nominated for USA Today’s 2021 10Best Readers' Choice travel awards! Fans can vote once a day for the candidate of their choice at https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-childrens-museum-2021/. Voting ends May 10.

Will you support us? The Strong has been nominated for USA Today’s 2021 10Best Readers' Choice travel awards! Fans can vote once a day for the candidate of their choice at https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-childrens-museum-2021/. Voting ends May 10.

To celebrate the upcoming World Video Game Hall of Fame induction ceremony on May 6, join The Strong for virtual trivia ...
04/13/2021

To celebrate the upcoming World Video Game Hall of Fame induction ceremony on May 6, join The Strong for virtual trivia night!

Participants will be asked questions related to games previously inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

https://www.museumofplay.org/calendar/virtual-trivia-night

To celebrate the upcoming World Video Game Hall of Fame induction ceremony on May 6, join The Strong for virtual trivia night!

Participants will be asked questions related to games previously inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

https://www.museumofplay.org/calendar/virtual-trivia-night

Calling all fairies, gnomes, and trolls for day of mischievous merriment. Get a sprinkle of pixie dust from a popular fa...
04/13/2021

Calling all fairies, gnomes, and trolls for day of mischievous merriment. Get a sprinkle of pixie dust from a popular fairy, search for hidden gnomes, and craft houses for our tiny friends. Saturday & Sunday, April 17 & 18 only! See website for details. https://www.museumofplay.org/calendar/2021/4/17

Calling all fairies, gnomes, and trolls for day of mischievous merriment. Get a sprinkle of pixie dust from a popular fairy, search for hidden gnomes, and craft houses for our tiny friends. Saturday & Sunday, April 17 & 18 only! See website for details. https://www.museumofplay.org/calendar/2021/4/17

04/12/2021

Let’s help everyone have fun! The Strong encourages learning, creativity, and discovery through play in a safe and inclusive environment.

#DeafHistoryMonth

*Video was produced before COVID.

Our Unicorn friends at The Strong wanted to wish you all a very happy #NationalUnicornDay 🦄
04/09/2021

Our Unicorn friends at The Strong wanted to wish you all a very happy #NationalUnicornDay 🦄

Our Unicorn friends at The Strong wanted to wish you all a very happy #NationalUnicornDay 🦄

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Respectfully- I discovered an error in your Star Wars action figure virtual collection. Item 105.583 is listed as "Greedo." It is instead, "Prince Xizor" from the SW 'Shadows of the Empire' video game. I guess I am a bigger Star Wars geek than I thought! ;)
Does The Strong Museum have any free giveaways like t-shirts?
Was wondering if anyone has 1 adult ticket for today?
Rob Gushue we should bring Sterling here some Saturday 🥺 it’s in Rochester, I’ll drive. It would be a ton of nostalgia for us, and he would have a blast.
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?