The Strong National Museum Of Play

Rochester, NY

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Address: 1 Manhattan Square Dr, Rochester, NY 14607, USA Number: 585-263-2700 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

You know what's cool about The Strong National Museum of Play? Well, not only is it the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play, but it's also one of the LARGEST museums in the entire US!

This fun filled museum is perfect for kids to learn, play, discover and develop, through a range of exhibits (over 100,000 sq ft of exhibit space in fact!)

The museum blends the best features of both history museums and children’s museums, with extensive collections and high interactivity.

Each of the exhibits allow kids to immerse themselves in something new and unique, so no matter what their interests, they will find something just for them!

Kids can save the world in the American Comic Book Heroes exhibit, or actually visit their favorite friends on Sesame Street. The whole family can dive into the past and explore over 300 years of play and pastimes at America at Play, and see how certain games influenced America's cultural history, and even see rare board games from the 1800s!

Those active kids will love to get their groove on in the Just Dance lab, where moving shadow patters help them explore music through the decades, or kids can let those imaginations run wild in Imagination Destination, where they can be anyone they want to be, from a construction worker, to an actor, an astronaut or a pilot!

There are supermarkets to play in, Toys Hall of Fame to bring back memories of some of the greatest toys ever made, to even catching a glimpse of what life was like over 100 years ago in a one room school house, and turn of the century dress up clothing!

There is SO much to do at The Strong National Museum of Play, and since it's the largest museum in the US, we don't doubt that for a second!

Kids, it's PLAY TIME!

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How much does it cost?



$16 ($21 with the Butterfly Garden)



Same as adult



Free for members with ID


Free Under

2 years


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The museum offers matinee pricing on general admission (does not include butterfly garden) from 3pm - 5pm. Monday to Thursday during the school year with some exceptions. Matinee admission is not available on Fridays, weekends, holidays, or during school breaks. Matinee pricing is not available from July 1 through Labor Day and may not be combined with any other discount. Only $11 per person!

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Grab something to eat in the area, there are plenty of nearby places to fill those tummies!

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At The Strong, students and educators alike have fun while learning. Play sharpens minds and boosts creativity, so check out their numerous programs for kids, from field trips, class visits, and age appropriate lessons!

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Give them a call too check about the accessibility of all the exhibits

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When can we go?


10am - 5pm Monday to Thursday, 10am - 8pm Friday & Saturday, and 12pm - 5pm Sunday

Open 362 days a year, closed only the Play Ball gala, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day!

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