The Strong Museum

The Strong Museum
One Manhattan Square
585-263-2700

Mission

The Strong explores play and the ways in which it encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history

Collecting and Preserving

Strong collects and preserves artifacts and records that illuminate the history of play. The museum owns and cares for hundreds of thousands of objects, books, photographs, documents, and other materials. These enable and support our many educational and interpretive activities and serve students, educators, scholars, collectors, and others who study play.

Educating

Each year the museum provides experiences to more than half a million guests, delivers standards-based school lessons to tens of thousands of school children from hundreds of communities in Western New York and beyond, and extends teacher development opportunities to nearly a thousand pre-service and in-service teachers throughout the region. The museum’s preschool, circulating library, research library and archives, and scholarly publications complement and extend this educational impact.

Serving

Through dozens of community partnerships and numerous outreach programs, the museum is accessible to financially challenged families, children, and other guests with special needs. These programs include Summer SUN (Strong’s Urban Neighborhoods), Passport to Family Fun, Foster Family Admissions, Refugee Family Admissions, and Play Therapy Access for Children with Disabilities. The museum also provides a Pediatric Residency Play Observation Program.


Upcoming Events at The Strong Museum

Women in Games: Create!

Thursday, Oct 3, 2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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Rochester, NY
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Women in Games: Create! Student Symposium

Friday, Oct 4, 2019 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
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Rochester, NY
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Recent News

World Video Game Hall of Fame Announces 2019 Finalists

Which video games will make it into the World Video Game Hall of Fame this May? Will Centipede devour the competition? Can Mortal Kombat fight its way to victory? Will Microsoft Windows Solitaire play its cards correctly? Can Super Mario Kart speed…

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Sensory-Friendly Sunday at The Strong

This winter, The Strong hosts an exclusive event for families with special needs and announces a new challenge to encourage reading. Please see below for details about Sensory-Friendly Sunday and the 20 for 20 Book Challenge.Sensory-Friendly Sunday…

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National Toy Hall of Fame Finalists Announcement on September 12, 2018

This Wednesday September 12, 2018 The Strong will announce the finalists to the 2018 National Toy Hall of Fame. Information about the finalists and links to the press kit will be sent by email and available in the museum’s press room. The…

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The Strong Museum To Host Erie Canal Bicentennial Celebration Events In Partnership With The NYS Canal Corporation

Rochester,New York—The Strong museum announces plans to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal in partnership with the New York State Canal Corporation. The activities include a public forum about the economic impact and future of…

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Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park at The Strong Museum

Embark on an action-packed adventure in a 26-foot-wide endurance zone. Conquer the twisted spider web and scale vertical nets six feet off the ground. Test your balance on log swings and rope bridges and climb from one thrilling area to…

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Playing with Politics Display at The Strong Museum

Cast your ballot and explore the satirical side of campaigning at the new Playing with Politics display opening at The Strong museum. The display includes dozens of rarely seen artifacts from The Strong’s collections of political playthings, such…

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Sci-Fi Summer Fun at The Strong Museum

Embark on exciting adventures during Sci-Fi Summer at The Strong museum. Be delighted by special guests and enjoy themed activities inspired by the new Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit:July 9 & 10: Rochester Ghostbusters. Meet the Rochester…

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Exhibition - Hot Wheels: Race to Win

Put the pedal to the metal at the brand new Hot Wheels: Race to Win exhibit opening at The Strong museum on Saturday, February 6. Explore all that goes into the sport of racing behind-the-scenes—including the design, development, and testing of…

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Permanent Build, Drive, Go Exhibit Opens December 5 at The Strong Museum

Put imagination into motion and zoom, sail, or fly into the original, permanent Build, Drive, Go exhibit opening at The Strong museum. The exhibit invites guests to explore the history of construction toys such as LEGO and Erector Sets, as well as…

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National Toy Hall of Fame Reveals 2013 Inductees

Chess and Rubber Duck-You’re the Ones! One toy stretches our gray matter; the other expands our sense of childhood wonder. The venerable, ancient game of chess joins the splashy toddler bath companion, the rubber duck, as honored toys in the…

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Strong National Museum of Play News - October 14, 2013

See our National Adoption Month photography display this November-and get a delightful preview of The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, and more!National Adoption Month Heart Gallery Display at the National Museum of Play November 2–30, 2013Open…

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Strong National Museum of Play News - October 9, 2013

Here’s the latest news from The Strong: Meet Rubes Cartoons Creator Leigh Rubin During National Toy Hall of Fame Celebrationat the National Museum of PlayNovember 9 & 10 Meet nationally syndicated cartoonist Leigh Rubin, creator…

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Strong National Museum of Play News - August 26, 2013

Here’s the latest news from The Strong:A Magical Evening for Adults at the Museum! The Strong’s Third Annual Play Ball, Friday, Sept. 20: With a wave of a wand, The Strong’s National Museum of Play will be transformed into a…

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Strong National Museum of Play News - August 19, 2013

Last Chance for Two Original Summertime Favorites!Summer’s winding down but the fun’s still in full swing at the National Museum of Play at The Strong! Don’t miss a chance to experience two original summertime favorites-the…

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Summertime Fun At The National Museum Of Play

Boardwalk Arcade Opens at the National Museum of PlayJuly 6 through September 8 Step right up! Celebrate arcade amusements in all their beeping, blipping, vibrant glory at an original, new summertime exhibit opening at the National Museum of…

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Terrific Tots at the National Museum of Play

Buy One, Get One General Museum Admission All Day Long! The National Museum of Play invites parents and kids to shake off those winter blahs and enjoy a special one-day reduced admission on Tuesday, March 26. Enjoy a full day of hands-on fun…

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Puzzlers School-Break Week at the National Museum of Play

Celebrate all things puzzles during Puzzlers School-Break Week at the National Museum of Play at The Strong. Become a piece of puzzle history and tackle a challenge worthy of a master puzzler as you sort through thousands of pieces and help assemble…

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Strong National Museum of Play News - January 11, 2013

Meet Spider-Man (February 9) and Captain America (February 10) During Superheroes Weekend at the National Museum of PlayMarvel Comic’s official superheroes zoom in to meet museum guests and pose for pictures at during Superheroes Weekend February…

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Strong National Museum of Play News - Dec 6, 2012

Vamonos! Dora & Diego—Let’s Explore Exhibit to Close January 6!It’s almost time to say adios to the Dora & Diego—Let’s Explore! exhibit, featuring Dora, Diego, and their friends from the hit preschool series Dora the Explorer and…

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2013 Exhibits Calendar

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Strong National Museum of Play News - November 28, 2012

Two Giant Dollhouses on Display for HolidaysTwo of the museum’s premier dollhouses, adorned with elaborate teeny tiny furnishings and illuminated by working electric lights, will delight guests to the National Museum of Play at The Strong this…

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2012 Toy Induction Ceremony

Please join us Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. when only two lucky winners will be selected from among 12 toy finalists for entry into the prestigious National Toy Hall of Fame. Our newest inductees will be honored with drama, humor, and visual…

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Strong National Museum of Play News - November 5, 2012

Play in the Microsoft Workplace and Group Play for Children with Autism Featured Topics in American Journal of PlayAll work and no play in the office makes for a dull corporate America, according to an interview with Microsoft’s Ross Smith…

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Nutcracker, Dora and More at The Strong!

A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker, Little Red Riding Hood and the National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration—all in the month of November at the National Museum of Play at The Strong!The Nutcracker and Christmas Carol meet Little Red Riding Hood at the…

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Family Halloween Party

Don a spooky or creative costume and come to the National Museum of Play at The Strong® for two Halloween activities: a weekend family party and weekday trick-or-treating especially for preschoolers.All witches, princesses, and comic book heroes…

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Strong National Museum of Play News - September 10, 2012

Balloons Around the WorldSee a gigantic, original balloon sculpture being built at the National Museum of Play at The Strong during Balloons Around the World on Wednesday, October 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Watch local balloon artists Larry Moss and…

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Dora & Diego—Let’s Explore! Opens at the National Museum of Play at The Strong

Swing into an adventure with Dora and Diego from Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!—along with their friends Boots, Map, Backpack, Isa, Tico, and of course Swiper—at the new exhibit Dora &…

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Strong National Museum of Play News - August 16, 2012

The annual IEEE International Games Innovation Conference at The Strong in Rochester, NY is less than a month away (September 7 to 9), but there’s still time to register!  Also, organizers today announced that single tickets for each of the…

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Accolades For Museum Of Play

The National Museum of Play at The Strong has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence for 2012 from TripAdvisor.  According to a letter sent by Christine Peterson, president for Business at TripAdvisor, “The Certificate of Excellence awards…

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