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“Loved it. Worth the 6 hour drive. Would go again.”

The Strong National Museum of Play
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Ranked #1 of 149 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Strong is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It is one of the largest history museums in the United States and one of the leading museums serving families. The Strong houses the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play and is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, 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. Together, these enable a multifaceted array of research, exhibition, and other interpretive and educational activities that serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed 27 July 2011

This was a great museum for our 3 and and 6 year old children. The youngest loved sesame place and story time / dress up area. The older loved the super hero area, dress up, and video game exhibits (is pong really 40 year's old?). We had to drag them out after a long day. Other children's museums pale in comparison.

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Reviewed 27 July 2011

I have taken out-of-town guests with children to The Strong National Museum of Play for years -- ever since it opened. Children and parents alike walk away delighted with the variety of exhibits.

Other TA reviewers have done an excellent job describing the experience. What I would like to add is IT IS NOT JUST FOR KIDS!

An extremely well-traveled college friend visited earlier this year. While giving her options on the sights of Rochester, I casually mentioned the Museum of Play. Not surprisingly, she jumped at the opportunity. So the three of us, all in our mid-late thirties, went.

We had a most enjoyable time!

While there are some exhibits that are more suitable for kids, there are many for those young at heart. Who would not want to videotape themselves talking to their childhood heroes like Kermitt on a green screen? We had a great time dancing in the disco area. The butterfly exhibit was spectacular. And although we did get some odd glances, the kid-sized Wegmans was also loads of fun!

They have several food options, which made for a quick and cheap lunch.

It was an entertaining and cost-effective way to beat the sweltering heat of a Rochester summer. I highly recommend this museum for adults. Tap into your inner child and release your imagination. It will relieve some stress and may help you gain new perspectives! You never know...

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Reviewed 13 July 2011

We went to this museum with our just under 2 1/2 year old son as well as our 10 month old daughter. Our son love this place. We got there around 10am and stayed until almost 3pm. We could have spent even more time there except he was way overtired since he hadn't napped. The museum is full of interactive exhibits that are sure to keep your little one entertained. We don't have older kids but we noticed that in most areas there were video game systems or some sort of activity to occupy the kids that were a little older. We had lunch there although there isn't much of a selection for lunch (Pizza hut, Subway, Taco Bell). I think next time we might pack a lunch in the car or leave for a quick lunch then come back.

We stayed overnight at the Holiday Inn Marketplace which was just under a 10 minute drive to the museum. It had a nice Indoor pool and the rates were more reasonable than the hotels with a mile of the museum. We got a package that included a buffet breakfast as well as the passes to the museum.

I highly recommend this museum to any family looking for a little vacation with kids. I think it is ideal for kids 18 months to 6 or 7 years old.

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Reviewed 10 July 2011

We were visiting from Chicago with our three kids (7,6,3). We're members at Chicago's Children's Museum and thought that the Strong was much better. For starters there is simply much more space...maybe 3 or 4 times bigger than Chicago's which made it feel more relaxing for us. And the exhibits and displays were great. Our kids probably spent 45 minutes alone at the grocery store buying food and using the scanner and printing real receipts...kudos to Wegmans for such a great display. The diner was a bit overpriced and the food quality wasn't anything special, but that was a minor quibble with an otherwise great museum.

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Reviewed 30 June 2011

The Strong is a fun family friendly day. Be sure though to put you and your family in the right situation for success. For instance, be sure that your little one is well rested, or that you are showing up just after nap time. I saw two families heading in today with kids that were in desperate need of a nap, which inevitably leads to tantrums being aired out for everyone to see. The exhibits are definitely for those under the age of ten. Any older and your kids will be bored. The excitement of your child eyes lighting up when they see a carousel, train, or sesame street makes this place worth every penny. Not to mention, it is really reasonably priced for entrance fees. (12 bucks for adults). Naturally with any museum a bit of updating is needed, like the Elmo part of the museum where you can get a VHS tape and record yourself with Elmo. This should be updated to a minimum of DVD if not Blu-ray technology as the VHS tape is all but done. Conveniently located in downtown Rochester I highly recOmmend The Strong for those with young families.

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