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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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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 15 August 2012

Our family enjoyed half of a day roaming, exploring, learning and playing together in ways we never imagined. The thrill of discovery, so much a part of childhood, was rekindled as we moved through each section of the museum.

Yes, it is noisy and it can feel crowded in sections, but, taking it for what it is, you could not expect anything else. Part of the feel of the place stems from the energy and excitement swirling around you as children see favorite characters, climb, slide and romp in padded safety.

I wish we had a museum like this where we live...

Thank jesorrell2
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

Whenever we go to visit family in upstate NY, we always try to make a trip to this museum. Every single time we go we find something new to explore. I can't imagine even when my children get older that they would be bored. At 8 and 10 this museum is a huge hit and perfect for a cold or rainy day.

Thank Lori R
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

We were here a full 7 hours- exhaused from the day, but the kids didn't want to leave! We live in Pennsylvania and come one day each summer. It's amazing how much my 4 year old remembered from the year before. My 11 year old had just as much fun. AND I discovered Frogger in the arcade and became a Frogger addict while they played dodgeball. OMGosh- so much fun!!! Bill Gray's Restarant was awesome- burgers anyway you want it! If you have different age kids, you may want an adult for each one, because sometimes they want to go in different directions!

Thank Cathi C
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

We spent a nice half-day of our week-long vacation trip at NMOP with our two grand-daughters, age 11 and 12. These girls are great fans of science museums (the family has a membership in the Boston Museum of Science) and on our trip we were visiting one almost every day. When I read about what the NMOP had to offer I was afraid that things like the Sesame Street set would be too young for our girls. However, they straightened me out about that: to them, Sesame Street brought back memories of their very early childhood, when Mommy would carry them downstairs and settle them in front of the TV to watch the show. To them, Sesame Street would be a wonderful trip down Memory Lane.
The museum lived up that promise, and topped it a thousand-fold. (At the end of the trip, this museum go their award as the Best Place We Went.) Unlike the science museums, the NMOP offers the kids activities that are pure fun; there is no detectable "teaching component". At a level over the kids' heads, however, the mission of the Strong as a research institution is deconstructing the concept of play, the way an anthropologist would. From a kid's perspective, of course, that is completely transparent, and the experience is just a hundred ways of having fun and being creative. We will be going back again any time we are in the Rochester area and have a kid handy (as our excuse for going.)

Thank ZedOConnell
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

We took our grandson, and he had a wonderful time! So much to do, very educational, as well as fun! We bought annual memberships this year for our three kids and their families!

Thank gomim
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