Strong National Museum of Play
There is so much to see and do at The Strong National Museum of Play. Upstate New York’s largest cultural attraction. All ages will enjoy the hands-on, dynamic, interactive exhibit spaces.
You will find the Strong National Museum of Play located downtown ROC at 1 Manhattan Square Drive Rochester, NY 14607
General Admission: Age 2 and older: $19.00 Under Age 2: Free Members: Free
Admission + Butterfly Garden: Age 2 and older: $24.00 Under Age 2: Free Members: $4
Admission + Skyline Climb: High-Rise: $26 Members: $6 Low-Rise: $24 Members: $4
Adventure Package Includes Admission + Butterfly Garden + Skyline Climb: High-Rise: $31 Low-Rise: $29
Tickets can be purchased online before visiting or/ at the admissions desk upon arrival.
Visit the museum’s website: for further details. You can take a Virtual Tour, download a Museum Map, and get more details on the Exhibits, Collections and Memberships.
All guests age 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Discounts: Active-Duty Military and Veteran Discount: $5.00 (Discount not available online.) College Student Discount: $5.00 (Discount not available online.) Museum Mondays for Seniors: Adults Age 55 and older Admission to the Museum + Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden $13.00 (Order tickets online) ACM Reciprocal Network: 50% General Admission Discount
The Museum is closed: Play Ball (October 21) Thanksgiving Day (The 4th Thursday in November) Christmas Day (December 25) Contact #: (585) 263-2700
Museum Hours: Open Daily: 10:00am-5:00pm Friday: 10:00am-8:00pm
The museum was established in 1969 and is based initially on the personal collection of Rochester native Margaret Woodbury.
The Museum opened to the public in 1982.
The original mission of the Museum was to interpret the social and cultural history of average Americans between 1830-1940.
In the 1990s, the Museum changed the Museum’s mission to collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of play.
It has increased its collections and expanded twice, in 1997 and 2006.
The Museum’s exhibits are immersive and themed for video games, storybooks, television shows, education, nature, history, comic books, carousel and train rides, and children’s lifestyles.
The Museum includes exhibits to explore the worlds of Sesame Street, The Berenstain Bears, Reading Adventureland and the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden.
The Museum received a $700,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop an interactive exhibit space to show the influence of video games on culture; the space is planned to open in 2022.
If you cannot visit the museum there are online exhibits you can explore on the website. There are several YouTube Videos that show visits to The Strong National Museum of Play that you can watch as well.
We hope that you get a chance to explore The Strong National Museum of Play the next time that you visit Rochester, NY. If you are lucky enough to live in the Rochester Area; I am sure you have been. If not be sure to add it to your Bucket List. We would love to hear what you enjoy the most at the Museum.