The Strong National Museum of Play has a wealth of interaction for toddlers, school-aged children and adults. Back when my girls were little, One History Place, Post Office, Wegmans Super Kids Market, Sesame Place and Butterflies were the main areas we enjoyed. The Wegmans exhibit is exciting because the kids can “shop” for their own products with carts or baskets, weigh their items, pretend to bake bread and pizza, serve sushi and coffee, and then check out their cart at the registers. It is a great exhibit for parents and children to play together.
As the girls got older, the amazing collection of video arcade and pinball machines became more of the draw. There are local businesses, like pizza and burger joints, who may have a machine or two in their establishment. I can say from experience, more often or not those machines are broken and very often go un-repaired because of the expense of finding an expert who can fix them. The Strong, however, rarely has a machine on the floor that is not in perfect condition, with staff present if a machine goes down, or steals a token. They are happy to reimburse you with a replacement token if it does happen.
From a historical perspective, the Toys Hall of Fame and the immense doll collection of Margaret Woodbury Strong are enough to keep anyone occupied for an entire day. It will transport you back into the fun of your childhood! Collections of GI Joe and Barbie, board games, hand-held games, pinball & arcade games, Tinker Toys, Dollhouses, train sets…Rochester is lucky to host such an overwhelming collection!
Outside in the Garden
Inside before admission
Inside the Strong National Museum of Play
More information about Strong Museum
- Cost: Admission Fee
- Located in the City of Rochester (get directions)
- More information: museumofplay.org/