Strong National Museum of Play

Strong National Museum of Play

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, Wegmans Super Kids Market, Sesame Place and Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden 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.



Strong National Museum of Play colorful cubes


Inside the Strong National Museum of Play

Strong Museum of Play Bill Grays Skyliner Diner exterior
Bill Gray’s Skyliner Diner in the Strong National Museum of Play
Strong Museum of Play Big Bird Sesame Street


Strong Museum of Play open spaces
Strong Museum of Play Wegmans


Strong Museum of Play upstairs


Strong Museum of Play Mystery Mansion
Strong Museum of Play Imagination Destination


Strong Museum of Play Wegmans
Strong Museum of Play ground control


Strong Museum of Play Conect Four window

Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden

The butterfly garden has a separate admission fee, and is the only year-round indoor butterfly garden in upstate New York. With a rain-forest environment it’s the perfect retreat from winter! The tickets used to be timed, but now you can enter at any time and stay for as long as you’d like.



Strong National Museum of Play Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden
Strong Museum of Play Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden Rochester skyline
Strong National Museum of Play Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden


Escape winter: Strong Museum of Play Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden landed on wrist
Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden
Strong Museum of Play Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden environment

The Pinball Playfields & Classic Arcade Games

As the girls got older, the amazing collection of video arcade and pinball machines became more of the draw. The Strong 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.



Strong National Museum of Play pinball
Strong National Museum of Play pinball

Outside the Strong National Museum of Play

It’s free to explore Strong Museum’s grounds. Around the entire perimeter, and in the middle of Monroe Ave, there are engaging installations and gardens to enjoy. Make sure to walk across the street to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square!



Strong National Museum of Play legos
Strong National Museum of Play connect four


Strong National Museum of Play front garden
Martin Luther King Jr Park Strong Museum
Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park Manhattan Square children ice skating

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Martin Luther King Jr Park at Manhattan Square
Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park at Manhattan Square


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Strong National Museum of Play front sign

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