Strong National Museum of Play

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1 Manhattan Square Dr, Rochester, NY 14607 [Directions]
Hours (as of August 2009)
Monday – Thursday: 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Sunday: Noon to 5:00PM
(Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days)
585 263 2700
[wikipedia]Wikipedia Article

The National Museum of Play located in Rochester and part of The Strong, documents the history of play in American culture and provides an exciting, hand-on, welcoming pace to play, learn, and dream; a place to pretend, wonder, and explore, a place to discover the past and imagine the future; and a place to rekindle memories and make new ones.1

"Established in 1969 and based initially on the personal collection of Margaret Woodbury Strong, the museum opened to the public in 1982. Since then it has refined and increased its collections, which number more than 500,000 items, and expanded twice, in 1997 and 2006. The museum is part of The Strong which is also home to the National Toy Hall of Fame, the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, and the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play and produces the American Journal of Play.

Known originally as the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum and later simply as the Strong Museum, it became the Strong National Museum of Play in 2006, after completing renovations and an expansion that nearly doubled its size to 282,000 square feet. It became the National Museum of Play in 2010. It is the only collections-based museum anywhere devoted solely to the study of play.2"

Membership to the museum provides free admission for a year and access to a number of affiliated museums around the northeast.

See also information about the associated International Center for the History of Electronic Games.

Major Attraction for Kids

Although at its heart it is a history museum, the National Museum of Play is a well-developed children’s museum, making it the second largest museum of that type in the United States. The museum includes exhibits that interpret the key elements of play, as well as allowing kids to explore the worlds of [WWW]Sesame Street, the [WWW]Berenstain Bears, Reading Adventureland, and the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden The museum is home to the Rainbow Reef salt water aquarium. The final stop before leaving is usually the Elaine Wilson Carousel, built by [wikipedia]Allan-Herschel Company of Tonawanda, NY in 1918.

Current Exhibits

* Play Lab
* Skyline Climb
* Toy Halls of Fame
* Material Girl
* Millennial Madness: The Toys That Shaped a Generation
* Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden
* Wegmans Super Kids Market
* Reading Adventureland
* Play Pals
* Pinball Playfields
* Peanuts and Play Display
* One History Place
* Imagination Destination
* Game Time!
* Field of Play
* eGameRevolution
* DanceLab
* Elaine Wilson Carousel
* Strong Express Train
* Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?
* Build, Drive, Go
* The Berenstain Bears: Down a Sunny Dirt Road
* Aquariums at Rainbow Reef
* American Comic Book Heroes
* America at Play
* Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences
* Raceway Arcade
* ESL Digital Worlds: Level Up
* ESL Digital Worlds: High Score
* Hasbro Board Game Place
* Re-Play: 50 Years of Hip-Hop Fun
* Play Happened Here
* Pixel Landing
* Age of Empires
* Hasbro Game Park
* 100 Years of Madame Alexander
* Black Dolls
* Barbie: You Can Be Anything Experience
* Console Central
* War Toys: Ukraine

Dining and Shopping

* Food Court
* Puppy's Game Café
* Bill Gray's Skyliner Diner
* Playhouse Museum Shop


[WWW]See Flat Stanley's Visit in March 2009 - Flickr photo album by BradMandell.

The Strong National Museum of Play Wiki

The Strong National Museum of Play Wiki is a wiki on Fandom. It has over 200 pages. It is a large wiki what looks like Sheraton Niagara Falls, but it has a purple color to it. To see more of the website, see [WWW]

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2013-01-13 09:38:12   Love it, the kids have a great time there. Great even for toddlers that are between crawling and walking. —lan99