Membership

An Amazing Family Value!

Membership to The Strong museum offers the most economical way to visit the museum again and again—membership pays for itself in three visits for most families. Join today for a year of FREE museum admission, educational hands-on exhibits, and exciting family fun—it's the best family value anywhere!

Memberships can be purchased at the museum admissions desk or online by clicking the red button below. If purchasing online, you may begin using your membership immediately by printing and bringing your receipt to the admissions desk.

If you purchase general admission and decide to become a member before leaving the museum, 50% of your admission fees may be applied to the cost of a membership—you just need to hand in today’s dated receipt when you join.

Looking for the perfect gift that lasts all year long?
An annual membership to The Strong makes a wonderful gift for friends, grandparents, coworkers—anyone who would enjoy an entire year of family fun! Click the red button below to purchase or renew a gift membership online.

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Membership Levels & Benefits

Family-level memberships cover up to two named adults and up to four children age 17 and younger all residing at the same address.

Grandparent-level memberships cover up to two named grandparents residing at the same address and up to four grandchildren age 17 and younger.

Photo ID is required by both named members at each visit to the museum. Membership may not be shared between households and may not be used for daycare or babysitting services.

 FamilyGrandparentPatron FamilyPatron Grandparent
Annual Fee $119 $119 $160 $160
FREE general museum admission for one year
$1 general admission discount for guests
$1 discount on butterfly garden admission
4 FREE carousel or train rides
10% discount in museum shops
FREE member newsletter and email updates
FREE one-time use guest passes     4 4
FREE one-time use butterfly garden passes     4 4
ACM Reciprocal Network Benefit: 50% off general admission for up to 6 individuals at participating museums    

Additional features

Features expire when the membership expires and need to be renewed annually.

Additional Child ($35)

A basic membership allows up to four children per visit. Use this feature to add an additional resident child or grandchild to your annual membership. Please contact the membership office if you would like to add more than one additional child.

Add-a-Guest ($35)

Bring one guest free-of-charge each time you visit the museum. An adult not named to the membership may also use this feature to bring the member's children to the museum without the named member being present. Membership card must be presented at the time of admission. Limit one add-a-guest per membership and one use per day.

Nanny card ($35)

An extra card can be issued with your nanny or caregiver's name so they can escort your children to the museum. Nanny must be 18 years or older and care for your children only. Limit one nanny card per membership. Nanny must provide photo ID at each visit.

Upper Level Membership

Memberships at the following levels include enhanced benefits and provide additional financial support for the museum.

Benefactor ($250)

All Patron-level beneftis, PLUS:

  • 2 additional general admission guest passes (6 total)
  • 2 additional admissions to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden (6 total)
  • A 25% discount coupon to the museum shops

Sustaining ($500)

All Benefactor-Level benefits, PLUS:

  • Free general admission for up to 2 guests per visit
  • 2 additional admissions to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden (8 total)
  • A private tour for up to 10 people (must be arranged in advance)
  • Invitations to exclusive engagements that include insider tours, special events for families, preview parties, and more

Leading ($1,000)

All Sustaining-Level benefits, PLUS:

  • Free general admission for up to 5 guests per visit
  • 4 additional admissions to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden (12 total)
  • 1 complimentary Family membership to share or donate

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to commonly asked questions on the membership FAQ page. If you need further assistance, contact us at membership@museumofplay.org or call 585-263-2700. The membership office is staffed Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How do I purchase a membership?

There are four easy ways you can purchase or renew a membership:

  • Visit our online membership page;
  • Visit the museum admissions desk (for quicker service, bring your renewal notice or print and fill-out an application before coming to the museum);
  • Call the museum at 585-263-2700 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
  • Or mail your application and payment to:

The Strong
Membership Team
One Manhattan Square
Rochester, NY 14607

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Terms and Conditions

Membership may not be shared by multiple households or used by daycare or babysitting services. Membership is non-refundable and non-transferable. Photo ID and membership cards are required at each museum visit. Fees and benefits are subject to change without notice. Name changes will incur a $5 processing fee along with proof of residency and old membership cards (limit 1). This membership is a revocable license for the member and permitted guests. Parking is available at the museum on a first-come, first-served basis.

Members and permitted guests are subject to the rules and regulations of The Strong. Members and guests assume all risks and dangers of personal injury, property damage, and other hazards incidental or in any way related to the visit, whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to the visit and releases The Strong, its trustees, officers, employees, agents, and affiliates from any and all liability for same arising from the visit. The Strong reserves the right to expel from the premises any person and/or revoke the membership, without refund, of any member where the presence or conduct of the member or guest is deemed objectionable by the The Strong in its sole discretion, or who fails to comply with any and all security measures and applicable laws. The Strong reserves the right to limit articles brought onto the premises, and to limit large bags and similar items. Flash photography is prohibited; and still and video images may not be reproduced for commercial use without written consent from The Strong.