Access to Collections

Online Access to Collections

Thousands of artifacts from The Strong’s collections are on view in museum exhibits and tens of thousands of objects are accessible through the museum’s online database. These include examples of toys inducted into The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame as well as materials acquired and preserved through The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games.

Also online is the catalog of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, which provides a window in The Strong’s vast collection of books and trade publications.

On-Site Access to Collections

On-site access to the full museum collection is available to scholars, students, collectors, and other researchers by appointment. Appointments may be made via an online form, or by sending an email to cbensch@museumofplay.org for access to toy, doll, and game collections or jpdyson@museumofplay.org for access to video and electronic game collections. Please provide a topic of research, indicate the materials desired, and any special needs.

On-Site Access to the Library and Archives

Scholars, students, collectors, and other researchers are welcome to conduct research on site. To help library and archives staff optimize access to collections, please request an appointment. Appointments may be made via an online form, by phone at 585-410-6349, or by sending an email to library@museumofplay.org. Please provide a topic of research, indicate the materials desired, and any special needs.

Research Fellowships

To promote and advance play scholarship, The Strong invites academic professionals, independent scholars, museum scholars, and advanced graduate students at the Masters or PhD level to apply for research fellowships. Fellowships provide financial support for scholarly play research conducted on site at The Strong in Rochester, New York, for periods of study ranging from one week to three months.