National Geographic MAPS School-Break Week

National Museum of Play News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

December 6, 2010

For Immediate Release

Contact: Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Susan Trien, 585-410-6359,

National Geographic MAPS School-Break Week
at the National Museum of Play®

Note to Calendar Editors: Special Holiday Hours                                                                           
The museum closes at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 24 and is closed on December 25.                    
The museum closes at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 31 and reopens at noon on January 1.        
Please see the bottom of this release for new admission fees as of January 1, 2011.


Fly, hike, or sail over to the National Museum of Play at the Strong™ during National Geographic MAPS School-Break Week from Sunday, December 26, 2010, to Sunday, January 2, 2011. Don’t miss this last chance to explore the National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure exhibit, open only through January 9. (Note: The museum will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 31 and reopen at noon on January 1.)

Pilot Amelia Earhart’s plane, trek across the Congo, investigate life on Mars, search for Blackbeard’s ship, and discover the Great Pyramids—all with the help of maps! Interactive displays, artifacts from famous explorations, and dynamic mapping activities invite you to navigate your way through new technologies and ancient mapping techniques.

Among the exhibit’s sections:

On Land: Explore the layers and shafts of the Great Pyramids with world-renowned archaeologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Zahi Hawass. Step into a Congo trek tent or try your hand at tracking elephants and establishing a park for them like wildlife biologist Dr. J. Michael Fay.

In Air: Sit in a cockpit just like celebrated aviator Amelia Earhart. Trace her flight paths across the world on an oversized, interactive map, or try using a sextant to find your location in the world.

In Space: Meet NASA scientist Dr. Nathalie Cabrol and use geologic and topographical maps to navigate a Mars rover via computer.

At Sea: Climb into a Hawaiian canoe and steer towards the North Star like Nainoa Thompson, the first modern-day Polynesian to use way finding for long-distance, open-ocean voyaging. See artifacts from his journeys and learn about clues from nature that Thompson used to navigate the seas. Meet Phil Masters, who found Blackbeard’s ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge. Use a virtual magnetometer to find shipwreck artifacts and treasure buried on the ocean floor and see real artifacts from the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

Explorers Headquarters: Families can work together on their own adventures. Chart your own past, present, and future explorations on Earth on a large world map; dress like an explorer and stand in front of a large-scale National Geographic cover for a group photo; or go on air, land, and sea family adventures using simulated computer games.

The exhibit was created by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in cooperation with the National Geographic Society and made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc., with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.




Museum Hours:

Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.


Admission Fees (through December 31, 2010): General Admission (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): Adults $11; Seniors $10; Children (2–15) $9; Children younger than two free; Strong members free.

(Effective January 1, 2011) Adults $12; Seniors $11; Children (2–15) $10; Children younger than two free; Strong members free.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden (through December 31, 2010): General Admission fee plus $1.50 for members, $3 for nonmembers; Children under 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only. Please call 585-263-2700 to reserve and purchase tickets.

(Effective January 1, 2011) General Admission fee plus $2 for members, $4 for nonmembers; Children under 2 free.

Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.