The Strong offers behind-the-scenes experiences and unforgettable educational opportunities for lifelong learners amid the museum’s world-class collections, interactive exhibit spaces, and indoor and outdoor gardens. These playful experiences are designed to accommodate a range of interests and physical abilities.
Cost: $15 per person. Tickets are required and may be purchased by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700.
Collector’s Corner: Margaret Woodbury Strong
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about the life and dreams of one of Rochester’s foremost collectors. Who was Margaret Woodbury Strong, and how did her life and collections inspire The Strong museum? A museum archivist introduces you to the museum’s founder through documents, photographs, and other archival materials. Discover how Margaret set the wheels in motion for what would become the world’s largest collection of toys, dolls, board games, video games, and other historic materials related to play at The Strong—the largest museum in the world dedicated to the study and exploration of play.
Duration: 1 hour
Activity level: Easy
Maximum group size: 40
Enjoy a classroom-style talk with a museum entomologist, who will provide fascinating facts and information about butterflies. Then join a guided tour of Upstate New York’s only year-round, indoor butterfly garden. Stroll among lush, tropical foliage and flowers. Encounter hundreds of exotic butterflies from around the world. Participate in a butterfly release when newly emerged butterflies are set free into flight.
Duration: 1 hour
Activity level: Moderate (some walking)
Maximum group size: 30
Margaret’s Closet: Behind-the-Scenes at The Strong
Have you ever wondered how exhibits are created or how artifacts are stored? In the company of a museum curatorial team member, enjoy a rare opportunity to visit a state-of-the-art collection storage facility. View an amazing array of artifacts of play, some seldom seen by the public and others awaiting display in upcoming exhibits. Then stop by the museum’s fabrication area to talk with the people who conceptualize and design The Strong’s spectacular exhibits.
Duration: 90 minutes
Activity level: Moderate (walking, standing)
Maximum group size: 26
The Strong welcomes organized groups of adults for guided museum experiences. To book any of the programs above exclusively for your group, on the day of your choosing, please contact Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700 or fill out the online form.
The Strong welcomes guests of all abilities and is committed to providing quality, accessible experiences. Most areas of The Strong are wheelchair and walker accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.