Imagination Destination

Let your imagination soar! Be an astronaut, rescue pilot, construction worker, actor, and more in The Strong’s original, permanent Imagination Destination exhibit. Role-play in inspiring spaces bursting with physical challenges, such as a rescue helicopter, construction site, rocket ship, and theater.

  • Jump into the captain’s chair and take command of the bridge on the U.S.S. Strong—a futuristic spaceship replete with lights and sounds reminiscent of favorite science-fiction movies.
  • Climb into the cockpit of an emergency helicopter with working controls and set off on a search-and-rescue mission.
  • Crawl through the city sewers to fix pipes and to see live critters and crawlers, including real cockroaches.
  • Gather your tools and help build a house by attaching siding and shingles.
  • Put on a costume in front of a giant mirror. Then deliver an on-stage performance worthy of a Tony Award in the newly renovated theater.
  • Bust a move in the dance studio and practice your footwork while listening to classic, country, and contemporary music.
  • Step through a giant magnifying glass and shrink down to the size of a bug in an area specially designed for toddlers, which includes an oversized honeycomb maze.
  • Climb up and around a rocket ship set among the stars. Work your way through spaces packed with physical play opportunities—including a ropes maze, tube slide, climbing deck, and moon walk area.

Imagination Destination is made possible in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.