The museum is closed to the public today, Friday, September 19, in preparation for the Play Ball gala

National Toy Hall of Fame

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Hula hoop

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The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame recognizes toys that have inspired creative play and enjoyed popularity over a sustained period. Each year, The Strong inducts new toy honorees.

The iconic toys of the National Toy Hall of Fame are celebrated in a gallery on the museum’s second floor. Showcasing both new and historic versions of classic toys beloved by generations, the gallery offers guests the opportunity to play and explore as they learn about America's favorite playthings:

  • Dress up a giant Mr. Potato Head.
  • Race a Slinky down a special staircase.
  • Try your hand at play stations featuring iconic toys such as checkers, LEGO bricks, Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, and Atari.
  • Marvel at an elaborate Lionel Train display and spot the iconic toys featured throughout.
  • Swivel your hips with Hula Hoop, and more.

To date, 53 toys have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. The most recent honorees are chess and rubber duck.