Updated: May 10, 2018
The Strong® Museum
Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns (June 9–September 3)
Back by popular demand, explore the ways that science fiction books, toys, movies, and video games have captured people’s imaginations and shaped the way they play. Travel to distant futures and faraway galaxies to explore key sci-fi themes in zones that couple artifacts from The Strong’s collections with dynamic, hands-on activities. Produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games in partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology. Presented in the Fidelis Care Gallery at The Strong.
Jigsaw Puzzles: Putting it All Together (June 23–October 12)
Explore the evolution of jigsaw puzzles and learn how they have been made through the years. See dozens of puzzle examples, including one of the first puzzles ever made, wooden puzzles form the 18th and 19th century, and modern examples featuring pop-culture icons. Produced by The Strong.
Be the Astronaut (September 15, 2018–January 7, 2019)
Experience the wonders of space. Join a crew of virtual experts to learn about spaceflight, head out on missions in a recreated NASA lander and rover, and track your mission progress. Fly across the translunar gulf in a virtual spaceship command module and orbit the moon. Driver a rover on Mars' western canyon, refuel your engine in the Astroid Belt, discover the vast distances in space, and more. Produced by Eureka Exhibits. Presented in the Fidelis Care Gallery at The Strong.
About The Strong
The Strong is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play.
Known widely as the nation’s museum of play, The Strong blends the best features of both history museums (extensive collections) and children’s museums (high interactivity) to explore the ways in which play encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history.
Facts about The Strong:
- Holds the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of toys, dolls, games, electronic games, and other historical materials related to play—more than 480,000 items
- Is the largest cultural attraction in all of Western New York
- Occupies a 285,000-square-foot facility on 13.5 acres
- Provides more than 100,000 square-feet of dynamic, hands-on exhibits and displays of artifacts of play
- Is home to upstate New York’s only year-round, indoor butterfly garden
- Named the number one family travel destination in the nation by FamilyFun magazine readers
For more information about the museum, please visit museumofplay.org. Public programs underwritten in part by Delta Air Lines, the official airline of The Strong.
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. The Strong museum is open 362 days a year. The museum is closed on October 26 (Play Ball Gala), November 22 (Thanksgiving Day), and December 25 (Christmas Day). The museum will close at 4 p.m. on July 4, December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 31 (New Years Eve). The museum will open at noon on January 1 (New Years Day).
Admission Fees: (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden): age 2 and older $15, under age 2 free, members free. Fees subject to change.
Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $4 for members, $5 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Fees subject to change.
Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis during regular museum hours. 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.