Media Calendar

Updated: November 10, 2017

 

The Strong® Museum
Exhibits and Events Calendar 
November 2017 Through March 2018

Short-Term Exhibits

Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer (Through January 1, 2018)
Transport to the underground home of the beloved crime-fighting heroes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Discover the power of team work with brothers Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello through collaborative games and mind-teasing puzzles. Assemble electrical circuit puzzles, navigate a rope maze, practice ninja speed and dexterity with computer games, and more! Produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Nickelodeon. 

Upcoming Exhibits

Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails (January 20–May 6, 2018)
Meet favorite steam engines Thomas, Percy, and Gordon; explore the unique landscape of Sodor; and help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of math and science-based challenges. Dress up as a conductor, guide a train around a steep curve, use rods and wrenches to fix Percy’s wobbly wheels, and more. © 2014 Gullane (Thomas) Limited. Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails! was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum, presented by Fisher-Price and sponsored by 3M.

Long-Term Exhibits

Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Learn about luminaries of the video game industry and explore their award-winning creations at the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) exhibit, which recognizes outstanding achievements for interactive entertainment and showcases recipients of both the Academy’s D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Awards and its Special Awards. Scroll through an interactive, touch-screen timeline to learn about D.I.C.E. award recipients across multiple categories, including computer and console game of the year. Produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games in partnership with the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.

America at Play Dive into the past and explore more than 300 years of play and pastimes. Discover hundreds of toys—both past and present—to see how play in America has changed and has stayed the same. View rare artifacts and national treasures from The Strong’s world-renowned collections, including the first, handmade Monopoly set by Charles Darrow, who popularized the game. Trace the impact of World War II on toys and see a Buddy L wrecker truck made entirely out of wood. Play a three-person toy trivia game, test your memory with a touch-screen concentration game, and enjoy books about toys and play. Produced by The Strong.

American Comic Book Heroes: The Battle of Good vs. Evil Meet Superman, Iron Man, Batman, and other comic book heroes in an exhibit that explores the history of superhero comic books in America. Climb up the side of a “building,” test your skills at Super Powers School, “fly” through the air like a superhero, and more. Kids will enjoy superhero dress up and role-play. Produced by The Strong.

The Berenstain Bears®: Down a Sunny Dirt Road An original exhibit straight from the pages of the beloved books. Step into the playful world of the Berenstain Bears including Main Street, Farmer Ben’s Farm, and Brother and Sister Bear’s Club Houses. Mama’s Quilt Shop, and Papa’s Workshop. Produced by The Strong in partnership with the Berenstain Family.

Build, Drive, Go Explore vehicles of all sorts, from trucks and trains to planes and boats. Design a race track, build skyscrapers with LEGO bricks, play I-Spy with dollhouses, work at a construction site using Tonka trucks, and more. View vehicle- and building-related artifacts from The Strong’s collections, including a 1865 tinplate train from George Brown; a 1869 tinplate clockwork boat from Ives, Blakeslee & Co.; and an Ellis, Britton & Eaton log cabin play house from 1870 (a precursor to Lincoln Logs). Produced by The Strong.

Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street? Step onto Sesame Street and go hands-on with activities you see on television. Enter Elmo’s crayon-colored television world, experience the famous brownstone facade of 123 Sesame Street, see yourself on television with the Muppets, “drive” around Sesame Street in a big yellow taxicab, sell movie tickets at the Circle in the Square Cinema ticket booth, and more. Produced by The Strong in collaboration with Sesame Workshop.

Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden® Enjoy tropical weather year-round when you visit this glass-enclosed butterfly garden filled with live foliage, a cascading waterfall, turtles, birds, a chameleon, and other wildlife, and hundreds of colorful North American and tropical butterflies. (Additional admission charge of $5 for the butterfly garden for nonmembers and $4 for members. Prices subject to change.)

eGameRevolution® Play your way through the history of video games from pioneer Ralph Baer’s first Brown Box game to today’s high-tech Xbox 360. Enter a recreated, old-fashioned video arcade featuring more than two dozen operating historic video games, or visit one of several emulator stations around the gallery and challenge yourself to more than 40 classic and contemporary PC and console games. Play rare game such as Giant Tetris—the only machine of its kind available for play in all of North America—or gobble up opponents on Pac-Man Battle Royale, the first four-player Pac-Man game. Join in dodge ball and other games on an LED Lightspace floor. Young children will especially enjoy creating artwork with oversized pegs on a gigantic Lite Brite-like pixel wall. See a display honoring the inductees to The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame®. Produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games.

Field of Play Discover the power of play in human learning and development at a multimedia theater presentation. Then unleash your playful side: walk through a giant kaleidoscope and create and view your own kaleidoscope patterns, use pulleys to power balls through a gigantic overhead ball machine, “drive” a drag racer, lose all perspective in the exaggerated perspective room, climb a rock wall, create music using kinetic sand in the Jellyfish Jungle, and so much more. Produced by The Strong.

Game Time! Move like a piece on a giant game board through three centuries of American games, puzzles, and public amusements at Game Time! Check out oversized versions of Connect Four, Rush Hour, and Battleship; and a flashing, electronic, big-screen toy bingo. Challenge yourself to a gaggle of games including Jenga, air hockey, dome hockey, paper football, word search games, tangrams, puzzles, and dominoes. Trace the history of board, card, and role-playing games through a multimedia timeline showcasing historic artifacts, photographs, advertisements, and videos. Produced by The Strong.

One History Place Amid original artifacts and reproductions, children explore mini-environments and get a taste of life as it was a century ago. Role-play as a teacher or student in a 19th-century, one-room schoolhouse; delight in a game of “dress up” with turn-of-the-century clothes; “pump” water in the kitchen; and explore the steam engine compartment and coal shoot on the mail train. Produced by The Strong. 

Pinball Playfields Play your way through more than 80 years of pinball history and trace the evolution of the pinball playfield—the surface where the ball ricochets through a maze of lights and obstacles to rack up points—from countertop games of the 1930s to the sophisticated electronic versions that remain popular today. View other unique artifacts, including playfield prototypes, original sketches by pinball-machine designers, and more from The Strong’s collections. Play some of Stern Pinball’s most exciting recent games, including one of only 250 produced X-Men Magneto: Limited Edition (2012), Wrestlemania (2015), Kiss (2015), and the brand-new fantasy-filled Game of Thrones: Limited Edition (2015), part of the Stern Pinball Cluster. Produced by The Strong and sponsored in part by Stern Pinball, Inc.

Play Pals Play house, heal a teddy bear, and save the world. Step into a life-size dollhouse; test the vital signs of your favorite stuffed animals in the GUND Teddy Bear Check-Up area; steady your hand and test your reflexes with a teddy bear operation game; and create stories at the action adventure table with toy soldiers, superhero action figures, and ferocious dinosaurs. View unique artifacts from The Strong’s collections including an early G.I. Joe prototype, a 1930s velvet Mickey Mouse stuffed animal, and others. Produced by The Strong. The GUND Teddy Bear Check-Up area is generously sponsored by GUND®. Newborn Nursery baby dolls and clothing courtesy of the Madame Alexander Doll Company.

Rainbow Reef aquarium A 1,700-gallon coral reef tank displays a dazzling array of brilliantly colored fish, corals, anemones, shrimp, crabs, and other invertebrates. Come face-to-face with living creatures of the reef and observe their fascinating behaviors and marvelous survival adaptations. Additional aquarium tanks feature salt and fresh water fish environments.

Reading Adventureland Step into a life-sized pop-up book and follow the Yellow Brick Road into five literary landscapes from children’s books: Adventure Island (explore a pirate shipwreck, scale a cliff, and crawl through cave tunnels); Mystery Mansion (discover what lies behind the secret bookcase, decipher secret codes, and scour for clues like Nancy Drew or Encyclopedia Brown); Fairy Tale Forest (cross the Troll Bridge, step into Cinderella’s pumpkin coach, visit the Fairy Tale Cottage, climb a Beanstalk to the Giant’s Castle, and sit at King Arthur’s Round Table); the Upside-Down Nonsense House (a topsy-turvy house filled with ridiculous rhymes, silly food—green eggs and ham anyone?—tongue twisters, and mirror illusions); and the Wizard’s Workshop (mix up a magic potion and make a wand, wizard hat, or playful puppet). Produced by The Strong.

Wegmans Super Kids Market In this exhibit kids run the store. Cruise the aisles and fill your cart with a selection of colorful produce that looks so real, you can almost taste it. Check out the kid-sized Market Café—complete with organic foods, prepared foods, a coffee bar, and sushi bar. A special themed toddler area features a miniature organic farm; and deli, meat, seafood, and bakery departments are filled with highly interactive stations for dramatic role-playing. Make a “brick oven” pizza, run the bakery, scan bar-coded products at six working check-out counters, and much more! Nearby, kids produce their own commercials and cooking shows in the WKID-TV station. Produced by The Strong in collaboration with Wegmans Food Markets.

Toy Halls of Fame Climb the exhibit staircase and view a gallery of 21 portraits of classic toys, some that move and interact with guests in humorous ways and marvel at a digital Jack-in-the-Box that displays animated favorite toy characters. Step up to a 20-foot bubble tower and create virtual bubbles that can be moved and popped by motion-capture technology; orchestrate a dazzling music and light show with the Crayon Piano; and pose in front of an oversized Etch A Sketch for a virtual portrait that can be shared with friends and family. Use Kinect motion control to play with classic toys and Crayon easels in a 24-foot virtual play room. Marvel at a 20-foot-tall kinetic toy sculpture made up of building blocks, balls, a toy car race track, and more. Learn about inductees to The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame and toy industry luminaries recognized by the Toy Association’s Toy Industry Hall of Fame. The Toy Halls of Fame exhibit is produced by The Strong in cooperation with the Toy Association. This project is supported by New York State's Empire State Development and the I ♥ NY Division of Tourism under Governor Andrew Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Council Initiative. Additional grant funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sponsored by Neil B. Friedman, Funrise Toy Corporation, Hasbro Children’s Fund, Inc., The Hassenfeld Foundation, LeapFrog Enterprises Inc., Tom & Karen Kalinske, LEGO Systems Inc., Mattel Children’s Foundation, Pressman Toy Corporation, Radio Flyer Inc., and Toys“R”Us, Inc.

DAILY EVENTS
November 2017 through March 2018

November 2017

6, 13, 20 & 27

Mondays—Storytime Club. Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Giving Thanks. Delight in heartwarming tales about being thankful and showing gratitude. Included with general museum admission fees.

9

Thursday— National Toy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Be part of the excitement when the 2017 National Toy Hall of Fame inductees are revealed at 10:30 a.m. in a public ceremony. Included with general museum admission fees.

10

Friday—Get Ready for The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol. Storytelling, dance, and theater presented in conjunction with upcoming performances of The Nutcracker, featuring members of the Rochester City Ballet, and A Christmas Carol, featuring actors from Geva Theatre Center. Included with general museum admission fees.

11 & 12

Saturday & Sunday— National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration Weekend. Honor the newly inducted toys to the National Toy Hall of Fame and revel in a weekend of activities featuring past inductees. Meet speedcuber Anthony Brooks, and watch as he uses lightning-fast speed to solve Rubik’s Cube puzzles. Celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Radio Flyer, explore the Radio Flyer Play Zone, and enjoy a screening of the short film Taking Flight. Help assemble a giant LEGO block Star Wars-themed display. Included with general museum admission fees.

13, 20 & 27

Mondays—Museum Mondays for Seniors. Meet history’s playful side at The Strong from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This three-hour experience includes general museum admission plus 20 minutes in the museum’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700. Photo ID is required at the time of the visit. Sponsored by MVP Health Care.

13

Monday—Storytime Club. (See November 6 listing.)

18 & 19

Saturday & Sunday—In Another Galaxy Weekend. Come dressed as your favorite science fiction character and meet members of the 501st Legion (Vader’s Fist) and the Rebel Legion. Pose for pictures in the dress-up area, make crafts, and play sci-fi arcade games. Included with general museum admission fees.

20

Monday—Storytime Club. (See November 6 listing.)

20

Monday—Museum Mondays for Seniors. (See November 13 listing.)

23

Thursday—Museum Closed. Museum is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

27

Monday—Storytime Club. (See November 6 listing.)

27

Monday—Museum Mondays for Seniors. (See November 13 listing.)

December 2017

1–31

Morpho Magic. This December stop by Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden for Morpho Magic. View hundreds of blue morpho butterflies as they flutter about the garden and take pictures as they land on brightly colorful holiday ornaments. Fees apply. Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden is closed December 25.

1

Friday—Eastman Evening. Join Eastman Community Music School faculty for a short concert followed by a question and answer session in the Adams Atrium at 6 p.m. Included with general admission fees.

4, 11 & 18

Mondays—Storytime Club. Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Friends and Family. Celebrate the holiday season with stories about friendships and family. Included with general museum admission fees.

4, 11 & 18

Mondays—Museum Mondays for Seniors. Meet history’s playful side at The Strong from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This three-hour experience includes general museum admission plus 20 minutes in the museum’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700. Photo ID is required at the time of the visit. Sponsored by MVP Health Care.

9 & 10

Saturday & Sunday—Ninja Challenge Weekend. Explore an endurance course provided by Rochester's Warrior Factory. Discover how to build strength through obstacle courses as you jump, spin, and hop through physical challenges. Use speed and precision to scale the popular “warped wall,” an eight-foot-tall curved barrier. All weekend long, meet and take pictures with contestants of the popular American Ninja Warriors NBC television show, Carl Fantauzzo and Jon "The Giant" Alexis, Jr. The Warrior Factory obstacle course is free with paid museum admission and is for guests age six and older. Closed toe shoes and signed liability release are required. Included with general museum admission fees.

11

Monday—Storytime Club. (See December 4 listing.)

11

Monday—Museum Mondays for Seniors. (See December 4 listing.)

18

Monday—Storytime Club. (See December 4 listing.)

18

Monday—Museum Mondays for Seniors. (See December 4 listing.)

23–31

Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesTM School Break. Create a ninja turtle mask and journey through the museum to take on ninja challenges. Test your agility, strengthen your muscles, and use superior observation skills in special activities throughout the museum. Included with general museum admission fees.

24

Sunday—Museum Closing at 4 p.m. Museum closes at 4 p.m. for Christmas Eve.

25

Monday—Museum Closed. Museum closed for the Christmas holiday.

31

Sunday—Museum Closing at 4 p.m. Museum closes at 4 p.m. for New Year’s Eve.

January 2018

1

Monday—Museum Opens at noon. Museum opens at noon for New Year’s Day. 

1

Monday—Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesTM School Break. Create a ninja turtle mask and journey through the museum to take on ninja challenges. Test your agility, strengthen your muscles, and use superior observation skills in special activities throughout the museum. Included with general museum admission fees.

1

Monday— Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesTM: Secrets of the SewerTM Exhibit Closing. Don’t miss your last chance to transport to the underground home of the beloved crime-fighting heroes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Assemble electrical circuit puzzles, navigate a rope maze, practice ninja speed and dexterity with computer games, and more! Produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Nickelodeon. Included with general museum admission fees.

6, 13, 20 & 27

(Sold out)

Saturdays—Video Game Creation Workshop. Discover exciting facets of game design through innovative, hand-on learning experiences in museum classrooms. Led by programmer, game designer, and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Assistant Professor Ian Schreiber, Video Game Creation Workshop is offered in two age-specific sessions, each limited to 20 child-adult pairs. For more information, visit museumofplay.org/education/game-creation-workshop

6–7

Saturday & Sunday—Beyond the Sea Weekend. Dive in for a fun-filled weekend. Join the Happy Pirates for interactive performances. Meet Tory the mermaid, dig for buried treasure at the Kinetic Sand indoor beach, create a Heart of the Sea necklace, and more. Presented by Zimmet Group. Included with general museum admission fees.

8, 22 & 29

Mondays—Storytime Club. Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Fitness Fun. Muscle in for tales about eating healthy and getting active. Included with general museum admission fees.

8, 22 & 29

Mondays—Museum Mondays for Seniors. Meet history’s playful side at The Strong from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take a guided tour of The Strong’s America at Play exhibit with a museum staff member and explore more than 300 years of play. Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700. Photo ID is required at the time of the visit. Sponsored by MVP Health Care.

13, 20 & 27

Saturdays—Are You a Maker? Workshop Series. Child and adult work together to get hands-on with everyday materials—such as cardboard boxes, paper, and lightbulbs—to explore scientific principles and engineer complex creations. Designed and led in part by Dan Schneiderman, research associate and community liaison at Rochester Institute of Technology’s MAGIC (Media Arts Games Interaction Creativity) Center, the Are You a Maker? series is offered in two time-specific sessions, each limited to 15 child-adult pairs. Advanced registration required. For more information, visit museumofplay.org. Sponsored by Zimmet Group.

13

Saturday—Video Game Creation Workshop. (See January 6 listing.)

15

Monday—Celebrating Diversity (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day). Enjoy special performances and programming honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Watch Bright Star Theatre perform African Folktales and Jackie Robinson. Meet members of Alfred University’s Art Force Five and help create fun crafts with the team. View mosaics of civil rights leaders and their inspiring quotes. Included with general museum admission fees.

20 & 21

Saturday & Sunday—Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails Exhibit Opening. Meet favorite steam engines Thomas, Percy, and Gordon, explore the unique landscape of Sodor, and help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of math and science-based challenges. Help Thomas, Percy, and the rest of the residents of Sodor solve challenges and use creative problem solving. Dress up as a conductor, guide a train around a steep curve, use rods and wrenches to fix Percy’s wobbly wheels, and more. Opening weekend only, discover Rochester’s railway history with Railfan & Railroad magazine editor and train enthusiast Otto M. Vondrak. Also, meet the railway director and create a paper engineer or popsicle sticks featuring Thomas and his friends. Media support from Spectrum. Included with general museum admission fees.

20

Saturday—Video Game Creation Workshop. (See January 6 listing.)

20

Saturday—Are You a Maker? Workshop. (See January 13 listing.)

22

Monday—Storytime Club. (See January 8 listing.)

22

Monday—Museum Mondays for Seniors. Meet history’s playful side at The Strong from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This three-hour experience includes general museum admission plus 20 minutes in the museum’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700. Photo ID is required at the time of the visit. Sponsored by MVP Health Care.

27

Saturday—Video Game Creation Workshop. (See January 6 listing.)

27

Saturday—Are You a Maker? Workshop. (See January 13 listing.)

29

Monday—Storytime Club. (See January 8 listing.)

29

Monday—Museum Mondays for Seniors. (See January 22 listing.)

February 2018

3

Saturday—Puppy Love. Shake paws with lovable Biscuit from Alyssa Satin Capucilli’s book series, meet retired racing dogs from Greyhound Adoption of Greater Rochester, learn about Tail Waggin’ Tutors program, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.

3 & 4

(Sold Out)

Saturday & Sunday— Video Game Creation Workshop. Discover exciting facets of game design through innovative, hand-on learning experiences in museum classrooms. Led by programmer, game designer, and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Assistant Professor Ian Schreiber, the Video Game Creation Workshop is offered in two age-specific sessions, each limited to 20 child-adult pairs. For more information, visit museumofplay.org/education/game-creation-workshop

5, 12 & 26

Mondays—Storytime Club. Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Build It. Dig into construction-themed stories about trucks, buildings, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.

5, 12 & 26

Mondays—Museum Mondays for Seniors. Meet history’s playful side at The Strong from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take a guided tour of The Strong’s America at Play exhibit with a museum staff member and explore more than 300 years of play. Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700. Photo ID is required at the time of the visit. Sponsored by MVP Health Care.

10 & 11

Saturday & Sunday—Royal Ball. Dress in your most regal attire and meet Her Majesty, the Queen of Play. Be whisked away for a day full of dancing and lively music in the royal court. Enjoy a “feast” at the royal banquet table, visit the Fairy Godmother to receive a special bejeweled gift, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.

12

Monday—Storytime Club. (See February 5 listing.)

12

Monday—Museum Mondays for Seniors. Meet history’s playful side at The Strong from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This three-hour experience includes general museum admission plus 20 minutes in the museum’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700. Photo ID is required at the time of the visit. Sponsored by MVP Health Care.

17–25

Storybook Celebration School Break. Explore the whimsical world of beloved stories. February 19 through 23 only, enjoy story readings in Storybook Theater. Each day, grab a picture with popular storybook characters in Reading Adventureland. Say “hello” to Little Red Riding Hood, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and more. Boost your storybook vocabulary by trying your hand at word dominoes and a limerick generator. Included with general museum admission fees.

26

Monday—Storytime Club. (See February 5 listing.)

26

Monday—Museum Mondays for Seniors. (See February 12 listing.)

March 2018

3

Saturday—Healthy Kids Day Presented by The Strong and the YMCA of Greater Rochester​. Run, hop, or slide into the museum for a day filled with fitness fun. YMCA members save $3 with valid membership ID. Included with general museum admission fees.

5, 12, 19 & 26

Mondays—Storytime Club. Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Silly Stories. Enjoy books featuring tongue twisters and silly rhymes. Included with general museum admission fees.

5, 12, 19 & 26

Mondays—Museum Mondays for Seniors. Meet history’s playful side at The Strong from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take a guided tour of The Strong’s America at Play exhibit with a museum staff member and explore more than 300 years of play. Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700. Photo ID is required at the time of the visit. Sponsored by MVP Health Care.

9

Friday—Eastman Community Music School Performance. Join Eastman Community Music School faculty for a short concert followed by a question and answer session in the Adams Atrium at 6 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

12

Monday—Storytime Club. (See March 5 listing.)

12

Monday—Museum Mondays for Seniors. Meet history’s playful side at The Strong from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This three-hour experience includes general museum admission plus 20 minutes in the museum’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700. Photo ID is required at the time of the visit. Sponsored by MVP Health Care.

19

Monday—Storytime Club. (See March 5 listing.)

19

Monday—Museum Mondays for Seniors. (See March 12 listing.)

24 & 25

Saturday & Sunday—Superheroes Weekend. Meet official Marvel superheroes—Spider-Man on Saturday and Captain America on Sunday—at a designated time by picking up a free ticket in the Adams Atrium the day of the event. (Tickets are available one hour prior to designated superhero appearance times while supplies last.) All weekend long, receive drawing and writing tips from professional artists, create your own headband to transform into a superhero, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.

26

Monday—Storytime Club. (See March 5 listing.)

26

Monday—Museum Mondays for Seniors. (See March 12 listing.)

 

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 460,000 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.

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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. The Strong museum is open 362 days a year. During 2017, the museum is closed on November 23 (Thanksgiving Day) and December 25. During 2018, 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.