Build, Drive, Go Exhibit Opens December 5

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

November 18, 2015

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Kim Della Porta, 585-410-6325,

Permanent Build, Drive, Go Exhibit
Opens December 5
at The Strong® Museum

Put imagination into motion and zoom, sail, or fly into the original, permanent Build, Drive, Go exhibit opening at The Strong museum on Saturday, December 5. The exhibit invites guests to explore the history of construction toys such as LEGO and Erector Sets, as well as vehicles of all sorts from trucks and trains to planes and boats. The exhibit also encourages creative role-play at interactive stations.

Stop for a picture at an oversized traffic light and climb into a dump truck to manipulate the levers and controls. Use bulldozers, excavators, cranes, and other construction toys to move rocks in a sprawling play area. In the Big Build area, create skyscrapers and other towering structures with oversized blocks.

Make your own creations from a wide range of materials at the Build Table, including favorites such as magnetic Magformers. Make pictures and patterns out of interlocking bricks at the colorful Duplo Wall. Use basic physics principles to redesign a race track to make toy cars go faster.

View timelines of driving and building toys and trace their history through four eras—19th century, early 20th century, mid-20th century, and today. Marvel at rare artifacts from The Strong’s world-class collections and learn about each item’s historical significance. See the original 16 Hot Wheels released by Mattel in 1968—including the first tiny Firebirds, Corvettes, Thunderbirds, and Cougars. Also view a Lionel Wartime Paper Train made during the metal shortage caused by World War II and original LEGO sets released in the United States by Samsonite—Junior Constructor and Town-Plan.

Build, Drive, Go is the latest exhibit on the history of play that is transforming the museum’s second floor. eGameRevolution explores the history of video games; Game Time! explores the history of games and puzzles; and Play Pals celebrates centuries of dolls, action figures, stuffed animals, and other figures of play. This project is made possible in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Build, Drive, Go is included with general museum admission fees.


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.

General Admission Fees (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): age 2 and older $14, under age 2 free, members free.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only.

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.