National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration Weekend at The Strong Museum November 12 & 13

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

October 3, 2016

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325,

National Toy Hall of Fame® Celebration Weekend
at The Strong Museum
November 12 & 13

Honor the newly inducted toys and revel in a weekend of activities featuring puppets (2015 inductee) and the cardboard box (2005 inductee) during National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration Weekend at The Strong© museum on Saturday, November 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, November 13 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Robert Rogers Puppet CompanySaturday only, see incredible feats of skill performed by puppets in Circus on a String by Robert Rogers Puppet Company. Watch as marionettes walk across tightropes, balance on balls, and leap high over guests to festive music.  Sunday only, watch famous puppeteer Brad Shur lead an original theater presentation of Cardboard Explosion! that allows guests to bring cardboard figures to life through stories featuring dragons, superpowers, and more.

Both Saturday and Sunday, enjoy a musical treat when Eastman School of Music students and faculty present Toy Suite at 2 p.m. The concerts feature original compositions inspired by National Toy Hall of Fame toys. After each performance, museum guests will have a unique opportunity to interact with the composers and performers to learn about the stories behind each song.

Create your own princess or puppy marionette to take home, play with a variety of puppet toys donated by Folkmanis, and visit with The Strong’s Vice President for Collections Chris Bensch to learn about the historical impact of puppets.   

All National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration Weekend activities are included with general museum admission fees. Programs underwritten in part by Delta Air Lines, the official airline of The Strong.


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. (Note: On November 1, general admission fees change to $14.50.)

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. (Note: On November 1, Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden fees change to $4 for members, $5 for nonmembers.) 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.