The Force at Play Exhibit Closes January 8 at The Strong Museum

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

December 8, 2016

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325,

The Force at Play
Exhibit Closes January 8
at The Strong® Museum

Don’t miss your last chance to learn about the revolutionary impact of the Star Wars franchise on play and playthings at The Force at Play at The Strong museum. The exhibit remains at The Strong only through Sunday, January 8, 2017.

Explore the evolution of the beloved franchise and view dozens of artifacts from The Strong’s collections, including the first 12 Kenner Star Wars action figures, an original movie poster, and early advertising for Star Wars toys. Marvel at an intricate diorama of Star Wars characters and vehicles depicting a battle between the Rebel Alliance and Empire. See how Star Wars inspired other playthings, including a variety of LEGO toys, and play with Mr. Potato Head’s evil counterpart—Darth Tater!

Take on the Dark Side and immerse yourself in the fantastic video game realms that Star Wars inspired through the decades. Play arcade classics, such as Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, and modern games like Star Wars Battlefront. Jump in the cockpit and try to take down the original Death Star or save the ice planet Hoth in the interactive Star Wars Battle Pod.

View videos of children incorporating Star Wars into their play. Explore artifacts cases with a range of branded costumes, lightsabers, and other toys used to bring the movies to life through play. Beware of the large-scale X-Wing and Tie Fighter models overhead throughout the exhibit!

The exhibit is produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games. It remains on view through January 8, 2017, and is included in general museum admission fees.

Please note: Playable machines in The Force at Play require purchased tokens. Money collected from the sale of tokens helps maintain these original artifacts.


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 $14.50, under age 2 free, members free.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $4 for members, $5 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.