The Strong owns and cares for the world’s most comprehensive collection of toys, dolls, board games, video games, other electronic games, and other historical materials related to play. This unprecedented assemblage offers a unique interpretive and educational window into the critical role of play in human physical, social, and intellectual development and the ways in which play reflects cultural history.
Learn more about The Strong’s key holdings:
- Toy, Doll, and Games Collections
- Video Game and Electronic Game Collections
- Archival Collections Related to Artifacts of Play
- Archival Collections Related to the Study of Play
- Archival Collections Related to Video and Other Electronic Games
- Library Collections
Online Access to Artifacts
Tens of thousands of objects are accessible through the museum’s online database. These include examples of toys inducted into The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame as well as materials acquired and preserved through The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games.
On-site Access to Artifacts
On-site access to the full museum collection is available to scholars, students, collectors, and other researchers by appointment. Appointments may be made via an online form, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for access to toy, doll, and game collections or to email@example.com for access to video and electronic game collections. Please provide a topic of research, indicate the materials desired, and any special needs.