Your turn! Move like a piece on a giant game board through three centuries of American games, puzzles, and public amusements at Game Time!, an original permanent exhibit on the second floor of the National Museum of Play® at The Strong. Feast your eyes on oversized toy props, see rare historic treasures from The Strong’s game and puzzle collections, and jump right in for active hands-on family fun.
- Conquer the maze in a jumbo Perplexus, designed especially for The Strong, and compare it to the 1889 original handheld ball maze Pigs in Clover that President Benjamin Harrison was known to enjoy.
- Check out oversized versions of Connect Four, Rush Hour, and Battleship; and a flashing, electronic, big-screen bingo.
- Challenge yourself to a gaggle of games including Jenga, air hockey, dome hockey, paper football, pinball, 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.
See rare artifacts on view for a limited time, including Síochán leat (the Irish Game), a one-of-its-kind game designed by Brenda Romero to explore the 17th-century invasion of Ireland, and the Dalluhn Manuscript, a text believed by some experts to be the earliest existing version of Dungeons & Dragons.
Game Time! is phase two of a five-phase project to transform the museum’s second floor into America at Play, a highly interactive exhibit on the history of play in America. The first phase, eGameRevolution, explores electronic games.
This project is made possible by a grant from
The Strong acknowledges the support of Greater Hudson Heritage Network for artifact preservation.