Hours and Admission Fees

The Strong museum is open 362 days a year. In 2016, the museum will be closed on October 21 (The Play Ball gala), November 24 (Thanksgiving Day), and December 25 (Christmas Day).

Museum Hours

Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Research Hours

Scholars, students, collectors, and others may request an appointment to conduct research on site to examine The Strong’s world renowned collections of toys, dolls, board games, video games, other electronic games, and play-related materials during professional business hours.

General Museum Admission

Age 2 and older $14
Under age 2: free
Members: always free*
ACM reciprocal members: 50% general admission discount for up to six people



All children ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
*Both named members must show photo ID to receive free member admission.
Discounts may be available for group admission.
The museum accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card. Museum admission fees do not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden.

Matinee Admission    

The museum offers matinee pricing on general admission from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the school year with some exceptions. Matinee admission is not available on Fridays, weekends, holidays, or during school breaks. Matinee pricing is not available from July 1 through Labor Day and may not be combined with any other discount.

Age 2 and older


Under age 2:


Two-For-One College Student Discount

The museum offers two-for-one general admission to students with current college ID. (Both students must present valid ID.)

Active-Duty Military Discount

The museum offers a $2 discount on general admission fees to active-duty United States military personnel (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy) and his or her immediate family members who present appropriate and valid identification.

Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden Admission

Due to limited capacity, entry to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden is by timed ticket only. Learn more about ticket reservations, fees, and garden hours.

ACM Reciprocal Admission Program

Through the museum’s participation in the ACM Reciprocal Network, The Strong provides a 50% general admission discount for up to six people to guests who show a valid membership card with the ACM Reciprocal Network logo and a photo ID. May not be combined with any other discount and does not apply to Dancing Wings Butterfly Gardenadmission.  For more information and a list of participating museums, please visit childrensmuseums.org then click Search Now.  The museum will not refund admission for guests that do not have a valid membership card with ACM Reciprocal Network logo at the time of admission.