Toys

The Strong News Release
NEWS RELEASE
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 • 585-263-2700 • museumofplay.org

May 1, 2018

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@museumofplay.org

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325, nmcelrath@museumofplay.org

Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns Exhibit
Returns to The Strong® Museum
June 9

The imaginative universes of science-fiction classics beckon at Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns, an original exhibit opening at The Strong museum on Saturday, June 9. Back by popular demand, the exhibit explores the ways science-fiction books, toys, movies, and video games have captured people’s imaginations and shaped the way they play. Travel to distant futures and faraway galaxies to explore key sci-fi themes in zones that couple artifacts from The Strong’s collections with dynamic hands-on activities:

Aliens and Monsters: experience the realms of other-worldly creatures and play a variety of games based on monsters and alien life forms, such as GalaxianGalaga, and Primal Rage. Zap the attackers from outer-space and try to save Earth in a giant version of the classic arcade game Space Invaders, then grab a friend to check out the new, multiplayer version of the popular game. Create your own alien or monster on light tablets in the custom drawing area. Listen to an original radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells.

Future Perfect: utopia or dystopia? Explore what the future might hold and learn about humankind’s fascination with apocalyptic events by playing the classic Cold War arcade game Missile Command and viewing artifacts such as the Nuclear War game, the Apple II game Wasteland, a Katniss Everdeen figure from the popular series The Hunger Games, and a copy of George Orwell’s ground-breaking novel 1984.

New Frontiers: travel at the speed of light and learn about humankind’s fascination with exploring and colonizing space. View colony play sets and seek out new galaxies on rare arcade games such as Two-Player Computer Space and a cockpit version of Sega’s classic vector game Star Trek.

Ray Guns: ray guns, blasters, phasers, heat rays, and other futuristic energy weapons have been a key part of space lore for decades. See a sampling of toy versions and check out the oldest toy ray gun ever created! Zap the bad guys in arcade game shooters such as Alien Extermination and Terminator II

Robots: direct a remote-controlled ball through a series of tracks, tunnels, and ramps in the Robot Park. Marvel at a wide-range of toy robots, including Big Loo (a talking, mechanical robot developed by Louis Marx and Company for Christmas season 1963), and learn about the influence of Japanese toys on the development of real robots. Make your own robot from a variety of materials and play robot-centric arcade games such as Robotron: 2084, Berzerk, and Xybots.

Rockets: learn about trajectory and velocity by creating and launching an air-powered, paper rocket. Solve a giant, 3-D puzzle depicting a rocket launch, and view rocket toys from the Cold War-era. Test your space piloting skills on classic arcade games such as Asteroids and Lunar Lander.

Space Heroes: discover the men and women of space—from real astronauts to fictional heroes—through dozens of related toys and games, including costumes and action figures of space opera legend Buck Rogers. Battle enemy starships on the 3-D space shooter arcade game StarBlade and fight back alien creatures as Ellen Ripley in Konami’s Aliens arcade game.

The exhibit is produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games in partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology. It remains on view through September 3, 2018, and is included in general museum admission fees. Presented in the Fidelis Care Gallery at The Strong.

Playable machines in Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns require purchased tokens. Money collected from the sale of tokens helps maintain these original artifacts.

 

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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 $15, under age 2 free, members free. Fees subject to change.

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. Fees subject to change.

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.

Butterfly Life Cycle Exploration

Students build knowledge about the butterfly life cycle by observing chrysalises and butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Students use informational text and science talk (a discussion protocol designed to promote student questioning and speaking scientifically). Working in small groups, students demonstrate what they have learned by illustrating and acting out the butterfly life cycle.

The Strong News Release
NEWS RELEASE
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 • 585-263-2700 • museumofplay.org

March 21, 2018

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@museumofplay.org

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325, nmcelrath@museumofplay.org

Princess Palooza
at The Strong® Museum
April 21 & 22

Join beloved princesses as they celebrate Earth Day during Princess Palooza at The Strong museum on Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. Partner up with royalty for eco-friendly activities:

  • Help Snow White uncover which critters left their tracks in the forest.
  • Create a rock troll out of reusable items with the Snow Princess.
  • Pair up with Cinderella to build a bird feeder.
  • Practice recycling skills with the Scottish Princess.
  • Paint a masterpiece with Rapunzel.
  • Create an Earth Day crown with Sleeping Beauty.
  • Join Belle in a giant game of tic-tac-toe using recycled materials.
  • Explore animal life cycles with the Frog Princess.

All Princess Palooza activities are included with general museum admission fees. Programs underwritten by Delta Air Lines, the official airline of The Strong.

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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 $15, under age 2 free, members free. Fees subject to change.

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. Fees subject to change.

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.

The Strong News Release
NEWS RELEASE
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 • 585-263-2700 • museumofplay.org

April 12, 2018

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@museumofplay.org

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325, nmcelrath@museumofplay.org

Elaine Wilson Carousel 100th Anniversary
at The Strong® Museum
May 12

Celebrate the centennial of one of the museum’s largest artifacts during the Elaine Wilson Carousel 100th Anniversary at The Strong museum on Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take a free ride, discover how the carousel is maintained by museum staff, and more.

Enjoy one free ride per person on the carousel with paid admission. Learn how museum conservators care for and preserve the carousel at special presentations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit representatives from the Herschell Carousel Factory museum to learn about the history of carousels, design your own carousel horse, and more.

Manufactured in 1918 by the Allan Herschell Company in nearby North Tonawanda, New York, The Strong’s carousel is an example of a historic county fair-style machine. It is named in honor of the late Elaine P. Wilson in recognition of the Elaine P. Wilson and Richard U. Wilson Foundation’s generous support of the museum.

All Elaine Wilson Carousel 100th Anniversary activities are included with general museum admission fees. Programs underwritten by Delta Air Lines, the official airline of The Strong.

 

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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 $15, under age 2 free, members free. Fees subject to change.

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. Fees subject to change.

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.

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