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The museum will be open July 4 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Group Admission

The Strong museum is an ideal destination for school groups, reunions, youth outings, day-care trips, summer camps, and bus tours. Please review the different group options below. If you have questions about which option is best for you or would like a quote, please contact the museum at info@museumofplay.org.

Group TypePriceMinimumButterfly GardenAvailability
Field Trip$1210$6Sept.–June, M–F
Youth Group$2110$6Any time
Mixed Group$2120$6Any time
Group reservations are not available during school break weeks or on holidays.
Group Types

Field Trip – The field trip rate is available to any kindergarten through 12th grade classroom.
Youth Group – The youth group rate is available to any groups of children and teens visiting from day-care centers, churches, recreation centers, summer camps, and other youth-oriented associations.
Mixed Group – This rate is available to tour groups, family reunions, team building activities, and conventions.

Make Your Reservation
  1. All group reservations must be submitted online using the Group Visit Request form below.
  2. Reservations must be submitted at least thirty days in advance of your visit and are subject to availability. Space fills up quickly so book early!
  3. If a student/child is using their membership to enter the museum with your group, they do not count toward the minimum number required. Member children attending a lesson must pay the lesson fee.
  4. Group reservations are generally processed in 2-3 business days. You will receive an invoice via email confirming your visit.
  1. Children must be supervised at all times. With Field Trips and Youth Groups, the museum requires one adult chaperone for every five paid student/child tickets. These chaperones are included free of charge. Teachers, aides, and any additional adults are considered chaperones and must be included in your adult count. We will calculate the number free.
  2. Any additional chaperones visiting with your group will pay the regular admission rate.
  3. Chaperones will need to purchase a ticket to enter the butterfly garden with field trips and youth groups.
  4. The fee to park in the garage is $7 for any chaperones that drive on their own.
  1. Full payment or purchase order is due two weeks in advance of your visit date. Unpaid reservations will be cancelled.
  2. If the billing contact is different from the group reservation contact, include those details in the notes section of the Group Visit Request form.
  3. Group reservations are not refundable.
  1. A lunch space can be reserved for your group if available. Lunch periods last 30 minutes. We will attempt to schedule your entire group in one lunch period; however, large groups may be scheduled over multiple lunch periods.
  2. Groups may bring a bagged lunch or order from the food court. Lunch bags will be stored on labeled carts in the lunchrooms. We cannot refrigerate or reheat any lunches.
  1. Buses will drop off at the museum entrance located off Howell Street. Bus Drop Off Map
  2. When you arrive, do not leave the bus until a museum staff member instructs you to do so.
  3. The museum does not have bus parking onsite. Buses may park offsite in a lot located off Alexander Street. This lot is located about two blocks from the museum. Bus Parking Map
  4. Maximum vehicle height for the parking garage is 8’ 2”.
Other Helpful Information
  1. Make any chaperone-student groupings and review the museum map before arriving at the museum.
  2. A museum staff member will give your group a brief museum orientation when you arrive.
  3. If you have additional adults and children that need to pay, please do so online before arriving.
  4. Ensure you have your bus driver’s phone number.
  5. Visit the Accessibility page for social stories and information about accommodations for students with special needs. If a student requires a 1:1 aide, please note that on the group visit request form.
  6. Museum security staff are certified in first aid and CPR. If assistance is required, please notify museum staff.

School Lessons

The Strong offers a wide range of school lessons, provided by museum instructors, for students in pre-K through grade 8 amid dynamic, hands-on exhibits and world-renowned collections. Learn more.

Senior Programming

Through the Lifelong Learning program, senior groups (age 55+) can learn about the museum’s world-class collections, interactive exhibit spaces, or indoor butterfly garden. Learn more.