Updated: June 7, 2019
The Strong® Museum Exhibits Calendar
Women in Games
Discover the untold stories of women in the game industry. View design documents from pioneers including Carol Shaw and Roberta Williams, take a look at iconic female game characters, and play examples of video games created by women. Listen to musical scores for video games created by composer Yoko Shimarmura and see game graphics made by Mari Shmazaki for Bayonetta and Reika Kodama for Sonic the Hedgehog. Explore non-electronic games designed by women, including Brenda Romero’s Train, Elizabeth Maggie’s The Landlord’s Game, and Leslie Scott’s Jenga. Produced by The Strong.
Wild Kratts: Ocean Adventure (Through September 8)
Dive into an underwater world based on the popular PBS Kids' series Wild Kratts. Explore ocean habitats, meet fascinating creatures, and use the powers of science and teamwork to solve problems, help animals, and fend off villains. Join brothers Chris and Martin Kratt and their band of animal adventurers to put STEM concepts to work. Crawl through an anemone, hunt for lunch like a lobster, work at a shark cleaning station, swim like a dragonfish, and more. Produced by the Minnesota Children's Museum.
DC Super Heroes: Discover Your Superpowers (September 28, 2019–January 19, 2020)
Leap into action alongside iconic superheroes from the DC Universe, including Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Learn about the importance of teamwork, self-discovery, and strength as you solve problems, fight for justice, and battle villains in a series of hands-on, fast-paced challenges. Try on capes and pose for photos in the Hall of Justice, solve puzzles in the Gotham City bank, test your hand speed and reaction time in the Green Lantern’s Circuit Challenge, and more. Produced by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
About The Strong
The Strong is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play.
Known widely as the nation’s museum of play, The Strong blends the best features of both history museums (extensive collections) and children’s museums (high interactivity) to explore the ways in which play encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history.
Facts about The Strong:
- Holds the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of toys, dolls, games, electronic games, and other historical materials related to play—more than 500,000 items
- Is the largest cultural attraction in all of Western New York
- Occupies a 285,000-square-foot facility on 13.5 acres
- Provides more than 100,000 square-feet of dynamic, hands-on exhibits and displays of artifacts of play
- Is home to upstate New York’s only year-round, indoor butterfly garden
- Named the number one family travel destination in the nation by FamilyFun magazine readers
For more information about the museum, please visit museumofplay.org. Public programs underwritten in part by Delta Air Lines, the official airline of The Strong.
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. The Strong museum is open 362 days a year. The museum is closed on October 25 (Play Ball Gala), November 28 (Thanksgiving Day), and December 25 (Christmas Day). The museum will close at 4 p.m. on July 4, December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 31 (New Years Eve). The museum will open at noon on January 1 (New Years Day).
Admission Fees: (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden): age 2 and older $16, 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. 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.