Have a Ball Exhibit Opens at The Strong June 24
June 1, 2017
For Immediate Release
Original Have a Ball Exhibit
Opens at The Strong Museum
Bounce through the history of the ball and discover the importance of ball play as a universal social, cultural, and human experience at Have a Ball—an original exhibit opening at The Strong museum on Saturday, June 24. View iconic artifacts—including the ball that gave baseball legend Willie Mays his 3000th hit (courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York)—and test your skills at a variety of physical and virtual ball-inspired activities. Explore the history of ball games from around the world in five zones:
Kick: Step into a life-size billiards game! Use your feet to maneuver balls around the table and kick them into the pockets. Also explore the worldwide popularity of soccer. A case of historic soccer balls and women’s soccer uniforms examine gender inequality in sports and the tension between organized sport and free play.
Roll: Drive remote-controlled balls through a series of tracks, tunnels, and ramps at the 18-foot Sphero Robot Park! See the evolution of rolling games—from bocce to bowling—and learn how rolling games have changed and stayed the same over time by examining a range of artifacts from simple marbles to the electronic Nintendo Wii Sports.
Bounce: Place a variety of colorful balls in the air-powered ball fountain and see how they travel, float, and bounce. Play a jumbo version of the Atari arcade classic Breakout (1972) and try to keep the ball in the air to break as many bricks as possible. Don’t let it hit
Throw: Explore throwing games, such as juggling and baseball, and learn how they help develop dexterity. Think you have what it takes to be a pitcher? Batter up! Test your skills at the throwing range and try to toss a baseball through the strike zone
Have a Ball Arcade: Test your reflexes at a range of redemption-style games such as Skee Ball, Hoop Fever, Fish Bowl, Ghost Busters, Angry Birds, and Hungry Hungry Hippos to earn tickets for prizes. Then pull the plunger and try to rack up the highest score on pinball machines such as Super Mario Bros. and the Flinstones. Books throughout the exhibit illuminate the history of the ball, and videos of ball play from around the world feature games people play on different continents. See children playing marbles in Afghanistan and soccer All-Star David Beckham kicking a soccer ball in Antarctica!
Have a Ball remains on view through September 4, 2017, and is included with general museum admission fees. The exhibit is sponsored by Fidelis Care. Sphero Robot Park presented in partnership with Sphero.
Some machines in Have a Ball require purchased tokens. Money collected from the sale of tokens helps maintain these original artifacts.
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 $14.50, under age 2 free, members free.
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.
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.