Directions and Parking

The Strong is centrally located at One Manhattan Square in downtown Rochester, New York. While under construction, GPS may not be accurate. All guests must enter the museum through The Strong’s Howell Street entrance.

Downtown Rochester map of The Strong museum parking

Parking Garage Tips

The museum’s spacious parking garage is open. However, it will take a few months to combine its technology with our membership data. Please use the instructions below to make your visit more enjoyable while we work to fully integrate systems.

Museum Guest (Non-members):

  1. Enter the museum’s parking garage via Howell Street.
  2. Take parking ticket at gate.
  3. Carry parking ticket with you into the museum.
  4. Insert ticket at self-service parking ticket kiosk or visit the admissions desk to pay for parking.
  5. Don’t lose your ticket. Insert validated ticket to exit garage.

Basic-Level Members:
Through July 31:

  1. Enter the museum’s parking garage via Howell Street.
  2. Take parking ticket at gate.
  3. Carry parking ticket with you into the museum.
  4. Visit the admissions desk to have parking validated through July10. (Basic-level membership benefit of six annual parking validations will not be activated until July 11.)
  5. Don’t lose your ticket. Insert validated ticket to exit garage.

Beginning August 1*:

  1. Enter the museum’s parking garage via Howell Street.
  2. Take parking ticket at gate.
  3. Carry parking ticket with you into the museum.
  4. Visit the admissions desk to redeem one of your annual validations. (After sixth validation is redeemed, basic-level members pay $5 for additional visits.)
  5. Don’t lose your ticket. Insert validated or paid ticket to exit garage.

Tickets must be scanned inside the museum to receive $5 rate.
Those exiting the garage without a scanned ticket will be charged $21.
The museum cannot offer discounted rate for lost parking tickets. Parking fees are not refundable.

Parking Garage Fees

Parking fee table

*Parking payment process subject to change as parking system is fully integrated. Information will become available on the museum website, through social media, and in monthly e-newsletters.

Basic-level membership benefit of 6 annual validations and Upper-level membership benefit of 12 annual validations does not guarantee parking space availability, can only be used at The Strong's garage, and expire when the membership expires.

Advance sale tickets do not include parking fees.

On high visitation days the museum garage may reach capacity. Additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations. Parking in The Strong’s garage is restricted to museum guest use only. Unauthorized cars may be towed at the owner’s expense. Overnight parking and tailgating are not permitted.

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking spaces for guests with a disabled parking placard or a license plate can be found on levels one, two, and three of the museum’s parking garage.

Electric Vehicle Parking

Limited electric vehicle parking spaces are available at the bottom of level one in the museum’s parking garage.

Directions

By Car

Easily accessible from the New York State Thruway and regional expressways, The Strong is only one hour by car from Buffalo, 75 minutes from Syracuse, and approximately six hours or less from cities such as Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Washington, DC.

From the West: Take the NYS Thruway to Exit 47 (LeRoy). Take I-490 East to Exit 15 and proceed onto Howell Street. Enter the parking garage, located on the left.

From the East: Take the NYS Thruway to Exit 45 (Rochester). Take I-490 West to Exit 16 (Clinton Ave./Downtown). At the first traffic light, turn right onto Woodbury Blvd. At the next traffic light, turn right onto Chestnut St., then left on Howell Street. Enter the parking garage, located on the left.

From the South: Take I-390 North to I-590 North. Follow I-590 North to I-490 West. Take I-490 West to Exit 16 (Clinton Ave./Downtown). At the first traffic light, turn right onto Woodbury Blvd. At the next traffic light, turn right onto Chestnut St., then left on Howell Street. Enter the parking garage, located on the left.

By Bus

RTS is the regional, public transportation provider serving both city and suburban travelers. Stops on the RTS system are within easy walking distance of The Strong museum. The bus system offers departure points across Monroe County and connecting routes from Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, and other neighboring counties.

By Air

Guests flying into the Greater Rochester International Airport will enjoy short flight times—less than 90 minutes—from cities such as Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Washington, DC. Once at the airport, a 10-minute taxi ride or rideshare will bring you to The Strong museum.

By Rail

The Rochester, New York, region has more than 60 weekly Amtrak passenger rail departures from downtown. The rail station is within a short rideshare or taxi ride to The Strong museum.

Buses and RVs

Buses may load and unload at the Howell Street entrance. Please call 585-263-2700 for more information. On-site bus or RV parking is limited and subject to change.
Maximum vehicle height for the museum’s parking garage is 8’ 2”.