As we reopen, you will notice some changes at the museum including limited capacity, timed tickets, and enhanced sanitation protocols. While the museum experience will be a bit different from the last time that you visited, one essential thing will remain the same: our mission to promote the importance of play, with its power to teach, spark imagination, and create joy. Learn about our new procedures and helpful information for your next visit at museumofplay.org/play-safe.
All guests must enter through The Strong’s Howell Street entrance.
The museum will be closed on October 2 (The Play Ball gala), November 26 (Thanksgiving Day), and December 25 (Christmas Day).
Sunday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–noon, 1–4 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon, 1–4 p.m., 5–8 p.m.
Scholars, students, collectors, and others may request an appointment to conduct research on site during professional business hours to examine The Strong’s world renowned collections of toys, dolls, board games, video games, other electronic games, and play-related materials.
General Museum Admission
|Age 2 and older:||$16|
|Under age 2:||Free|
|Members:||Free with current membership card and photo ID|
|ACM reciprocal members:||50% general admission discount for up to six people|
General Museum Admission with Butterfly Garden
Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden is expected to open July 11.
|Age 2 and older:||$21|
|Under age 2:||Free|
All guests age 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Advance sale tickets do not include parking fees.
Everyone is welcome at The Strong museum. The Strong reserves the right to refuse service or revoke access to any guests that museum staff believe negatively impact this safe environment. Read The Strong's Play Nice Policy.
The museum accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card.
Discounts may be available for group admission.
Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden Admission
Due to limited capacity, entry to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden is by ticket only. Museum hosts welcome ticket holders into the garden on regular intervals. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable. No re-entry.
Active-Duty Military and Veteran Discount
The museum offers a $5 discount on general admission fees to active-duty United States military personnel and veterans (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, and National Guard) and their immediate family members who present appropriate and valid identification. May not be combined with any other discount.
College Student Discount
The museum offers a $5 discount on general admission fees to students with current college ID. May not be combined with any other discount.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Discount
The museum offers a discount on general admission fees to New York State residents who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Each guest showing an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and matching personal identification may purchase admission for him/herself and up to three additional guests at $3 per person. This reduced price may not be combined with any other discount and is not applicable on butterfly garden tickets, advanced sale tickets, or any other museum events. Español.
Through the museum’s participation in the ACM Reciprocal Network, The Strong provides a 50% general admission discount for up to six guests who show a valid membership card with the ACM Reciprocal Network logo and a photo ID. May not be combined with any other discount and only applies to general museum admission (no other admission packages). For more information and a list of participating museums, please visit childrensmuseums.org then click Search Now. The museum will not refund admission for guests that do not have a valid membership card with ACM Reciprocal Network logo at the time of admission.
Admission to The Strong museum makes the perfect gift! Choose from general admission or general admission plus Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden using the buttons above. Gift memberships are also available.