The Strong Museum

The Strong Museum

The Strong Museum is an exceptionally intelligent, accumulations based historical center committed to the history and exploration of play.

It is one of the biggest history galleries in the United States and one of the main exhibition halls serving families. The Strong houses the world’s biggest and most far-reaching collection of verifiable materials related to play.

The Strong’s multifaceted cluster of research, displays, and other interpretive and instructive exercises serve a different group of onlookers of grown-ups, families, kids, understudies, instructors, researchers, authorities, and others around the world.

Museum’s Collections

The Strong possesses and thinks about the world’s most far-reaching collection of toys, dolls, board games, computer games, other electronic recreations, books, archives, and other authentic materials identified with play.

This phenomenal array offers an interesting interpretive and instructive window into the basic job of play in human physical, social, and scholarly improvement and the manners by which play reflects social history.

Toy Collections: Currently numbering more than 75,000 artifacts, The Strong Museum toy collections are recognized as one of the most comprehensive aggregations of toys worldwide.


  • Airplanes
  • Alphabet and Building Blocks
  • Cast-Iron Vehicles
  • Construction Sets
  • Dollhouses, Furnishings, and Miniature Rooms
  • Mechanical Toys
  • Star Wars Action Figures
  • Trains
  • Yo-Yos

Toy Company Collections: A significant number of toys in The Strong’s collections are organized according to manufacturers because of the history of those toy companies and their association with types of toys.

All the types of toys represented here are also represented in other ways under the heading Toy Collections.

  • Fisher-Price Collection
  • GUND, Inc. Collection of Toys, the 1920s–1970s
  • Louis Marx Collection
  • Playskool Collection
  • Ty Beanie Baby Collection

Doll Collections: This expansive assemblage of more than 16,000 items ranges from paper dolls to collector dolls.

It includes rarities such as Thomas Edison’s Talking Doll (1890) and numerous Bru and Jumeau dolls; many other elegant examples of 19th-century French and German dolls; and thousands of other popular and fashion dolls from the early 20th century to the present.

  • Barbie Dolls
  • Dolls after 1950
  • Dolls before 1950
  • Paper Dolls
The Strong National Museum of Play

Game Collections: At more than 15,000 items, The Strong’s game collections include, card games board games, puzzles, game prototypes, role-playing games, and more.

  • All-Fair Collection
  • Board Games
  • Card Games and Playing Cards
  • McLoughlin Brothers Collection
  • Milton Bradley Collection
  • Parker Brothers Collection
  • Role-Playing Games
  • Ron Dubren Collection
  • Sid Sackson Prototypes Collection

Apart from these amazing collections, museum ahs some other collections too.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. What are the hours of the visit?
A. The hours of the visit to the museum differs with days. The timings are:

  • Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.

Q. Is there any admission fee for the museum?
A. Yes, there is an admission fee. The charges are:

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

  • Age 2 and older: $21
  • Under age 2: Free
  • Members: $4

Note: You can also buy the tickets online from the official website of The Strong Museum.
 Children of the age 15 yrs and below should be under adult supervision at all times.
 The museum accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover Card.
 Discounts may be available for group entries.

Q. What is the address to the museum?
A. The address is, One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607 | 585-263-2700

Q. What are the attractions nearby?
A. There are many places that you can visit near the museum, some of which are:

  • Bristol Mountain
  • Genesee Country Village & Museum
  • Rochester Museum & Science Center
  • Roseland Water Park
  • Seabreeze Amusement Park
  • Seneca Park Zoo
  • Stokoe Farms
  • Wickham Farms

Q. Does the museum have WiFi?
A. Yes, the museum has WiFi.

Q. Can I bring my own food?
A. Yes, you can bring and eat it in the lunchroom.

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