The Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester

#1 of 41 in Childrens Museums in New York State
Must see · Children’s Museum · History Museum
Packed with interactive exhibits, The Strong National Museum of Play is devoted to the history and importance of play. You can explore the world of Sesame Street, meet the Berenstain Bears, and witness the evolution of video games. Adults will find plenty of objects they remember from their childhood among the museum's vast collection of toys and activities. Consider taking a walk through the butterfly house, home to 1,000 free-flying butterflies. Younger children can enjoy a ride on the indoor train or carousel. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to The Strong National Museum of Play by using our Rochester online trip itinerary planner.
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  • The museum has a huge parking lot in the back, and upon entry you’re greeted by the small cafe and souvenir shop (pre-covid). Tickets are 20 and below, with the butterfly admissions $5. The museum...  more »
  • This museum can make a pessimistic 14 year old reawaken her inner child. I would know, I am that 14 year old. There is so much to do here even with Covid. There is a huge superhero exhibit that both.....  more »
  • What an experience! My wife and I had so much fun. The nostalgia this place evokes is unlike anything you could possibly imagine. There's so much to do and so much to see. The pinball and video game arcades are absolutely amazing and play only costs a quarter per machine! The butterfly garden was as serene and beautiful as you could hope for. We went just the two of us, but we definitely plan to return and bring our three granddaughters.
  • It's great to see that there is an organization dedicated to preserving games. Game preservation is extremely important moving forward because it is a part of our history now and having an archive of games to learn from is important for future game designers. Also, preserves the games by allowing people to have fun and interact with the games. Essentially, it doesn't forget what makes games so unique which is their interactivity.

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