Strong National Museum of Play

Museum, History Museum, and Science Museum
1 Manhattan Square Dr (at Chestnut St.), Rochester, NY 14607, United States
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People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 11:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Tue–Wed
    • 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)

The National Museum of Play® is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play.

9.4/10

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    Patrick C.
    "Butterfly garden is beautiful but very muggy in the winter."(5 Tips)
    Marc M.
    "You'll find the national Toy Hall of Fame, the International Center for the History..."(4 Tips)
    Jade M.
    "The mini wegmans is basically the coolest thing in the entire world."(3 Tips)
    Jason H.
    "classic video games on the 2nd floor."(4 Tips)
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  • Skeeter

    Sit on the Sesame Street steps

    Skeeter · 1 week ago
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  • Marc M.

    You'll find the national Toy Hall of Fame, the International Center for the History of Electronic Games AND a butterfly garden all under the same roof. Spend all day here, you'll need it.

    Marc Mayer · 3 weeks ago
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  • Tara V.

    Great hands-on kids museum with lots to see and do. The Sesame Street doorstop was a fun nostalgic stop.

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  • Aisling K.

    Worth visit. Buy one free one for college students.

    Aisling Kam · November 3, 2014
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  • Elaine M.

    Taxi and slide and Lego village- it is all fab!!

    Elaine M · October 18, 2014
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  • Taylor H.

    Amazing place for family days!

    Taylor Hall · September 29, 2014
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  • Mike B.

    Great food and an awesome place to bring kids to learn about history.

    Mike Barker · September 28, 2014
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  • Aaron P.

    Always check the inside line. If your a member you can usually get right to the front! Especially for special events!

    Aaron Pascucci · April 6, 2014
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  • Paul S.

    Play Galaga

    Paul Solt · October 5, 2013
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  • Marisol A.

    Kids love this place, so much to see and do

    Marisol Antonini · September 22, 2013
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  • Brent B.

    Berenstain Bear play area - boys loved it!

    Brent Burkey · August 13, 2013
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  • Kevin B.

    So much fun, the 2 arcades bring you back to your childhood love it

    Kevin Brayer · July 9, 2013
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  • Rachel C.

    Fantastic and fun! We spent four hours here but could've stayed longer. Old-school pinball machines & arcade games upstairs were a hit with the whole family.

    Rachel Coker · July 1, 2013
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  • Maeve C.

    Go on Fri or sat evenings when the museum is open until 8pm!

    Maeve Cullinane · June 7, 2013
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  • Bryan

    Check out the glowing dance floor in the arcade!

    Bryan · May 25, 2013
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  • Stefanie B.

    Love this place. Great for all ages.

    Stefanie Bucelato · May 13, 2013
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  • Brian S.

    Excellent place to allow your children to learn through play. Exhibits include science, reading and fun interactive elements. There are also classic video games and three places to eat.

    Brian Searl · April 20, 2013
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  • Jennifer G.

    It's a great place...though it get packed quick then it's no longer fun!!! Best place to go is Friday and Saturday night at 5-8 lol

    Jennifer Gabhart · April 3, 2013
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  • Barry V.

    The puzzle display will challenge your mind

    Barry Vee · April 3, 2013
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  • Sarah M.

    Come on a school day! Much quieter!

    Sarah Mack · March 21, 2013
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  • Mason S.

    Big Bird's Feeling Sick

    Mason Sullivan · March 10, 2013
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  • Conor C.

    The best exit to visit while you're in Rochester

    Conor Cusack · February 24, 2013
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  • Peter O.

    Come at 5 when most are leaving for dinner.

    Peter OBrien · February 23, 2013
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  • Greg M.

    There is always something's for any kid to do, young or old

    Greg M · February 19, 2013
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  • Chyrell S.

    Brings back childhood memories. You'll have fun playing with the little kids and big kids at heart :)

    Chyrell Samson · January 13, 2013
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  • Anndor M.

    The butterfly garden is worth the extra admission!

    Anndor McCauble · January 4, 2013
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  • Roy L.

    Probably the best play museum ever

    Roy Lee · December 28, 2012
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  • Robin M.

    Coolest place ever! Butterfly exhibit is a must!

    Robin M. · October 14, 2012
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  • Alan B.

    A unique collection of the history of games and play. And The butterfly garden is amazing.

    Alan Berkson · June 26, 2012
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  • Rochester NY

    The exhibits, displays and interactive exhibits will entertain young & old for hours! You can even shop at Wegmans! Eat earlier and go around the noon hour when most are packing up for lunches & naps.

    Rochester NY · March 14, 2012
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  • Brad E.

    Play the video games of your hold good on level 2.

    Brad Einarsen · February 17, 2012
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  • Marc D.

    Get there right at 10, gives I a good hour before it gets crazy

    Marc DiPrima · February 11, 2012
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  • Kiera P.

    Go to the fantasy story book place and make mustaches!!

    Kiera Perkins · January 28, 2012
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  • Jade M.

    The mini wegmans is basically the coolest thing in the entire world. I was like 5 the first time I went; I'm 18 now and it's always my first stop.

    Jade Magin · January 17, 2012
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  • A.j. S.

    Great place to find moms lol

    A.j. Secore · January 4, 2012
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  • Samantha L.

    Half priced milk shakes from 2-3!

    Samantha La Mar · December 15, 2011
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  • Lady F.

    Fun time with the kiddies!¡!¡

    Lady Facen · November 19, 2011
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  • TJ W.

    The video game exhibit takes coins. :(. At least they are keeping it real.

    TJ Wilkinson · October 27, 2011
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  • Susan A.

    A must see stop for any age!

    Susan Anne · October 16, 2011
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  • Natalie C.

    This place would be much more fun without so many kids around

    Natalie Childs · October 15, 2011
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  • Edward F.

    Friday night is the best night- no crowds!

    Edward Foote · October 14, 2011
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  • Patrick C.

    Butterfly garden is beautiful but very muggy in the winter. Be prepared.

    Patrick Carney · October 10, 2011
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  • Parents Magazine

    Forgot something at home? The museum has free supplies of necessities, like diapers, on-hand for minor mishaps.

    Parents Magazine · July 15, 2011
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  • Karylin C.

    go shopping at wegmans!!

    Karylin Coleman · June 28, 2011
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  • Becky B.

    Japan is here! Catch Japanese drumming, martial arts, costumes, food, & culture. And make friendship bracelets-all in this new exhibit. :-)

    Becky Bachmann · June 18, 2011
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  • Jesse F.

    one of the absolutely coolest places i have been.

    Jesse Fewkes · April 25, 2011
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  • Paul S.

    They give out free diapers if you forget to stock up before you leave home!

    Paul Sutton · December 29, 2010
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  • Jason H.

    You have to pay to play most of the classic video games on the 2nd floor. Tokens are 8 for $1. But there is an all in one game unit near the dodgeball game that is free to play.

    Jason Hart · November 26, 2010
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  • Jim N.

    Find a comfy chair and let the kids (including the one in you) roam free

    Jim Nutt · November 20, 2010
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  • HISTORY

    Home of the national Toy Hall of Fame, which opened to the public in 1998. To date, 44 toys have made it into the National Toy Hall of Fame, including 2009 inductees: the Ball, Big Wheel® & Game Boy®

    HISTORY · August 9, 2010
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