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Strong Museum

One Manhattan Square
Rochester, New York

Phone: 585-263-2700 --
TTY:  585-423-0746

Statement of Purpose:

Explore the extraordinary side of everyday life.

Strong Museum's world-renowned collections and award-winning exhibitions tell the extraordinary story of everyday life in America since 1820. Whatever your age, you can explore intriguing connections between how people lived in the past and how we live today.

Highlights & Collections:

Strong Museum in Rochester, New York
Like No Other Museum You’ve Ever Seen!

If you think of museums as stuffy, musty places, think again!  Strong Museum in Rochester, New York—rated one of the nation’s top 10 children’s museums by Child magazine—shatters any such notions you may have about museum-going.  At Strong Museum, kids of all ages are invited to touch, explore, discover, and more in whimsical, interactive learning environments.  Here you can step onto Sesame Street, pilot a helicopter, and travel through time—all on the same day!   And children can enjoy a live theatre experience twice daily every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.   The museum also houses a breathtaking array of collections—more than 500,000 objects of Americana, including toys, dollhouses, home furnishings, and the world’s most comprehensive collection of dolls.
Everything at Strong Museum is geared towards making your family visit a memorable one—from kid-friendly exhibits to the warm and welcoming staff in their purple polo shirts.  Craft tables throughout the museum are always well stocked with colorful materials that keep little fingers and minds busy.  And you can snuggle up and read with your child in one of the many book nooks, which are located in every exhibit.  There is even a “guest rest” where parents can tend to their infants.  And the museum provides a spare change of children’s clothing in case of “accidents.”  After experiencing the exhibits, you can take a break with the kids and have a quick meal in the museum’s authentic 1956 diner.  Or try an ice-cream sundae at Louie’s Sweet Shoppe, an old-fashioned ice-cream fountain.  And no visit is complete without a spin on the 1918 Allan Herschell carousel! 

Discover treasures of the past.

Strong Museum boasts a treasure trove of 500,000 objects of Americana, including toys, games, books, home furnishings, miniatures, advertising materials, and the world's largest collection of dolls.

You can discover the fascinating power of all these to spark your memory, fire your curiosity, and stir your imagination.

Travel through time from 1820 to the present.

Take exciting expeditions through awe-inspiring collections and compelling exhibitions. At Strong Museum you can immerse yourself in entertaining trends of American popular culture and gain illuminating insights into contemporary American life.

Exhibits & Special Events:

Go hands on with history and history in the making.

Step into creative environments that make learning about the past and the present lively and fun, whether you're a kid or a kid at heart. In One History Place, a learning center for ages 3 to 7, children can play in a turn-of-the-century attic, kitchen, parlor, and train station.

Come on along for year-round activities.

Strong Museum offers entertaining and engaging activities and programs for all ages year round. Come on along for festivals, performances, family and children's events, talks, school programs, and more.

Have SERIOUS FUN at Strong Museum.

At Strong Museum you can learn while you're having fun. and you can have fun while you're learning. It all adds up to SERIOUS FUN at Strong Museum.



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