Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester, NY Photos

The Strong National Museum of Play (1 Manhattan Square Dr.) was founded by Margaret Woodbury Strong & opened to the public in 1982. The Strong contains the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of items related to play, including modern and vintage games, toys, stuffed animals, pinball machines and motorcycles, as well as many interactive exhibits and activities for children.

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The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.The Strong National Museum of Play founded by Margaret Woodbury Strong & open to public in 1982. Rochester, NY.Exterior architecture at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Elaine Wilson Carousel by The Allan Herschell Co. of North Tonawanda, NY at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
The Strong National Museum of Play (1998) (1 Manhattan Square Dr.). Rochester, NY. Architect: CJS Architects.The Strong National Museum of Play founded by Margaret Woodbury Strong & open to public in 1982. Rochester, NY.Exterior architecture at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Elaine Wilson Carousel (1918) by The Allan Herschell Co. of North Tonawanda, NY at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Elaine Wilson Carousel at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Carousel horse on Elaine Wilson Carousel at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Carousel horse on Elaine Wilson Carousel at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Painted scenes of children at play on Elaine Wilson Carousel at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Elaine Wilson Carousel at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Carousel horse on Elaine Wilson Carousel at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Carousel horse on Elaine Wilson Carousel at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Painted scenes of children at play on Elaine Wilson Carousel at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Painted winter scene of children ice skating on Elaine Wilson Carousel at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Authentic 1950's diner & facade of brick tenement in entrance atrium at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Neon signs on 1950's stainless steel diner at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Main entrance & atrium at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Painted winter scene of children ice skating on Elaine Wilson Carousel at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Authentic 1950's diner & facade of brick tenement in entrance atrium at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Neon signs on 1950's stainless steel diner at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Main entrance & atrium at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Autumn flower display in the gardens at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Colorful exterior architecture at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Interior of triodetic space frame at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Colorfully lit triodetic space frame Interior at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Autumn flower display in the gardens at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Colorful exterior architecture at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Interior of triodetic space frame (c2007) at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY. Architect: Chaintreuil Jensen Stark Architects.Colorfully lit triodetic space frame Interior at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Toy Hall of Fame in triodetic space frame interior at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Multi-color window in triodetic space frame at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Slanting oval window of triodetic space frame at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Artistic display of historic bicycles at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Toy Hall of Fame in triodetic space frame interior at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Multi-color window in triodetic space frame at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Slanting oval window of triodetic space frame at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Artistic display of historic bicycles at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Vintage jigsaw puzzles & games at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Only known American copy of Jolly Game of Goose by J.P. Beach at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.The Mansion of Happiness by George Fox, a board game inspired by Christian morality at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Naval Engagement board game where children could re-fight the Civil War at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Vintage jigsaw puzzles & games at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Only known American copy of Jolly Game of Goose (1851) by J.P. Beach at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.The Mansion of Happiness (1800) by George Fox, a board game inspired by Christian morality at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Naval Engagement (c1870's) board game where children could re-fight the Civil War at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Union Building Blocks No 4 vintage construction set by Richter & Co. of Germany at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.The Game of Authors & Game of Peter Coddles at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.The Game of Authors , a card game in which players try to collect sets of four book titles by one author at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Vintage All Aboard for Chicago boxed game by Parker Brothers of Salem, MA at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Union Building Blocks No 4 vintage construction set by Richter & Co. of Germany at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.The Game of Authors & Game of Peter Coddles at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.The Game of Authors (created by Anne Abbott), a card game in which players try to collect sets of four book titles by one author at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Vintage All Aboard for Chicago boxed game by Parker Brothers of Salem, MA at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Dissected Map of the United States by McLoughlin Bros. of NY, among first generation of jigsaw puzzles, at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.District Messenger Boy or Merit Rewarded board game by McLoughlin Bros. at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Zippy Zepps Air Game by Alderman, Fairchild, Rochester, NY based on public interest in the Zeppelin flights of that era at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Round The World with Nellie Bly jigsaw which completed makes a board game themed on the journalist's circumnavigation of the globe at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Dissected Map of the United States by McLoughlin Bros. of NY, among first generation of jigsaw puzzles, at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.District Messenger Boy or Merit Rewarded board game (1886) by McLoughlin Bros. at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Zippy Zepps Air Game (c1920's) by Alderman, Fairchild, Rochester, NY based on public interest in the Zeppelin flights of that era at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Round The World with Nellie Bly jigsaw (1890) which completed makes a board game themed on the journalist's circumnavigation of the globe at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
The Charge board game themed on Teddy Roosevelt leading the charge up San Juan Hill at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Dewey's Victory board game themed on Admiral Dewey's conquest at Manila at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Animal Ten Pins board game with bagpipe playing rabbit on cover at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Keep 'Em Rolling for Victory hand held dexterity game at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
The Charge (1899) board game themed on Teddy Roosevelt leading the charge up San Juan Hill at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Dewey's Victory (1898) board game themed on Admiral Dewey's conquest at Manila at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Animal Ten Pins board game with bagpipe playing rabbit on cover at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Keep 'Em Rolling for Victory (c1941) hand held dexterity game at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Toy squirrels playing cards at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Stacking blocks with zoo & other scenes at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Doll house depicting wealthy home at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Doll house at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Toy squirrels playing cards at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Stacking blocks with zoo & other scenes (pre 1900s) at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Doll house (19th C) depicting wealthy home at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Doll house at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Doll house with street scene at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.19th C dolls with finely sewn costumes at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Barnum's Great Menagerie play set at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Vintage toy soldier set at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Doll house with street scene at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.19th C dolls with finely sewn costumes at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Barnum's Great Menagerie play set (manufacturer Elastolin) at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Vintage toy soldier set at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Plush Teddy bear at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Teddy Roosevelt Bear pitcher at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Teddy Roosevelt Bear pitcher with school scene at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY."Mabel", a bisque doll at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Plush Teddy bear at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Teddy Roosevelt Bear pitcher at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Teddy Roosevelt Bear pitcher with school scene at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY."Mabel", a bisque doll (c1900) (made by J.D. Kestner) at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Vintage photo of young Margaret Woodbury Strong holding her doll at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Vintage dolls and stuffed animals on display at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY."Lucky Lindy" doll at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Lone Ranger & Tonto figures at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Vintage photo of young Margaret Woodbury Strong holding her doll at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Vintage dolls and stuffed animals on display at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY."Lucky Lindy" doll (c1920s) at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Lone Ranger & Tonto figures at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Mechanical toys beating drum & riding tricycle at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Cast iron toy models of fire engines & vehicles seen on city streets at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Toy steam engine & steam boat at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Cast iron toy model of steam pumper fire engine at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Mechanical toys beating drum & riding tricycle at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Cast iron toy models of fire engines & vehicles seen on city streets at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Toy steam engine & steam boat at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Cast iron toy model of steam pumper fire engine at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Toy models of trucks, cars & other vehicles at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Toy models of railroad engine & cars at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Mickey Mouse Circus Train & other Lionel train sets at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Train set with military vehicles, ships & planes at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Toy models of trucks, cars & other vehicles at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Toy models of railroad engine & cars at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Mickey Mouse Circus Train (c1930s) & other Lionel train sets at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Train set with military vehicles, ships & planes at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Lionel train set, Erector Master Builder Set & Lincoln Logs at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Erector toy blimp at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Boxed Erector Walking Robot set at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Model Jet Assist Take Off plane at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Lionel train set, Erector Master Builder Set & Lincoln Logs at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Erector toy blimp at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Boxed Erector Walking Robot set at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Model Jet Assist Take Off (JATO) plane at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Wooden steamship Ontario model toy at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Wooden sidewheeler model toy at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Dollhouse decorated with sea shells at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Model streetcar at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Wooden steamship Ontario model toy (c1910) at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Wooden sidewheeler model toy (c1900) at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Dollhouse decorated with sea shells (1910) at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Model streetcar at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Toy trains at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Model western town & toy train at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Toy trains by Lionel at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Steerable snow sleds at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Toy trains at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Model western town & toy train at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Toy trains by Lionel at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Steerable snow sleds at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Aluminum cookie cutters at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Jet plane stationary ride by NASCO of New York, NY at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Detail of James A. Garfield for President quilt at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Benj. Harrison & Levi Morton presidential promotion handkerchief at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Aluminum cookie cutters (c1934-40) at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Jet plane stationary ride (1955-60) by NASCO of New York, NY at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Detail of James A. Garfield for President quilt (c1881) at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Benj. Harrison & Levi Morton presidential promotion handkerchief (1888) at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Benj. Harrison detail on Presidential election promotion handkerchief at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Colonel Theodore Roosevelt campaign button at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Serving platter with White House & presidents by French China Co. of Sebring, OH at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Our Hero Thomas Dewey glass flask celebrates capture of Manila at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Benj. Harrison detail on Presidential election promotion handkerchief (1888) at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Colonel Theodore Roosevelt campaign button at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Serving platter with White House & presidents (1898-1916) by French China Co. of Sebring, OH at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Our Hero Thomas Dewey glass flask (c1898) celebrates capture of Manila at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Chinese export porcelain hot water dish from Ching-Te-Chen, China at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Souvenirs of Statue of Liberty at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Souvenir bottles & packages of Statue of Liberty at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Statue of Liberty tea pot at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Chinese export porcelain hot water dish (c1820) from Ching-Te-Chen, China at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Souvenirs of Statue of Liberty at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Souvenir bottles & packages of Statue of Liberty at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Statue of Liberty tea pot at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Free form tea pot with golden surface at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Baccarat vase with snake coiled around base from France at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Collection of colored glass at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Blue & gold Aurene vases by Steuben Glass of Corning, NY at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Free form tea pot with golden surface at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Baccarat vase with snake coiled around base (1876) from France at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Collection of colored glass at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Blue & gold Aurene vases (c1910-20) by Steuben Glass of Corning, NY at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Cater set on silver dragon boat by Weidlich Bros. Mfg. Co. of Bridgeport, CT at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Garniture glass set by Pairpoint Mfg. Co. of New Bedford, MA at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Burmese glass vases by Mt. Washington Glass Co. of New Bedford, MA at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Rabbit crackleware cup & saucer by Dedham Pottery of Dedham, MA at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Cater set on silver dragon boat (c1901) by Weidlich Bros. Mfg. Co. of Bridgeport, CT at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Garniture glass set (c1925) by Pairpoint Mfg. Co. of New Bedford, MA at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Burmese glass vases (c1885-90) by Mt. Washington Glass Co. of New Bedford, MA at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Rabbit crackleware cup & saucer (1900) by Dedham Pottery of Dedham, MA at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Arts & Crafts style dinner service on oak table at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Pig beer stein by C.G. Schierholtz & son of Plaue, Germany at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Cobalt blue beer stein in form of man with pipe & smoking jacket from Germany at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Field of Play sports exhibit at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Arts & Crafts style dinner service on oak table at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Pig beer stein (c1890) by C.G. Schierholtz & son of Plaue, Germany at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Cobalt blue beer stein in form of man with pipe & smoking jacket from Germany at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Field of Play sports exhibit at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
One History Place turn-of-the-century home at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Walk-in helicopter model in Kid to Kid area at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Bunny measures size of little visitors at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.The Parlor reading area at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
One History Place turn-of-the-century home at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Walk-in helicopter model in Kid to Kid area at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Bunny measures size of little visitors at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.The Parlor reading area at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
The Kitchen with wood stove & old fashioned kitchen equipment at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Doll house collection at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Reading Adventureland display at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Mystery Mansion at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
The Kitchen with wood stove & old fashioned kitchen equipment at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Doll house collection at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Reading Adventureland display at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Mystery Mansion at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
J.R.R. Tolkien book display at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Troll Booth at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Decorative dragon at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Vintage children's literature about exploring Africa with literature by Teddy Roosevelt at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
J.R.R. Tolkien book display at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY. On National Register.Troll Booth at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Decorative dragon at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Vintage children's literature (late 19th to early 20th C) about exploring Africa with literature by Teddy Roosevelt at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Toy model of Teddy Roosevelt in camp during African exploration at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Pinball Playfields exhibit at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Star-Trek & Game of Thrones pinball machines at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.World's Fair Jigsaw pinball machine at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Toy model of Teddy Roosevelt in camp during African exploration (c1909) at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Pinball Playfields exhibit at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Star-Trek & Game of Thrones pinball machines at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.World's Fair Jigsaw pinball machine (1930s) at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Whiffle a precursor to pinball machines at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Bumpers! which introduced electric coil scoring bumpers at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Flippers! which added electromechanical flippers to Humpty Dumpty at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.
Whiffle (1931) (by Arthur Pauline) a precursor to pinball machines at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Bumpers! (1936) (Bally Manufacturing Co.) which introduced electric coil scoring bumpers at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.Flippers! (1947) (Harry Mabs of D. Gottlieb & Co) which added electromechanical flippers to Humpty Dumpty at The Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester, NY.

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