Media Calendar

Updated: April 2, 2018

 

The Strong® Museum
Exhibits and Events Calendar 
April Through June 2018

Short-Term Exhibits

Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails (Through May 6, 2018)
Meet favorite steam engines Thomas, Percy, and Gordon; explore the unique landscape of Sodor; and help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of math and science-based challenges. Dress up as a conductor, guide a train around a steep curve, use rods and wrenches to fix Percy’s wobbly wheels, and more. © 2018 Gullane (Thomas) Limited. Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails! was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum, presented by Fisher-Price and sponsored by 3M.

Upcoming Exhibits

Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns (June 9–September 3)
Back by popular demand, explore the ways that science fiction books, toys, movies, and video games have captured people’s imaginations and shaped the way they play. Travel to distant futures and faraway galaxies to explore key sci-fi themes in zones that couple artifacts from The Strong’s collections with dynamic, hands-on activities. Produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games in partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology.​

Jigsaw Puzzles: Putting it All Together (June 23–October 12)
Explore the evolution of jigsaw puzzles learn how they have been made through the years. See dozens of puzzle examples, including one of the first puzzles ever made, wooden puzzles form the 18th and 19th century, and modern examples featuring pop-culture icons. Produced by The Strong.

DAILY EVENTS
April through June 2018

April 2018

1–30

Orchids in Bloom. Delight in more than 150 colorful orchids from around the globe in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Garden admission fees apply.

1–8

Family Game Break Week. Get creative with fun activities courtesy of eeBoo. Travel to craft stations around the museum to try your hand at a matching game with trucks and buses, decorate a silly face, make a spaceship out of stickers, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.

9, 16, 23 & 30

Mondays—Storytime Club. Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Things That Go. Fly, ride, and zoom through tales about transportation. Included with general museum admission fees.

9

Monday—Museum Mondays for Seniors: America at Play Tour. Meet history’s playful side at The Strong from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take a guided tour of The Strong’s America at Play exhibit with a museum staff member and explore more than 300 years of play. Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700. Photo ID is required at the time of the visit. Sponsored by MVP Health Care.

16

Monday—Storytime Club. (See April 9 listing.)

16, 23 & 30

Mondays—Museum Mondays for Seniors: Butterfly Garden Experience. Meet history’s playful side at The Strong from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This three-hour experience includes general museum admission plus 20 minutes in the museum’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700. Photo ID is required at the time of the visit. Sponsored by MVP Health Care.

20

Friday—Eastman Community Music School Performance. Join Eastman Community Music School faculty for a short concert followed by a question and answer session in the Adams Atrium. Included with general museum admission fees.

21–22

Saturday & Sunday—Princess Palooza. Celebrate Earth Day with your favorite princesses! Join Snow White to uncover which critters left their tracks in the forest, create a rock troll with the Snow Princess, use recycled materials to make a giant tic-tac-toe board with Belle, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.

21–22

Saturday & Sunday—Mario the Maker Magician Performances. Buy tickets for this special performance on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. Be wowed by the magical and inventive skills of the nationally renowned Mario the Maker Magician when he appears at The Strong for two shows only. Mario the Maker Magician—a regular on Sesame Street and NBCUniversal’s Sprout Channel—combines traditional magic with creative inventions evocative of the Maker Movement, from a robotic monkey sideshow to spinning lapel flowers. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online

23

Monday—Storytime Club. (See April 9 listing.)

23

Monday—Museum Mondays for Seniors. (See April 16 listing.)

28 & 29

Saturday & Sunday—All Aboard! Trains Weekend. Meet with conductors from the New York Museum of Transportation marvel at unique model railroad displays from Genesee & Ontario Model N-Gineers, Rochester Area S-Gaugers, Edgerton Model Railroad Club, and more. Check out the Thomas & FriendsTM: Explore the Rails! exhibit and enjoy one free ride per person on The Strong Express Train with paid admission. Included with general museum admission fees.

28 Saturday—Story Quest! Interactive Performance. Enjoy an interactive performance of Story Quest! by College of Brockport students. Journey through a magical forest and meet the whimsical animals that call it their home. Watch as the animals go on an adventure that helps them learn the true meaning of friendship.​ Included with general museum admission fees. 
30

Monday—Storytime Club. (See April 9 listing.)

30

Monday—Museum Mondays for Seniors. (See April 16 listing.)

May 2018
1–14

Orchids in Bloom. Delight in more than 150 colorful orchids from around the globe in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Garden admission fees apply.

4

Thursday—World Video Game Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Be part of the excitement when the Be part of the excitement when the 2018 video game honorees are revealed in a public ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Included with general museum admission fees.

5 & 6

Saturday & Sunday—World Video Game Hall of Fame Celebration Weekend. Celebrate past and present inductees into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Dance to video game-inspired music performed by the three-man band Glitch, snap a photo of yourself as a character from The Sims, journey through a giant Pac-Man board, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.

6

Sunday—Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails! Exhibit Closing. Don’t miss our last chance to see the Thomas & FriendsTM: Explore the Rails! exhibit. Meet favorite steam engines, such as Thomas, Percy, Gordon, and others. Explore the unique landscape of Sodor and help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of math and science-based challenges. Dress up as a conductor, guide a train around a steep curve by adjusting its speed, use rods and wrenches to fix Percy’s wobbly wheels, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.

7, 14 & 21

Mondays—Storytime Club. Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Everyday Heroes. Discover stories about friendly neighbors and community helpers. Included with general museum admission fees.

7

Monday—Museum Mondays for Seniors: America at Play Tour. Meet history’s playful side at The Strong from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take a guided tour of The Strong’s America at Play exhibit with a museum staff member and explore more than 300 years of play. Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700. Photo ID is required at the time of the visit. Sponsored by MVP Health Care.

12

Saturday—Elaine Wilson Carousel 100th Anniversary. Celebrate 100 years of the Elaine Wilson Carousel. Learn how museum conservators care for and preserve one of the largest artifacts in The Strong’s collection from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit representatives from the Hershell Carousel Factory Museum, design your own carousel horse, and enjoy one free ride per person on the carousel with paid admission. Included with general museum admission fees.

14

Monday—Storytime Club. (See May 7 listing.)

14 & 21

Mondays—Museum Mondays for Seniors: Butterfly Garden Experience. Meet history’s playful side at The Strong from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This three-hour experience includes general museum admission plus 20 minutes in the museum’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700. Photo ID is required at the time of the visit. Sponsored by MVP Health Care.

19 & 20 Saturday & Sunday—Discover Neverland Weekend​. ​Discover the magic of Neverland. Get a sprinkle of fairy dust from Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, journey through the museum on a treasure hunt, walk the plank on the Jolly Roger ship, and more. Be inspired to build your own fairy house for the Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour. Included with general museum admission fees.
21

Monday—Storytime Club. (See May 7 listing.)

21

Monday—Museum Mondays for Seniors. (See May 14 listing.)

June 2018
4 Monday—Storytime Club. Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Summertime Fun. Spring into summer with stories about sunshine, nature, and outdoor activities. Meet and take pictures with Rochester Red Wings’ mascot Spike from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees. 
9 & 10

Saturday & Sunday— Robots, Rockets, and Ray Guns Opening Weekend. Celebrate the return of The Strong’s Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns exhibit. Travel to faraway galaxies through dynamic, hands-on sci-fi activities and discover science fiction books, toys, video games, and other artifacts from The Strong’s collections. Opening weekend only, say hello to a health care robot and an alien from outer space. Help robots transform to disguise their identities, build a rocket and UFO out of recycled materials, team up with a Martian to zap the bad guys, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.

15–25 Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park. Embark on an indoor, action-packed adventure on a 26-foot-wide endurance zone! Conquer the twisted spider web, scale vertical nets six feet off the ground, and test your balance on log swings and rope bridges as you climb from one thrilling area to another. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $4 for members (in addition to general museum admission fees). Find out more information on the museum’s calendar page.
19

Saturday—Jigsaw Puzzles: Putting it All Together Exhibit Opening. Explore the evolution of jigsaw puzzles and see dozens of examples, including one of the first puzzles ever made, wooden puzzles from the 18th and 19th centuries, and a foot-powered jigsaw. Included with general museum admission fees.

 

About The Strong

The Strong is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play.

Known widely as the nation’s museum of play, The Strong blends the best features of both history museums (extensive collections) and children’s museums (high interactivity) to explore the ways in which play encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history.

Facts about The Strong:

  • Holds the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of toys, dolls, games, electronic games, and other historical materials related to play—more than 480,000 items
  • Is the largest cultural attraction in all of Western New York
  • Occupies a 285,000-square-foot facility on 13.5 acres
  • Provides more than 100,000 square-feet of dynamic, hands-on exhibits and displays of artifacts of play
  • Is home to upstate New York’s only year-round, indoor butterfly garden
  • Named the number one family travel destination in the nation by FamilyFun magazine readers

For more information about the museum, please visit museumofplay.org. Public programs underwritten in part by Delta Air Lines, the official airline of The Strong.

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Museum Hours:

Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Strong museum is open 362 days a year. The museum is closed on October 26 (Play Ball Gala), November 22 (Thanksgiving Day), and December 25 (Christmas Day). The museum will close at 4 p.m. on July 4, December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 31 (New Years Eve). The museum will open at noon on January 1 (New Years Day).

Admission Fees: (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden): age 2 and older $15, under age 2 free, members free. Fees subject to change.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $4 for members, $5 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Fees subject to change.

Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis during regular museum hours. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.