When we hear the word “play” we often associate it with kids, but the Strong Museum which is also known as the National Museum of Play, offers more than 150,000 square feet of lively interactive exhibits for the whole family to enjoy.
The museum offers the world’s biggest collection of toys, games, dolls and other items used to enjoy play time, along with a large selection of programs and activities that include some unforgettable inter-generation fun.
Things to Do and See at the National Museum of Play
The Strong museum, located in Manhattan, is well-known as one of the nation’s most engaging museums for families and kids and has gained the reputation of National Museum of Play. Here are some of the things you can expect to see and do when you visit:
- American Comic Book Heroes: This exhibit lets you grab a cape and leap into the world of superheroes as you learn about seven decades of characters who have fought against evil in the comic book realm. It includes hands-on fun at the Super Powers School, learning about absorbing “gamma rays” in the lab in order to pick up a heavy object, testing super memory, super balance, and maneuvering through an aerial course with super flight!
- Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: This 20 minute experience features a breathtaking opportunity to visit a rain-forest environment along with approximately 1,000 brilliantly-colored, free-flying tropical and native butterflies. While you’re there don’t miss the chrysalis case where you’ll have the opportunity to see emerging butterflies. (Timed tickets required)
- The Strong Express Train: This passenger train runs year round. It offers kids and adults a chance to experience an old-fashion train pulled along by a locomotive down a track surrounded by scenic postcards from around America!
- Down a Sunny Dirt Road: This exhibit lets guests spend the day in Bear Country with the Berenstain Bears at The Strong museum. Take a virtual tour of this exhibit to see what you can expect!
- eGameRevolution: Video game enthusiasts will learn about gaming from the dawn of Pong to today’s hot electronic games. Plan to grab an over-sized joystick to play Giant Tetris, or gobble up opponents on the first 4-player Pac Man game, plus many more games as you learn about how electronic games evolved from other forms of play.
A visit to the National Museum of Play lets kids of all ages sing, dance, explore, create, and discover through the thousands of playthings on display, including iconic toys found in the National Toy Hall of Fame. This list offers just a handful of all the museum has to offer. Be sure to visit their website for more information.