The Strong

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The Strong® is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It is one of the largest history museums in the United States and one of the leading museums serving families and children.

The Strong houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play and is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play. Together, these enable a multifaceted array of research, exhibition, and other interpretive and educational activities that serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.

Play for Life book cover ROCHESTER, New York—The Strong is pleased to announce that it will publish Play for Life: Play Theory and Play as Emotional Survival (January 2017), an edited compilation that contains, among other features, the final book-length manuscript...
One toy takes its riders to new heights, and the other two let the imagination soar. The simple, ancient swing; game-changing Dungeons & Dragons; and the colorful, creative Fisher-Price Little People today became the...
Toy Halls of Fame exhibit at The Strong museum Exhibit Brings Together the National Toy Hall of Fame and Toy Industry Hall of Fame Rochester, New York  | August 13, 2015—A cutting-edge, $4 million state-of-the-art Toy Halls of Fame exhibit at The Strong museum will be...
The Strong National Toy Hall of Fame ROCHESTER, New York—Do you have a favorite toy that deserves to join the likes of Tonka Trucks, Monopoly, Slinky, Rubik’s Cube, and other classic playthings enshrined in The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame? The deadline for...
American Journal of Play ROCHESTER, NY—Play must be studied because it’s one of four core pathways of the human experience, according to an interview with Thomas Henricks, professor at Elon University and one of the country’s foremost play theorists,...
“Europe Divided into its Kingdoms” is a 1766 puzzle, the world’s very first jigsaw puzzle Preparation for the new Toy Halls of Fame is in full swing at The Strong. Part of the preparation for the exhibit’s opening in September 2015 involves assessing objects to make sure that they can be safely displayed in a way that will...
2015 World Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees Pong, Pac-Man, Tetris, Super Mario Bros., Doom, and World of Warcraft ROCHESTER, New York—The games in the inaugural class of The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame™ span multiple decades, countries...
World Video Game Hall of Fame 15 Finalists Inaugural Class to be Announced June 4 ROCHESTER, New York—Which video games will make it into the first class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame this June? Will Super Mario Bros. jump its way past the competition? Will ...
World-Renowned Play Scholar Brian Sutton-Smith Brian Sutton-Smith, widely regarded as one of the foremost play scholars of the last 100 years, passed away Saturday, March 7 at the age of 90 in White River Junction, Vermont. In his lifetime, Sutton-Smith authored dozens of books, his most famous of...
The Strong Launches World Video Game Hall of Fame Nominations for 2015 Induction Accepted Online through March 31 ROCHESTER, New York—The Strong (home of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games and the National Toy Hall of Fame) is pleased to announce that it has...
Rubik's Cube, 1980 - Courtesy of The Strong, Rochester, New York. Initially known as the Magic Cube, today’s Rubik’s Cube—a six-sided puzzler that has challenged several generations—holds the title of best-selling toy of all time. Along with bubbles and little green army men, Rubik’s...