After taking the National Lampoon approach to our visit to Niagara Falls and inching our way through border crossing #2, we set our sights for the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY. We had ramped down from the blistering pace we set in Stage 1 of the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition which meant I slowed our driving speed, stopped for a leisurely lunch, and just generally took the pressure off of the Camp Granola crew.
I found out about the Strong National Museum of Play a couple years earlier from a dear friend. I wasn’t rabid to see for myself although I thought it would be cool. It did seem like a place Fred and George shouldn’t miss and I wanted to give them a travel treat for having been such troopers through TBEX.
Our slow pace getting to Rochester meant that by the time we arrived we were within two hours of the museum closing. In most places that would be more than enough time for a casual visit which is what I thought this would be. You can guess where I’m going with this… I was wrong — something that was becoming all-to-thematic on this trip. Anyway, it turns out this place is all kinds of groovy and on a random Monday afternoon we had the place almost entirely to ourselves.
Wonderland of play…
The beauty of this museum is that it embraces all forms of play from video and board games to dancing, comics, art, reading, and everything in between. The museum is the result of Margaret Strong’s love of play and recognition of its value. So enjoy this little photo tour of the museum that I hope conveys the broad scope of play that is celebrated at the Strong National Museum of Play.
I can’t say enough about this wonderful place. I did not expect to be as taken in as I was and had a good laugh with one of the staffers who said he’d not seen an adult so happy to be there. So if you think this place is just for kids, you’re wrong. We need play at all ages and there are certainly enough vintage toys and games at the Strong National Museum of Play to delight every generation.
High on play, we loaded up for the next stop in the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition: Seneca Falls for the National Women’s Rights Museum… That’s for next time though.