As a VENUE: Host your event…

The Strong Museum offers a unique and memorable setting for meetings, receptions, and other special events. Whether it’s a: * business meeting for a dozen * a dinner for 25, or * a reception for 250, the museum has just the right space to meet any host’s needs. Six distinctive rental spaces are offered:

  • G. Rollie Adams Atrium: Located on the first floor in the heart of the museum’s exhibit galleries, the G. Rollie Adams Atrium is a bright, spacious area ideally suited (during non-public hours) for: * Receptions * Dinner parties, and * Elegant events. Capacity: * Reception: 200, and Seated Event: 150.
  • Main Lobby: This large, welcoming space on the museum’s first floor, which includes Rainbow Reef aquariums, is available (during non-public hours) for: * Grazing receptions, and * Cocktail parties. Capacity: * reception: 250, and * Seated Event: 100.
  • Paychex Theater: Located on the first floor right off the main lobby, which includes: * a stage with a podium * AV equipment for presentation needs, and * comfortable chairs. Capacity: Theatre-seating: 290
  • Toy Halls of Fame: The Toy Halls of Fame, located on the museum’s second floor, is available during non-public hours. The Toy Halls of Fame provides a playful backdrop for conversation among guests and is ideally suited for: * Grazing receptions * Cocktail parties, and  * Dinner parties. Capacity: * Reception: 75, and * Seated Event: 50.
  • Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: A visit to the lush, indoor butterfly garden on the museum’s first floor can be added to a reception or special event (during non-public hours).
  • Entire Museum: Planning a larger event? The entire museum includes two floors of exhibit spaces for guests to enjoy. Hosts will be available to assist with the exhibit experience.

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As a SHOP: Discover unique gifts…

The museum shop, Everything for Play!, is located near admissions at the Howell Street entrance. General museum admission is not required to access the shop. Museum members save 10% in the shop every day! Purchases in the shop help support the museum’s mission. With gifts for all ages, the museum’s shop is the perfect place to find classic and new toys. Find gifts themed around the museum’s permanent exhibits, such as Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street? and Berenstain Bears, as well as short-term exhibits, puzzles, crafts, and educational games, and toys featured in the National Toy Hall of Fame.

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As an EATERY: Food for thought…

Two distinctive places serve the Museum: Bill Gray’s Skyliner Diner and the Food Court.

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Be a DONOR: Show that you care…


If you enjoy your museum experience and plan to return throughout the year, membership provides a great value. A membership to The Strong offers free general museum admission for twelve months and represents a cost-effective way for families to visit the museum frequently. When you become an upper-level member to The Strong, you cast a vote of confidence in a community cornerstone that offers transformative educational programs and unique cultural experiences. Give the gift of membership – the gift that gives all year long! Memberships at specified levels are offered: * Basic * Basic 5 * Basic 6 * Benefactor * Sustaining * Leading, and * Presidential.


We are so grateful for generous donors who support the museum’s operations and programs. Please consider supporting the many children and families who find joy at The Strong by making a gift today! Donations at six specified levels are offered. Memorial and honor gifts are meaningful ways to pay tribute to someone or commemorate a special occasion. These amounts are of your choice.

  • Annual Gifts: Annual gifts from members and friends of The Strong help to provide free museum access for thousands of Rochester-area children and families who might otherwise not have an opportunity to experience the museum. These programs ensure that each year thousands of children and adults with financial, physical, and social limitations can visit the museum and experience its rich educational resources and unique play environment. Annual gifts also provide critical funding for ongoing preservation efforts. Donors help The Strong to grow, conserve, and preserve the world’s most comprehensive collection of toys, dolls, games, and other historical materials related to play and to advance the study of play. In addition, annual gifts support museum research and publication activities that advance the study of play.
  • Memorial Gifts: Making a memorial or honor gift to The Strong is a meaningful way to pay tribute to someone or commemorate a special occasion. This tax-deductible gift provides a uniquely thoughtful way to honor a birthday, anniversary, or other occasion, or to memorialize a life well lived. In addition to recognizing loved ones, memorial gifts of all sizes help to fund educational opportunities and community outreach experiences at The Strong.
  • Gifts of Stock: The Strong is pleased to accept gifts of marketable public stock. Transferring stocks can allow donors to make a difference at The Strong while avoiding costly capital-gains taxation and receiving an income-tax deduction based on the transferred stocks’ fair market value.
  • Planned Giving: Financial donors play a vital role in ensuring the stability of The Strong museum and its ongoing service to families, schools, and individuals. Planning now to make a deferred gift will help ensure that The Strong experience will be available to future generations. Through foresight and generosity, individuals can work with the museum to fulfill long-term philanthropic goals while managing current tax situations. A deferred gift may also afford the opportunity to make a more significant gift than might otherwise be possible. Planned gifts may be made using any of the following vehicles:
    • Bequests
    • Appreciated Securities
    • Charitable Remainder Trust
    • Charitable Lead Trusts
    • Life Insurance Policies
  • Corporate Partners: Corporate Partners enjoy a suite of benefits to share with their employees while providing critical funding for The Strong – a highly visible community cornerstone that attracts nearly 600,000 visitors each year. The Strong’s Corporate Partners are organizations that are investing in the community and the lives of their employees. We invite you to join other businesses and corporations who partner with the museum and support The Strong’s exhibits, programs, and preservation efforts.
  • Corporate Sponsorship: Sponsoring an exhibit or program at The Strong allows businesses to increase visibility among one of the region’s largest consumer bases of families with children – while also supporting a vital educational resource.
  • In-Kind Contributions: The Strong is grateful to businesses that contribute materials, supplies, or services the museum would otherwise need to purchase.

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