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. The Strong houses the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. The Strong's multifaceted array of research, exhibits, and other interpretive and educational activities serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.
To learn why and how The Strong became the first collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to the role of play in learning and human development and the ways in which play illuminates cultural history, read "The Why, How, and What of a Museum of Play: An Interview with George Rollie Adams."
Support and Affiliations
The Strong is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization. It is funded in part by the Margaret Woodbury Strong Trust but also depends on private contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations and upon competitive grants from public agencies such as the Institue of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).
The Strong is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is an institutional member of AAM, the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), the Association of Children's Museums (ACM), and the Museum Association of New York (MANY).