This Memorial Day – May 27 – will be the last time visitors to The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York will be able to participate in the Doc McStuffins exhibit.

But there is always something new at The Strong…

In the days before smart phones and televisions, families gathered together around the fire after dinner to play music and games. In a donation from the Liman Collection, The Strong presents an exhibit of games popular over 150 years ago.

Liman Case 2 (side 3)

Included in the exhibit are “The Little Folks Army Infantry”, “Sir Hinkle Funny-Duster”, an early example of the pinball game Tivoli, and the bowling styled game “Mother Hubbard’s Party”.

Also in the exhibit is a video featuring puzzles being assembled and the games being played.

wild kratts shark

Beginning June 8, The Strong will open a new aquatic exhibit based on the PBS Kids series “Wild Kratts”. The exhibit features creatures from the sea, the power of science, and teamwork.

wild kratts characters

Visitors can help Chris and Martin Kratt save the day by crawling through an anemone, exploring a tidal pool, hunting for lunch like a lobster, travel through a biofluorescent coral tunnel, create a dolphin whistle sound and illustration blast air out of a whale’s head, work at a shark-cleaning station, swim like a dragonish in the depths of the sea, and steer a submarine along the ocean floor in search of rarely seen creatures.

Running through September 8, “Wild Kratts: Ocean Adventure!” opens June 8 and 9 with a weekend of aquatic events including fishy facts, learning abut scuba diving, creating life sized sea life, and a puppet play underwater adventure.

The Strong is open Monday–Thursday, 10am to 5pm; Friday and Saturday, 10am. to 8pm.; Sunday, noon to 5pm.


photo credits: courtesy of The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York