For their newest exhibit The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York stays a little closer to home with “Celebrate the Finger Lakes”.

The exhibit opens August 24 and will run through September 7.

Visitors can check out vendor exhibitions, learn about the area’s agriculture and cultural, and see some special performances; all in a safe socially distanced environment.

Created during an ice age melt, the five Finger Lakes are a unique region of central New York.  The local 4H groups and SNAP-ED offer information on eating healthy, the Rochester Weavers’ Guild will have some of their creations on display of Latinx costumes, learn about traffic safety from the Livingston County Cornell Cooperative Extension, take a photo in a demolition derby car from the Hemlock Fair Demolition Derby, and learn about New York apples with the Apple Growers Association…complete with samples.

Covering two floors, The Strong has lots of space for exhibits, patrons, and space for performers.  Included in the special performances are Hilby the Skinny German Joggle Boy, Grupo Cultural Latino En Rochester, Womba Africa, and bilingual story telling.  The 4H groups will have a BBQ contest and give a cooking demonstration on the final weekend of the exhibit.

Bill Gray’s is offering up some summer snacks and for those who want a little more than a nibble, there will be some food trucks outside near the entrance to the museum.

The Strong also offers a train and carousel, a Pop-Up Midway,  a year round Butterfly Garden, the National Toy Hall of Fame, and the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

In order to ensure a safe environment for staff and visitors, The Strong is offering reserved ticket sessions from 9am to noon and 1 to 4pm daily with additional hours from 5 to 8pm on Friday and Saturday.  All visitors must have a timed ticket in order to enter the museum.

Tickets to The Strong are $16 for non-members over the age of two and free to members and visitors under the age of two.

Entrance to the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden is $4 for members, $5 for non-members, and free to visitors under the age of two.

feature photo credit: courtesy of The Strong in Rochester, NY