Seniors

The Strong offers behind-the-scenes experiences and unforgettable educational opportunities for adults age 55 and older. Through Museum Mondays for Seniors, individuals and groups can receive discounted admission to the museum, along with a guided tour of one of The Strong’s exhibits or admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. The Strong offers additional group programs through its Lifelong Learning: Museum Experiences for Adults program. These in-depth experiences include behind-the-scenes exploration of the museum’s archives, collections, and butterfly garden.

Museum Mondays for Seniors

Select Mondays, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Tickets are $10 per person.

Margaret Woodbury Strong Guided Tour

Enjoy a 20-minute guided tour beginning at 11:30 a.m. and discover the life of museum founder Margaret Woodbury Strong. Learn how the philanthropist—who was at one time the second richest woman in the world—shared the importance of play with people in the Rochester community through her vast collections of objects from around the world, including miniatures and dollhouses. View artifacts that she treasured, including her favorite doll, Mabel. This three-hour experience includes general admission to explore the museum before or after the guided tour.

Butterfly Garden Experience

Explore nature play, a favorite pastime of museum founder Margaret Woodbury Strong. This experience includes general museum admission to The Strong museum plus time to stroll Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden—a lush, indoor garden with hundreds of tropical butterflies. From April 5 through May 13, check out hundreds of colorful orchids from around the world during Orchids in Bloom.

Tickets are required and may be purchased online or by calling Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700. Photo ID is required at the time of the visit.

Lifelong Learning: Group Experiences for Adults Age 55 and Older

The Strong offers behind-the-scenes experiences and unforgettable educational opportunities for lifelong learners amid the museum’s world-class collections, interactive exhibit spaces, and indoor and outdoor gardens. These playful experiences are designed to accommodate a range of interests and physical abilities.

Tickets are $15 per person. To book any of the programs below exclusively for your group, on the day of your choosing, please contact Guest Information Services at 585-263-2700 or fill out the online form.

Programs

Butterfly Talk

Enjoy a classroom-style talk with The Strong’s museum biologist, who will provide fascinating facts and information about butterflies. Then join a guided tour of Upstate New York’s only year-round, indoor butterfly garden. Stroll among lush, tropical foliage and flowers. Encounter hundreds of exotic butterflies from around the world. Participate in a butterfly release when newly emerged butterflies are released into free flight. Spend the remainder of your time on your own exploring the museum.

Duration: 1 hour
Activity level: Easy (some walking)
Maximum group size: 30

Behind-the-Scenes at The Strong

Have you ever wondered how exhibits are created or how artifacts are stored? In the company of a museum curatorial team member, enjoy a rare opportunity to visit a state-of-the-art collection storage facility. View an amazing array of artifacts of play, some seldom seen by the public and others awaiting display in upcoming exhibits. Then stop by the museum’s fabrication area to talk with the people who conceptualize and design The Strong’s spectacular exhibits.

Duration: 90 minutes
Activity level: Moderate (walking, standing)
Maximum group size: 26

Collector’s Corner: Margaret Woodbury Strong

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about the life and dreams of one of Rochester’s foremost collectors. Who was Margaret Woodbury Strong, and how did her life and collections inspire The Strong museum? A museum archivist introduces you to the museum’s founder through documents, photographs, and other archival materials. Discover how Margaret set the wheels in motion for what would become the world’s largest collection of toys, dolls, board games, video games, and other historic materials related to play at The Strong—the largest museum in the world dedicated to the study and exploration of play.

Duration: 90 minutes
Activity level: Easy (some walking)
Maximum group size: 40

Accessibility

The Strong welcomes guests of all abilities and is committed to providing quality, accessible experiences. Most areas of The Strong are wheelchair and walker accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.