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National Toy Hall of Fame - Rochester, NY
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member sagefemme
N 43° 09.142 W 077° 36.122
18T E 288432 N 4781021
Quick Description: The National Toy Hall of Fame is housed at the National Museum of Play in Rochester NY, 1 Manhattan Square Drive, Rochester, NY 14607.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 2/20/2012 3:11:12 PM
Waymark Code: WMDRXQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 5

Long Description:
This is a fitting place for the National Toy Hall of Fame, because with the expansion of the Strong Museum of Play (as it was known before the expansion) in 2006, this became the second largest museum of its type in the United States.

The Museum of Play started in 1969 with the personal collection of Rochester, NY native Margaret Woodbury Strong, the museum opened to the public in 1982. Since then it has refined and increased its collections (hundreds of thousands of items), and expanded twice, in 1997 and 2006.

The newest expansion is also fitting for a place designed for children. There were three parts to the expansion. The Caterpiller is a deconstructionist style three-story building that, in fact, looks somewhat like a caterpiller from almost every angle. The Dancing Wing Butterfly Garden is a butterfly house, that, in fact, looks like a butterfly. Finally, Field of Play is a small "structure resembles a giant pile of colorful children’s blocks and houses an exhibit on the importance of play. The ‘blocks’ are the result of approximately 40 tons of structural steel, custom cut and bolted together at odd angles to support the building’s unusual geometry, then covered with a ’skin’ of bright red, green, blue, yellow, purple, or orange. The sloping, angular construction suggests movement, as if the blocks could be taken apart; and, since the structure has no visible exterior doors or windows, its scale leaves more to the imagination. The building’s brilliant colors are made from five-foot-square panels of a special ’skin-like,’ resin-based cladding material manufactured in Europe and rarely seen in the U.S. This material acts like a skin that ‘breathes’ and has the ability to take on exceptionally rich, intense colors that form a dramatic contrast to the concrete building adjacent to it." (visit link)
Hours of Operation:
Monday–Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.

Admission Prices:
(does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden) Adults: $13 (age 16 and over) Seniors: $12 (age 62 and over) Children: $11 (ages 2 to 15) Children under age 2: FREE Members: Always FREE

Hall of Fame website URL: [Web Link]

Time Required for Full Experience: Half a day

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