Chances are that you may have never heard of Margaret Strong, but as a collector, I have the utmost respect for her endeavors that led to the creation of The Strong’s National Museum of Play. Born at the end of the nineteenth century, she traveled the world and accumulated more than twenty-seven thousand dolls, as well as countless other items of interest – mostly toys. She expanded her home, already thirty rooms in size, by adding two
gallery style wings. She had plans to add yet another wing and a lecture room to hold all the “goodies” but passed away in 1969 before ground had been broken.

In 1982, her dream became a reality when the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum opened its doors to the Rochester community. Now, as it is approaching its thirty-year anniversary, the museum has expanded to over 282,000 square feet and serves a global audience. While the dolls are certainly still a centerpiece of the museum, now called The Strong’s National Museum of Play, a large percentage of the facility is dedicated to interactive video games!

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