Nominations Now Open for The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame

The following article is based on a press release issued by The Strong on June 18, 2014.

June 25, 2014 | Toy lovers across the country are encouraged to nominate their favorite classic toy or game for induction into The Strong museum’s National Toy Hall of Fame in 2014. Submissions are being accepted now through Thursday, July 31st.

This year’s inductees will join the ranks of 53 classic playthings that have been enshrined in the National Toy Hall of Fame since 1998, including last year’s inductees, chess and rubber duck.

Kids and parents may submit their nominations online or by mailing their written selections to The Strong at One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607.

Did You Know?
The Strong and the Toy Industry Association have forged a partnership to house TIA’s Toy Industry Hall of Fame alongside the National Toy Hall of Fame in a cutting-edge museum installation at The Strong. The $4 million exhibit will "recognize America's favorite toys alongside the individuals who designed, made and sold them." Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2015, and will help to kick off TIA’s 100th anniversary celebrations. 

An internal museum advisory committee made up of educators, curators and historians will review each submitted nomination and determine which toys meet the criteria for selection (icon status, longevity, discovery and innovation). A national selection committee will then review the narrowed slate of toys and vote for his or her top pick for induction.

On Thursday, November 6, 2014, the toys receiving the most votes will be inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. A weekend-long celebration for families will follow at The Strong’s headquarters in Rochester, NY on Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9.

More information is available at

The Strong is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to the history and exploration of play. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the 
American Journal of Play and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play.