Toy Industry Hall of Fame

Friday, February 16, 2018
in New York City

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Hall of Fame at the Strong

The Toy Industry Hall of Fame has a new home!

The new, state-of-the-art Toy Halls of Fame exhibit was unveiled at The Strong museum in Rochester, NY on September 17, 2015. This cutting-edge installation features inductees of both the Toy Industry Hall of Fame and National Toy Hall of Fame under one roof, showcasing the toys beloved by generations and the toy industry trailblazers who helped bring those toys to life.

Museum-goers are invited to learn about the toys in the National Toy Hall of Fame and luminaries in the Toy Industry Hall of Fame at two 10-foot kiosks at the center of the exhibit, each featuring etched glass plaques and touch screen monitors with biographical information about each inductee.

In addition, the exhibit features five themed areas — imagine, create, build, move, and compete — and encourages families to experience first-hand the magic of play.

Exhibit Highlights

The Toy Industry Hall of Fame is now housed alongside the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong museum in Rochester, New York.

As guests climb the dramatic staircase, they are greeted by a gallery of animated portraits of classic toys that move and interact in humorous ways.

Visitors can learn about the luminaries in the Toy Industry Hall of Fame and toys in the National Toy Hall of Fame at two dramatically lit, 10-foot kiosks.

The two Hall of Fame kiosks feature glass plaques and touch-screen monitors with biographical information about every inductee.

Museum-goers can use Kinect motion-control to play with classic toys and Crayon easels in a 24-foot-long virtual playroom.

A 20-foot-tall bubble tower lets guests create virtual bubbles that can be moved and popped by motion-capture technology.

Made possible in part by:

  • Neil B. Friedman
  • Funrise Toy Corporation
  • Hasbro Children’s Fund, Inc.
  • The Hassenfeld Foundation
  • LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.
  • Tom & Karen Kalinske
  • LEGO Systems, Inc.
  • Mattel Children’s Foundation
  • Pressman Toy Corporation
  • Radio Flyer, Inc.
  • Toys“R”Us, Inc.

This project is supported by New York State's Empire State Development and the I ♥ NY Division of Tourism under Governor Andrew Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Council Initiative. Additional grant funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Strong is dedicated to examining the ways in which play encourages learning, creativity, and discovery, and illuminates cultural history, and is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted exclusively to play. The museum boasts the world’s most comprehensive collection of toys, dolls, games, electronic games, books, photographs, documents, and other historical materials related to play. In addition to the National Toy Hall of Fame, The Strong houses the National Museum of Play, the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, and the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, as well as publishes the American Journal of Play.

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