Three upstate New York museums have been named among the top 10 in the country, and they’re all in one city.
USA Today has released its list of the top 10 museums, chosen by its readers in separate polls. The Strong National Museum of Play, the George Eastman Museum and the Rochester Museum & Science Center, all located in Rochester, have been ranked in the top 10 science, art and children’s museums.
Here’s the skinny on these three nationally ranked museums:
The Strong Museum has been ranked among the top 10 children’s museums in the country. It was founded in 1968 by Margaret Woodbury Strong, the only child of a wealthy family and an avid toy collector. The original incarnation of the museum was the “Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum of Fascination”. It has since undergone several expansions and now houses 100,000 square feet of exhibits and approximately 500,000 artifacts. It is also home to the National Toy Hall of Fame and the World Video Game Hall of Fame.
The George Eastman Museum is ranked among the top 10 art museums in the United States. It is located inside the historic mansion and former home of George Eastman, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, whose groundbreaking work in photography inspired countless technological advancements in capturing still and moving images. You can visit the beautifully manicured gardens or catch a movie at the 500-seat Dryden Theatre.
The Rochester Museum & Science Center is ranked among the top 10 science museums, alongside other nationally recognized science centers like the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC and the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. It dates from 1912 and offers a little something for everyone. It also houses the Strasenburgh planetarium. Oh, and there are dinosaurs, which automatically makes any museum awesome.
For the full list of top museums ranked by USA Today, visit 10best.com.
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