Plan a Class Visit

The Strong’s teacher-led educational experiences are available for students in pre-K through grade 3. See individual lesson descriptions or Theme Days and other special program offerings for specific dates and times. School visits to the museum are by reservation only.

Call 585-263-2700 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. to register or inquire about school visits.


School lesson with full-day museum admission

$9 per student

Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden lesson
with full-day museum admission

$10 per student

Field trip (full-day museum admission)

$7.50 per student

Theme Day with full-day museum admission

$9 per student

School lesson only (does not include full-day
museum admission)

$7.50 per student

Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden lesson only
(does not include full-day museum admission)

$8.50 per student

Add $5 per person for each additional lesson booked on the same day for the same students.
Add $5 per person to include a Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden experience.
Add $1 per person to add a train or carousel ride.

Ten students minimum required for school lessons and field trip experiences. School visits to the museum are by reservation only.

Transportation arrangements are the responsibility of the visiting school. The museum is close to many downtown bus routes.

Funding Assistance

There are three ways to apply for funding assistance:

  • An admission discount of $2 off per student is available for Rochester City School District class visits. Call 585-263-2700 for more information.
  • Transportation funding of $125 per bus is available to a limited number of classes in Monroe County through the Ruth D. Maurer Memorial Fund, established in memory of long-time museum volunteer Ruth Maurer. Demonstration of need is required. Complete the funding request form online or call 585-263-2700 for more information.
  • For schools participating in the BOCES Arts in Education program, lesson costs may be eligible for state aid. Please contact Young Audiences of Rochester at 585-530-2060 for more information.

Adult Chaperons

Adult chaperons are required to accompany students on museum visits. Adult chaperons must be at least 18 years of age. For pre-k classes, one chaperon for every three students (1:3 adult-to-child ratio) is recommended. For kindergarten through grade 8, one adult chaperon for every five students (1:5 adult-to-child ratio) is suggested. For high school classes, one chaperon for every eight students (1:8 adult-to-child ratio) is recommended. Chaperons fulfilling the adult-to-child ratios may also enter Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden with the students if the class is scheduled for a butterfly lesson.

Chaperons may not bring children other than the students they are supervising on the school visit. While in the museum, chaperons are responsible for the behavior of the children in their care.

Lunch Reservations

Lunch may be brought by students or ordered in advance from food court vendors on a menu designed specifically for school groups. Advance reservations for lunch seating are required for all school groups planning to eat at the museum. Lunches ordered from the food court will be delivered to a space reserved for students in the school lunchroom. Groups of 10 or more planning to order from the food court must preorder at least two weeks prior to the scheduled visit. Please note that groups not registered for a school program may not reserve lunch space.

Download a lunch menu or call 585-263-2700 for more information.



Cash, check (made payable to The Strong), money order, or credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover Card) may be used to pay for the entire group upon arrival at the museum. Please consolidate payments for lessons into a single transaction. If billing is preferred, a purchase order is required. 


Payment for pre-ordered school lunches must be made separately from payment for school lesson fees and may not be billed. If not paying with cash, please consolidate payment for the group’s lunch order into a single check or charge transaction. Please submit lunch payment only with the lunch order form; do not combine with lesson payment.

Prior to Arriving at the Museum

  • Discuss the day’s plan and schedule with all chaperons and students prior to your visit. This helps everyone know what to expect.
  • Create name tags. This will help personalize the visit.
  • Review museum guidelines.

Museum Guidelines

Please review these guidelines prior to arrival at the museum.

  • Chaperons must stay with an assigned group of children while at the museum. Chaperons are responsible for the safety and behavior of those children.
  • Chaperons must immediately report any emergency or any child separated from the group to a museum staff member.
  • Be considerate of other guests in the museum.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the exhibits. They can damage exhibits and artifacts.

Individuals and groups are subject to the rules and regulations of The Strong. The Strong reserves the right to expel from the premises any person or group, without refund, where the presence or conduct of the individual or group is deemed objectionable by The Strong in its sole discretion, or if the individual or group fails to comply with any and all security measures and applicable laws.

Special Needs

The museum encourages requests from schools and organizations serving individuals with special needs. Museum educators will adapt lessons to create a tailored experience for students. Visit the Accessibility page for social stories and information about accommodations for students with special needs. For more information, please call 585-263-2700. 

Directions and Parking

The Strong is centrally located at One Manhattan Square in downtown Rochester, New York.  

Unless other arrangements have been made prior to the visit, school buses should enter the museum campus through the entrance located at Woodbury Boulevard and proceed straight through to the museum's parking lot. At the end of the lot, take a right and proceed to the education entrance under the blue awning. After unloading, buses will be directed to a designated bus parking area. Parking is free.

All school groups arriving by car or on foot must enter the museum through the main public entrance.

In Case of an Emergency

Museum security staff is certified in First Aid and CPR. If assistance is required, please notify a host (identified by their guest relations shirts, black pants, and museum name tags) or a security officer.