A bill that would designate the Strong Museum as the National Museum of Play is one step closer to becoming law.

U.S. Rep. Joe Morelle says the House of Representatives approved the National Museum of Play Recognition Act on Wednesday. There is no word yet on when it could come up for a vote in the Senate.

"The Strong is truly a one-of-a-kind destination for families of all ages, fostering lifelong learning, creativity, and discovery through play," said Morelle. "I’m proud to have led the effort in Washington to secure the national recognition they deserve. I’m grateful to Congressman Langworthy for his partnership and look forward to supporting The Strong’s continued growth and success for years to come."

The designation would officially recognize The Strong as the only museum of its kind that exists solely for exploring play and its cultural history.

The museum officially opened to the public in 1982 and has since grown to more than 375,000 square feet. It includes both the National Toy Hall of Fame and the World Video Game Hall of Fame.