Building Sustainable Museums was created with the mission of offering opportunities for community engagement.
The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier and the Roberson Museum and Science Center will be answering submissions from the public about the process and providing updates on the status of the conversations.
We are here to serve the community, and both organizations are working to build sustainable community centers. Both Roberson and The Discovery Center share missions of education, which is why we want to enable you to request and receive all the information relating to conversations surrounding the future of museums in Binghamton, NY.
Roberson Museum and Science Center
Roberson Museum and Science Center (Roberson) was established through the will of Alonzo Roberson in 1934 to create an “educational center …for the use and benefit of all people.” Roberson opened to the public in 1954 and has provided continuous support for the cultural legacy of the Greater Binghamton region for the past 66 years.
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, we are the largest museum in the Tri-Cities area, with a collection of more than 18,000 historical artifacts, decorative arts, anthropological/ethnographic collections, and fine works of art representing the culture, science, and natural history of Broome County and the surrounding area.
Roberson is dedicated to providing stewardship of the community’s history; educational programming in art, history, and science. Annually, it mounts 10-12 educationally relevant and engaging exhibitions, delivers educational programming to more than 5,000 students from 30 school districts, and offers 30 public programs.
Mission: Roberson engages and educates people of all ages and backgrounds by providing regionally significant exhibitions and programs in art, history and science.
Discovery Center of the Southern Tier
Chartered by the New York State Education Department in 1984, The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier is a hands-on children’s museum.The Museum’s mission is to develop the intellectual, physical and emotional well-being of the children of the Southern Tier through participatory exhibits and programs.
Created for, with, and by children, the Museum’s 30+ interactive exhibitions spark creative thinking, foster play-based learning, and build self-esteem. In 2007, The Discovery Center’s 2-acre Story Garden was created, expanding the educational footprint of the Museum with 20 dynamic outdoor exhibits focused on the imaginative world of books. The Story Garden is considered a public garden and is accessible throughout the year with no cost of admission.