9 Must Visit Broome County Museums and Historical Centers
Maybe it's just me, but I feel like we live in such a fast-paced world that sometimes we forget to stop and slow down and actually take in the world around us. Sometimes we're so wrapped up in new development and things that we forget our past and the people who not only built our communities but helped us become what we are today.
Whether you're interested in learning about the history of your town or are looking for a rainy day activity to do with the kids while they're out of school this summer, these are nine museums in Broome County that will transport you back in time to simpler days while providing some fun education for everyone in your family.
Located in the Old Schoolhouse on Main Street in Kirkwood, the Town of Kirkwood Historical Society collects artifacts and materials so that they can not only understand the history of Kirkwood but also preserve the information they gather for future generations. The Museum is open to the public on the first Saturday of each month.
You'll find the Nanticoke Historical Museum inside a beautiful Victorian home on the corner of Route 26 and Nanticoke Road in Maine. Tours of the museum are available to the public, but only by appointment, so you'll want to call 607-862-9480 ahead of time to make a reservation.
The Deposit Historical Museum is located inside a building which just so happens to have been the very first bank built in the village. The museum is open from Memorial Day weekend until the middle of October on Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm-4pm. Admission is free.
Located at 191 Court Street in Binghamton, the Phelps Mansion was declared a national historic landmark in 1973 and is open to the public. If you'd like to tour this majestic mansion, built for a local Binghamton businessman, tours are given Friday through Sunday from 10am-3pm. Admission rates apply. Call 607-722-4873 to learn more.
Located at 40 Washington Avenue in Endicott, the Endicott History and Heritage Center has a massive and fascinating display on the history of Endicott and IBM. The museum is open Saturdays from 10am-2pm. For more, call 607-754-6886.
You know that really cool train station that sits on the Vestal Parkway? That's the home of the Vestal Museum. The building is an original 1881 train station and is filled with a gallery and exhibits. Take a tour on Thursday and Friday from 11am-3pm or Saturday from 10am-3pm.
Once the home of Alonzo Roberson Jr., the Roberson Museum and Science Center now showcases 19th and 20th-century art, history and folk life. Take a tour of Roberson's former mansion and soak in some knowledge at the Science Center. The Roberson Museum and Science Center is located at 30 Front Street in Binghamton. Admission rates apply- call 607-772-0660 to learn more.
Located at 129 Main Street in Binghamton, the Bundy Museum gives us an inside look at the the lives of William and Harlow E. Bundy, the brothers who created the Time-Recording Clock company which turned into IMB. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am-5pm. Admission rates apply- call 607-772-9179 to learn more.
Located on the corner of River Road and Patch Road in Binghamton, the Chenango School House Museum is free for anyone to visit and features tours and a range of activities. Former exhibits include general stores, antique farm equipment, vintage clothing and more. The museum is open on Wednesdays from 8am-12pm and outside of those times by appointment. Call 607-648-9650 for more.