9 Must Visit Broome County Museums and Historical Centers
Whether you're interested in learning about the history of the Southern Tier, you or want something to do on a rainy day with the kids while they're out of school this summer, these are nine museums in Broome County that will transport you to a simpler time while also offering 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.
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 607-862-9705 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 that was 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 to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour at 4:30 p.m.). 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. To learn more about the museum, 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. The Vestal Museum is open from 10: a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday evenings.
Once the home of Alonzo Roberson Jr., the Roberson Museum and Science Center now showcases 19th and 20th-century art, history, and folklife. 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 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 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission rates apply so 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 by appointment so call 607-349-8988 to make one.