Director of the Roberson Museum and Science Center, Michael Grasso is on the weekly, local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up to talk about how the non-profit is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Kathy Whyte/WNBF News Roberson Director Michael Grasso
Kathy Whyte/WNBF News Roberson Director Michael Grasso

As with other agencies and organizations that operate through donations and admission fees, Grasso says the historic mansion, museum and science center has been facing challenges never before imagined with the outbreak of a global pandemic and the shut-down of everything for months.

Even weddings that have been postponed due to restrictions during the pandemic impact Roberson, which often serves as a venue for the celebrations.

While the museum doesn't have the hurdles of other organizations, like Ross Park Zoo that has animals to feed and keep healthy, Roberson still has operational expenses that don't go away.

Grasso says still, the museum has had an opportunity to help the community during the crisis in offering an educational resources for students being home-schooled and a diversion for families searching for things to do during lockdown through promoting virtual programs.

Roberson is laying plans for a safe and rewarding reopening experience for visitors, possibly in July and will post updates on social media and the Roberson Museum website.

One interesting note: Grasso says you may not be aware of what the museum is doing in the present to preserve what will be the past in the future.  Can you guess what I mean?

Southern Tier Close Up is heard Saturdays at 12:04 p.m. on News Radio 1290 WNBF.

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