Roberson Mansion and Museum

Glad we took advantage of our time before we realized how much we were going to lose. With everything shut down and life feeling at a stand still, I’m grateful for every little adventure and exploration!

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Took a drive a few weeks ago to Binghamton, NY, about an hour from us, and spent a few hours in the Roberson Museum (Twitter link because I love their account, but here is their website, too).

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We weren’t really sure what to expect, but were already charmed by the first exhibit we explored: a model train layout, complete with a replica of one of Binghamton’s actual streets in 1960.

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Always enjoy these displays- we used to set one up with our dad when we were kids and loved making up little stories for the characters and houses!

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The next room was the Nature Trek, which displays various habitats and wildlife, with over 150 taxidermy animals, to educate visitors on how to preserve and protect both.

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There were so many more exhibits than we expected- I was really impressed by the range of displays! Here’s a brief glance at some more of them:

Love this piece!

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Propaganda: Selling a War, explores music and imagery designed to inspire Americans to support the first world war. Strange to imagine a country that wasn’t so anxious to fight.

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Era of Change: 1910-1930. This felt more like deja vu. We got the votes for women, but now we need the voting for women.

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Artist Joseph Opshinsky has a gallery upstairs, with both paintings and paper collages inspired by local scenes from New York and Pennsylvania.

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Haudenosaunee: People of the Longhouse. A small exhibit, but this painting of the origin of life on earth was one of my favorite works in the museum!

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Allegory, Symbol, and Vision:

I don’t know what this is supposed to be, but it is fantastic.

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Following a sign down the hall that simply stated “Mansion”, we found ourselves stepping right into the foyer of the Roberson Mansion!

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Considered the largest museum exhibit, this tour was included right with the admission, and was such a cool surprise!

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Unbelievable to think of waking up every morning in a place like this, what day to day life must have been like for these people. I wish more of the rooms had been set up, it was pretty bare, but a really cool glimpse into the past anyway.

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The museum was also an art gallery of its own, and these two of four demonstrating the stages of life were just gorgeous.


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Old Age:

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Highly recommend!






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  1. Good post. Glad you got the visit in before lock down. We managed to get home from Vancouver yesterday, by renting a car and driving 1,200 km (750 miles) in two days. No airports for us just yet. Stay well. Allan

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  2. It’s hard to be locked down but absolutely necessary. You could do people a service by reposting some of your past travels so we can all live vicariously through you!


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