History is sometimes fascinating and sometimes boring, depending on the quality of the education. That’s why it’s important to find the best museums when you visit Binghamton. This is a very important city culturally and financially. If you want to learn about Binghamton, the Parlor City, try visiting one of these museums.
Let’s start with the Binghamton University Art Museum. This is an educational museum that mixes art appreciation with live events. The museum offers original art exhibits, and over 3,000 objects to examine, each one from a major period of art history. All sorts of arts and crafts are collected here, from paintings to sculpture, to photographs, glasswork and manuscript pages. Early cultures are also represented, from as far as Egypt and Asia. About 25,000 tourists visit the museum every year. In 2010, the museum will present exhibits on surrealism, Tatanua masks and artist Marshall Glasier.
The Phelps Mansion Museum on Court Street is a prime example of Binghamton architecture. The museum holds many historic exhibits as well. In addition to its own history, the mansion also holds exhibits for established artists like Bob Keller, Joanne Thorne Arnold and J.W. Johnston. The closest thing to an official Binghamton Museum you will find is the Roberson Museum and Science Center, which has several exhibits detailing the history of the city, as well as the Greater Binghamton Area.
Other museums of interest include the Bundy Arts and Victorian Museum, the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier, and the Kopernik Observatory and Science Center. The carousels in Binghamton are not technically museum artifacts, but they are living exhibits of history. You can find six carousels in the Tri-Cities area, and a particularly large one at the Ross Park Zoo.
This is a historically significant city, and has plenty of museums for history and culture lovers.