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October 2013 




We're all about providing transformative experiences for our guests at Roberson Museum and Science Center.  This past weekend at RoberCon was a tremendous example of that as over 1,000 guests were immersed into a world of SciFi and Fantasy.  It's not too often you get to have a conversation with Captain Han Solo or share an elevator ride with the mighty Godzilla.  


It's events like this that show Roberson embodies more than "just a museum" - it's a destination for exploration, for unique experiences - but most importantly - for having fun.   


From Haunted Mansion Tours and Underwater Discoveries to Holiday Celebrations and a Musical Production, explore this edition of Confluence for a glimpse at some of our upcoming programs and events at Roberson - each with its own special personality.  We look forward to seeing you soon! 
What's Happening at Roberson...
Ghostly Fun: Roberson's Halloween Spook-Tacular
SciFi Sensation: Over 1,000 Attend First RoberCon Event
SRO Productions Presents "Next to Normal"
Roberson Rewards: Membership Program
Register for Artist Workshop with Ruby Wang
October First Friday: Underwater Discoveries from 1944 Battle of Truk
Rentals at Roberson: Celebrate your Special Event with us!
Annual Halloween Spook-Tacular

Roberson Museum and Science Center invites you to join us for our annual Halloween Spook-Tacular activities featuring haunted Mansion tours and ghostly fun for all ages! 

Friday, October 18 & 25, 5:30 - 8:30pm

Saturday, October 19 & 26, 12:30 - 3:30pm

Sunday, October 20 & 27, 12:30 - 3:30


Spook-Tacular activities are free with general museum admission.  Friday and Saturday activities will include an alien laboratory, Mask Making, Animal Mad Science, Crafts and Haunted Mansion Tours.  Sundays will feature the Haunted Mansion Tours and Crafts activities.   


If you'd like to dress up - we invite you to join us Friday, October 25 for a costume party during the Spook-Tacular activities! 

Over 1,000 Attend RoberCon
Over 1,000 guests took part in year one of RoberCon: Roberson's SciFi Convention. 

We would like to extend a big thank you to all in attendance, Anne Serling, our special guests and presenters, our vendors and fan groups and to all those who let their geek flag fly! We'll see you again in 2014!  We're planning an even bigger and better event over two days,  September 27-28.
CLICK HERE for more pictures from RoberCon

CLICK HERE to view a highlight video by Mark Urban from What's Goin' on Binghamton? 
On Stage: Next to Normal 


The Roberson Mansion Ballroom will be transformed as SRO Productions III presents the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next to Normal for two weekends. 


The performances will be held October 19-20 and October 25-27.  Friday and Saturday evening shows are at 8pm.  Sunday matinees are at 2pm.  


Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for students and seniors.  You can purchase your tickets through 


Regional Art Exhibition: 
People's Choice Award
Regional Vote
You Visit -- You Vote! Our visitors will help pick a People's Choice Award winner in the 2013 Regional Art Exhibition. When you visit make sure to grab a ballot at the front desk, and after you've viewed the works select your favorite three. Here's where it gets fun: your contributions into the donation box will serve as the prize for the People's Choice Award winner! Stop in and see the wonderful talent on display and vote. 
2013 Regional On View

 Over 70 pieces are featured in the exhibition, representing approximately 50 regional artists.  Exhibition categories include ceramic, photography, painting, sculpture and more. 


Artists within 150 miles of Binghamton are represented in the Regional Art Exhibition - a show that was juried by John Brunelli, Director of Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts in Binghamton.  First, second and third place awards have been selected along with honorable mentions.  Those winners can be viewed at 


Works in the Regional Art Exhibition will be on display at Roberson through October 27. 


Roberson on Pinterest
Roberson Pinterest
Make sure to find Roberson on Pinterest.  
We're featuring exhibition components, special events, gift shop items, fun pictures from around our property and much more.  

CLICK HERE to check out our page. 

Roberson Rewards:

Connecting You to our Community 


Each month we highlight one of the local businesses offering discounts to Roberson Members as a Rewards participant.  This month we spotlight Broadway in Binghamton! 




Broadway Theatre League


Reward for Roberson Members:


Offering 10% discount on tickets to all shows this season!  

 Coming up October 13 is "The Addams Family."  

Just bring your Roberson Rewards Membership card for the discount at the Box Office or enter the password "Roberson" when purchasing online. 


If you're not already a member, JOIN TODAY to take advantage of an even more REWARDING membership!




Quick Reference Guide: Upcoming Events

An Artist Workshop with Ruby Wang

Friday, October 4, 10am - 3pm


Roberson is proud to host visiting artist RUBY WANG, from Wuxi, China, on Friday, October 4 as she presents a workshop focused on the essence of Chinese painting.  Register at 



First Friday Program: Underwater Discoveries from the 1944 Battle of Truk

Friday, October 4,  7 - 8:30pm

Local divers share their pictures, videos, and stories from their exploration of underwater wrecks from the 1944 Battle of Truk during October's First Friday at Roberson Museum and Science Center.  Join us Friday October 4th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.  Admission is Free.  


Girl Scout Programs

Enjoy a variety of programs and badge opportunities with Roberson's Girl Scout Programs.  CLICK HERE for program information


Annual Halloween Spook-Tacular

Activities October 18-20 and October 25-27 include haunted mansion tours, mask making, an alien laboratory, mad science, crafts and more. 


SRO Productions Presents "Next to Normal"

The performances will be held October 19-20 and October 25-27 in the Mansion Ballroom.  Friday and Saturday evening shows are at 8pm.  Sunday matinees are at 2pm.  Tickets can be purchased through


Artist Workshop With Ruby Wang

Roberson Museum and Science Center is proud to host visiting artist RUBY WANG, from Wuxi, China, on Friday, October 4 as she presents a workshop focused on the essence of Chinese painting.  We invite you to participate.  


Ruby was a former resident of the Southern Tier and is internationally recognized.


The workshop will run Friday, October 4 from 10am - 3pm.  Advance registration is $25.  Workshop cost at the door is $30.  Participants should bring brushes, ink, watercolor/acrylics, and rice paper.  Please bring a brown bag lunch.


CLICK HERE to register now - or you can call to register: (607) 772-0660. 



Roberson's Museum Gift Shop

It's never too early to start your holiday shopping! 


 Roberson's Museum Shop has gifts for everyone.

 Explore our unique variety of jewelry, books, toys, ornaments, decorative cards and artwork from local artists.  The shop also features pottery, clothing, canvas bags and more.


Take advantage of high quality items at low gift shop prices.

Whether shopping for yourself or someone else, new items are added daily to Roberson's gift shop, making for a great gift-buying experience.


Give the Gift of Roberson.

Gift Certificates and Roberson Rewards Memberships are available in the Museum Gift Shop. 

CLICK HERE for more information on Roberson's Museum Gift Shop.


First Friday Program -- October 4
In May of 2013, SCUBA divers from Binghamton traveled to Truk in the Caroline Islands.  In the adventure of a lifetime the local Divers lived on a ship, the Odyssey, and spent a week traveling around Truk lagoon exploring the underwater wrecks of the Battle of Truk.  
They'll share their pictures, videos, and stories from their exploration during October's First Friday at Roberson Museum and Science Center.  
Join us Friday October 4th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.  Admission is Free.

Roberson's Digital Planetarium

Digital Planetarium

 No matter the weather or time of year, there's always an incredible view of the stars and planets from inside our new Digital Planetarium. 


From astronomy topics to monsters of the deep sea and rockin' laser shows, the new digital software provides fun, reliable and flexible educational programs for school audiences, afterschool programs, summer camps and significantly enhances the visitor experience.


Planning a birthday or fun celebration?  Roberson's Digital Planetarium is available to rent for parties!  Contact Colleen at 772-0660 ext. 211 for more information. 

Save the Dates

2013 Home for the Holidays
November 20 - January 5.

Roberson IS Home for the Holidays.  This year the museum and mansion will once again be beautifully filled with decorations and representations of holiday traditions from around the world.  This fantastic community tradition will be expanded this year as we open on November 20.  The lights, the trees and the celebration of Home for the Holidays will be on display through January 5.  During Home for the Holidays Roberson will be open seven days a week with expanded hours of 11am - 5pm Sunday through Wednesday, and additional evening hours as we'll be open 11am - 9pm Thursday - Saturday.    

Planning a Memorable Occasion?

Roberson offers ample space and a great environment in both the mansion and museum, including our beautiful newly restored mansion ballroom.   

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  Rentals available for any occasion.  Whether it's birthday parties, bridal showers, receptions, social gatherings or corporate events Roberson provides a unique setting to make your event a memorable one!


For more information on rentals at Roberson click here or call our event coordinator at 607-772-0660 ext. 211

Roberson's Wish List

 If you, your business or someone you know has items you no longer use or would like to donate, please consider a donation to Roberson.



What we could use...



If you're interested in volunteering at Roberson, we want to hear from you.  Volunteer opportunities available for special events and in various museum departments.

Email if you're interested.


Facilities Wish List

Vacuum Cleaners
Pick-up Truck
 Working vehicles
 (any condition as long as it runs)

Education Department Wish List
School supplies
Craft materials
Film Canisters
Plastic Easter Eggs
Plastic Baggies

Event/Rentals Wish List
7' of 8' Artificial Trees
White Lights
Knives, serving utensils

All donations to Roberson Museum and Science Center are tax deductible. 


Broome County Arts Council
Klee Foundation
Funding for Roberson Museum and Science Center is provided in part by general operating support grants from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council; The Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.
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