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June 2020

Museum Closed

June 1 @ 8:00 am - June 30 @ 5:00 pm

At this time the museum remains closed to the public. We will update as soon as we know when we are able to reopen as part of Phase 4.  Please check back here or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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The History of the Magic Lantern

June 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Joe and Mark as they take a closer look at the history of the magic lantern. Please note this is a facebook live event. Be sure to like and follow our page so you can be notified when we go live. The Magic Lantern was the first projector and one of the precursors of the movies. It was invented in the 1650s, probably by a prominent Dutch scientist, Christiaan Huygens. It soon became a major learning tool and a…

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The History of Baseball in Greater Binghamton

June 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

**Please note this presentation will be live on our Facebook page since the museum will still be closed to the public at that time.** Be sure to like and follow our Facebook page so you can join us. As part of NYS Path Through History Weekend the Phelps Mansion Museum will present on June 20th at 12pm: Author Jim Maggiore who will give a presentation on his book "Celebrating 100 Years of Baseball in Greater Binghamton: Tales from the Binghamton…

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Architectural Tour of the Mansion

June 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  Join the Phelps Mansion on Saturday June 27th at 12pm for an architectural tour of the house. We will take a closer look at the many details found throughout the Phelps family home, talk a bit about Isaac Perry the architect, and introduce you to Orville Ronk, one of the many woodcarvers who worked on the interior woodwork. This will be a Facebook live event, so please be sure to like and follow our page so you will be…

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July 2020

Online History Happy Hour – The Binghamton Inebriate Asylum 

July 9 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
$3 – $5

Please join us for our first History Happy Hour of 2020! Due to continuing concerns about safety in the age of COVID-19, this will be a digital event hosted via Zoom. In other words, we bring the history, you bring the happy hour! This event will be a conversation with Dr. Jonathan Jones, a historian of science and medicine. Jonathan recently conducted research on the Inebriate Asylum as part of his work on the Civil War opioid epidemic. Jonathan will…

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September 2020


September 18 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The museum will be closed for tours on Friday Sept. 18th. We will reopen for tours on Saturday and Sunday September 19th and 20th.   We apologize for any inconvenience.

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October 2020

Mansion Tour Update:

October 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Please note on October 10th  there will be no 11am tour time.

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Virtual Cemetery Symbol Walking Tour

October 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

  Join us on Facebook live on Saturday October 10th as part of NYS Path Through History Weekend. We will take a stroll through Spring Forest Cemetery and explore the hidden meanings behind many of the symbols that can be found on monuments throughout the cemetery. Please note this is an online event only and there is no fee to watch. Be sure to like and follow our Facebook page so you can be notified when we go live.

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Broome Art Trail 2020

October 17 @ 10:00 am - October 18 @ 4:00 pm

  Saturday, October 17th & Sunday, October 18th 2020 10:00am - 4:00pm both days Broome Art Trail is back in 2020! Mark your calendars for an art-filled weekend, Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th! Venues will once again extended from Vestal to Windsor and from Whitney Point to Binghamton. The inaugural trail in 2019 included over 100 participating artists and arts organizations spanning 53 venues. Artists' works included a wide breadth of mediums spanning painting, drawing, sculpture, fiber, woodworking,…

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Music of Mourning and Remembrance in the 19th Century

October 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  Join us as we explore the music of Mourning and Remembrance in the 19th century. Decades before the invention of Radio and Television, sheet music was a means of expressing popular attitudes toward public figures and current events, including death and loss... If you’ve taken any of our Death and Mourning tours in the past then this subject will be familiar to you but today we will hear the songs that we spoke about and were on display in…

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