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New ways to visit Roberson!
The pandemic looks different for everyone, so we’re offering three different options for you and your students to enjoy Roberson on your terms! Visit in-person or online through synchronous or asynchronous programs.
Roberson programs are offered 12 months a year.
Virtual Field Trips
Our virtual programs are available in synchronous and asynchronous formats to allow students to interact in real-time with a Museum educator or explore on their own using the provided museum guides. Programs can be adapted to meet the needs of other grade levels. Multiple sessions can be scheduled to accommodate a larger number of students.
Can’t come to see us? We’ll bring Roberson to you! Join us for one, two, or three of our special virtual programs below where your students will interact in real-time with a Museum educator as you are guided through an activity and video tour of our exhibits. Bonus: Pre and post activities for your students are included so the learning continues even when we log off.
Cost: $75 per session
Length: 30–45 minutes
Capacity: Max of 25 students
Available: Tuesday–Friday, 9AM–4PM
Not sure if you can gather all of your students at once? Don’t worry, there is still an option for you! All three of our synchronous programs are also available in an asynchronous format. We provide you with a video tour of the exhibit (not guided) and an activity guide so you can teach the program on your own time.
Cost: $50 per session
Capacity: Accomodates any class size
Join us as we take a walk through nature in Roberson’s semi-permanent NatureTrek exhibit. Students will observe the biodiversity of five distinct habitats native to upstate New York. Within each habitat, students will learn to identify the adaptations of birds and mammals, and how they help the animal to survive.
*Available beginning April 30th
Explore the history and culture of the Haudenosaunee—their beliefs and philosophies, relationship with the land, and association with Europeans migrating to North America. Students will help tell the story of this Nation of native peoples as they observe artifacts, written materials, and diagrams from Roberson’s Haudenosaunee exhibit.
Night Sky Tour
(All grade levels)
Using the same software found in our digital planetarium, we can take you on a tour of the night sky from your very own computer screen! Students will engage in the Earth and Space Science disciplines while discovering the wonders of our solar system and beyond. Is there something special you want to see? Let us know and we can incorporate it into your tour!
Experience some of Roberson Museum’s most popular exhibitions and features throughout this museum sampler program. Students will participate in all three 45 minute programs listed below. This program has been developed as a low touch, socially distanced option and can be adapted for all grade levels.
In-person reservations are required at least four weeks in advance to ensure program availability and the best educational experience for everyone. For more information and/or to schedule a class at Roberson, call (607) 772-0660. You must verify the details of your confirmation with Roberson’s Scheduling Coordinator (ext. 262) two weeks prior to your visit.
0–10 students – $225.00
11–20 students – $250.00
21–30 students – $275.00
Grades: K – 12
Length: 2 hours 15 minutes
Capacity: 30 students maximum
Available: Tuesday through Friday 9AM–12PM
**Before our general operating hours so there will be no other visitors in the facility.
Teachers and chaperones are admitted free of charge at a ratio of one adult to ten students. Additional adults will need to pay regular group admission. Adults are to stay with their groups at all times to supervise students. Chaperones are not to bring younger children with them.
Roberson offers a 20% discount on memberships to all educators. Membership brings special privileges and benefits that provide more ways for educators to share in the life of this dynamic institution. Call (607) 772-0660 and ask for Membership for more information
(Grades K – 12)
This program invites you to walk through five distinct habitats native to the upstate New York region. On your journey, you’ll meet dozens of mammals and birds that occupy these ecological niches. Having made their acquaintance, students will dive into the Life Sciences as they investigate the relationships between them and how they are equipped to survive.
(Grades K – 12)
Step back into the Gilded Age and walk through several floors of this historic mansion built by Alonzo and Margaret Roberson. This house had all of the modern conveniences of the time: elevator, gas and electric lighting, and central heat. Become immersed in our rich local history and find out what life was like for the Robersons.
(Grades K – 12)
Explore the night sky in the area’s only full-dome digital planetarium. Become immersed in the Earth and Space Science disciplines while sitting back and gazing up at the stars. Students will enjoy a short film followed by a guided tour of the night sky. There are many options that can allow you to choose what is best suited for your needs.
Lunches must be scheduled. Roberson can provide an area for students to eat their own bag lunches on a first come, first served basis. Please pack lunches in boxes or coolers so they can be used easily. Weather permitting, picnic areas are available.
Late arrivals: Unfortunately, school groups arriving late will have an abbreviated program schedule. Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made less than 2 weeks prior to the scheduled visit will result in a $30 cancellation fee per group. Cancellations made on the day of a scheduled visit will result in full payment for the intended trip.
For a list of BOCES aidable programs, refer to the Broome-Tioga BOCES Services Guide available from your superintendent. Required BOCES units must be purchased through BOCES prior to booking.
COVID-19 Safety Precautions
- Visitor capacity is reduced to 25% of maximum capacity.
- All visitors over the age of 2 must where protective face coverings that cover the nose and mouth while at the Museum..
- Social-distancing and one-way markers are located throughout the Museum.
- Plexiglass panels are installed at the admissions desk and gift shop checkout.
- Frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces is conducted throughout the day. Hand-sanitizer units are stationed throughout the museum.
- Coat check is temporarily closed.
- Drinking fountains are not available.
- Elevators are available on a limited basis. Capacity has been reduced to two people or one family at a time.
- Enhanced ventilation, doubling the Museum’s air exchange to be set at 20 per hour.
- Limited capacity in Planetarium