We’re delighted to announce the start of our new admission program, “Pay It Forward,” which aims to expand access to our Museum and historic Mansion to everyone in the Binghamton community.

Starting April 11, 2018, visitors may use a pre-paid admission or choose to “pay it forward” by purchasing an admission for someone else who may not otherwise be able to afford it. Anyone interested in taking part in this program can simply grab an admission pass from our Pay it Forward wall and bring it to the Roberson front desk. No questions asked.

Pay it Forward

“Access to arts and cultural activities is essential to the feeling of community,” said Michael Grasso, Executive Director of Roberson. “With this program we ask visitors and patrons to ‘pay it forward’ for other members of the community, assuring the cost of entry is no longer a barrier.”

Support for the program has been provided by The Agency, Broome County’s lead economic development organization. The organization’s Broome County…a good life™ program will support 150 admissions for individuals of all ages, to kick off the program.

Museums are the treasurers of a community’s cultural wealth and should be open to whomever wants to experience them. However, admissions prices can limit the ability of some people to enjoy this type of resource.

“As a regional museum, we rely on admissions to keep our doors open. I hope that someday we will have sufficient funding to provide admission to everyone wishing to explore the wonders of Roberson. Until then, this Pay It Forward model will rely on the generosity of our community to provide everyone with this wonderful opportunity ,” said Mark Gorgos, Roberson’s Board President.

Pay it forward

Pay it Forward admission passes sit right within the Roberson Museum entrance.

Through our Pay It Forward program, we hope to encourage growth, accessibility, and goodwill within the community and beyond.

If you’d like to pay for another person’s admission, you can do so right now.

If you’d like to become a sponsor of this program, contact Staci Becker at sbecker@roberson.org

Support provided by the general operations support grants from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council; the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation; the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreational, and Historical Preservation; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.