Learning about the Art Museum


We welcome individuals and groups to the Binghamton University Art Museum to join us for guided tours, school-day field trips, events and more. If you are interested in scheduling a guided tour, school field trip or special event at the museum please contact Jennifer Dayton, Coordinator of Education and Public Programs at jdayton@binghamton.edu or 607-777-2634. Additional information for University Faculty and Students, Schools and Educators, Families and Community Organizations are below. 

The Museum is free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 12-4pm with extended hours on Thursdays from 12-7pm. 

University Faculty
  • Guided Tours: course-related tours typically take place during the week and vary in length. Tours may be general in nature – visiting the Main, Mezzanine and Lower Galleries, followed by a Q&A with a museum staff member. Alternatively, tours may focus on a particular theme or exhibition, which may be led by the museum curator or director. To request a guided tour please contact Jennifer Dayton, Coordinator of Education and Public Programs at jdayton@binghamton.edu or 607-777-2634. 
  • The Lindsay Study Room: the study room provides opportunities for students and professors to study any object from the permanent collection. Professors may also reserve the Study Room to hold a class to view artwork, or may request that several works of art be put on display for a short time for students to examine. Reservations for the Lindsay Room must be made at least a week in advance. Class size is limited to 20 students. To make a reservation, please contact Silvia Ivanova, Museum Registrar at ivanova@binghamton.edu or 607-777-4763. 
  • Special Requests: To arrange a special tour, a class or propose a course-related exhibition, contact the director, Diane Butler, at 607-777-3252 or dbutler@binghamton.edu.

University Students
  • Student Employment: For student employment, contact Cynthia Riley at 607-777-2968 or criley@binghamton.edu.
  • Museum Internships: In collaboration with the Fleishman Center's Career Development Centralized Internship (CDCI) program, the Binghamton University Art Museum offers a variety of lively internship opportunities for students on campus to engage in projects related to curating, collections management, public programming, education, engagement, social media, graphic design and videography. Offered every fall and spring, the 2-credit course allows students to gain practical hands-on experience in museum careers at the Binghamton University Art Museum. Interns develop marketable skills and learn about the professional nature of the workplace, reflecting on that knowledge in a seminar setting. In addition to the course, interns are expected to work 60 hours over the course of the semester. Internship positions advertised through HireBing in the fall and spring. If you are interested in applying for an internship or have questions about a specific internship position please contact Claire Kovacs, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at ckovacs@binghamton.edu or 607-777-2980.
  • Resident Assistants: The Museum offers guided tours, pop-up art events at residence halls and hands-on art experiences at the museum. If you are interested in coordinating an event for your residence hall please contact Jennifer Dayton, Coordinator of Education and Public Program at jdayton@binghamton.edu or 607-777-2634. 

School and Educators

The museum offers tours and programs for educators. This spring 2023 school groups will have the opportunity to visit our upcoming exhibition "Bonds…Glass Bonds" (February 2–May 13, 2023). Curated by Dr. Marvin Bolt (Corning Museum of Glass), Dr. Gokhan Ersan (BU Art & Design), Dr. Pam Smart (BU Anthropology and Art History).

What to expect in Bonds…Glass Bonds
While visiting the museum, students will encounter fundamental concepts of the science and technology of glass, and actively engage with the diverse ways in which glass objects can be used to create social bonds. Through interactive activities, guided discussion, and individual or group exploration students will learn about the composition, structure, and properties of natural and artificial glasses, and how glass objects have been used in cultures around the world over the past 3500 years. As part of the exhibition experience, we encourage classroom teachers to reflect on the role of glass in culture, past and present with their students.

  • Integration of art, science, technology, history
  • 70+ objects 
  • Video Component 
  • Interactive Sandbox where students can create real sand landscapes using their hands and virtually create natural glass using simple gestures
  • Interactive Whiteboard with magnets featuring each object on display. Students can curate their own mini-exhibition by identifying objects of their choice and connecting them by a common theme of their choice.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will learn the basic underlying structure of glass and how it is formed
  • Students will be invited to engage with glass related objects through reading text, recognizing icons, matching objects with images, looking at and identifying objects
  • Students will learn about a variety of glass objects and bonds and terms used to describe them (connect, link, join, unite, attach, tie, contact, bind, transform, melt, blow, mold, etc) 
  • Students will create their own virtual glass mini-exhibition
  • Students will create their own groupings and curate a glass display using the whiteboard and magnets 
  • Students will identify glass objects in their own lives
  • Students will look at glass objects in new ways informed by their visit

Program Cost
Field trip (1.5-2 hours)
guided tour, hands-on activity, art-making
Fee: $150 per class   

To make a reservation (plan at least 3 weeks in advance) 
Please complete the School Field Trip Registration Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScBkn5N0xXvNiDDLeHQCTvUC3wnRxkDcSudgiUbe1lxQhDhQA/viewform to register for an in-person field trip to the Binghamton University Art Museum. After completing the form you will be contacted by Education Coordinator, Jennifer Dayton within one week to confirm your registration and field trip details.

Please note, registrations are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. We will do our best to accommodate each school reservation. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Dayton at 607-777-2634 or jdayton@binghamton.edu.


For Families

The museum offers guided tours, events and art-making opportunities for families. If you’d like to visit the museum, please contact Jennifer Dayton at jdayton@binghamton.edu or 607-777-2634. For more information on museum events and on our upcoming Family Day on May 6 please visit our Events page.

Community Organizations

We welcome community groups to the museum on a regular basis. If you are interested in visiting, coordinating an event at the museum, or collaborating on a special initiative please contact Jennifer Dayton at jdayton@binghamton.edu or 607-777-2634. 

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering at the museum please contact Jennifer Dayton at jdayton@binghamton.edu or 607-777-2634.

Last Updated: 1/9/23