Hanukkah House Museum opens Dec. 3

The Hanukkah House Museum of Temple Concord, a seasonal teaching museum, will open to the public on Tuesday, December 3, at 5 pm, and close on Tuesday, December 24. The museum is housed in the Kilmer Mansion, 9 Riverside Dr., Binghamton. This is its 23rd year of operation. The museum hours will be Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon-4 pm and Thursdays from 4-8 pm.
Exhibits featuring the history of the Kilmer Mansion and family will be on display. The Kilmer Mansion was designed and built in 1898 by local architect Edward Vosbury in the Italian Renaissance and Queen Anne style. It was purchased from the Kilmers shortly after Temple Concord was established in 1950.
The other Hanukkah House Museum exhibits seek to give students and visitors a sense of the historic aspect of the Hanukkah story with tableaus and models, descriptive information and a sense of how the holiday is celebrated around the world. Also returning is a miniature recreation of living on the Lower East Side of New York at the turn of the century.
The story of Hanukkah will be told in different mediums in the museum: fabric, written words, movies, diorama and hands-on activities. There will be displays of antique oil burning menorahs, as well as traditional and contemporary menorahs, dreidels and yarmulkes. “The hands-on activities will delight all guests,” said Hanukkah House organizers. 
The “Kids Place” will have games, books and puzzles for kids of all ages. Bobbie King’s dollhouses will return again this year. The Judaic Gift Shop will feature a selection of Judaica for Hanukkah needs and other life cycle celebrations. The gift shop will be open during museum hours except Saturdays.
“Club advisers, leaders and teachers looking for an interesting outing should schedule a field trip to the museum for their group,” said organizers. “Groups of all sizes are welcome. Tours can be scheduled mornings, afternoons or evenings any day of the week. Dates and times fill up quickly, so schedule early.”
E-mail Lisa@KilmerMansion.org for tours or with any questions. There is no admission fee to visit Hanukkah House Museum. A non-perishable food donation to CHOW would be appreciated.