Current Exhibits

Bank Gallery

In the Valley of the Big Horn: A History of Chemung County

In the Valley of the Big Horn tells the history of the county from the earliest days of settlement by Native Americans through the end of the 20th century.  Come and explore important events from the county’s past through objects, historic images and hands-on interactives.



Mark Twain’s Elmira

Mark Twain’s Elmira focuses on the people and places that the author knew during his time here.  The exhibit features artifacts used by Mark Twain and his family and historic images of Elmira during the late 1800s.



The Towns and Villages of Chemung County

Chemung County, as it is today, is the product of centuries of history.  Each town and village within the county has its own unique past.  This rotating exhibit will tell the histories of the towns and villages and of their people.

Click here to see past Towns and Villages exhibits.


Currently on display: Town, Village, and City of Elmira

On display through July 2016



Brick Barn Gallery


Cleanliness is a complex historical concept.  People have feared being physically, mentally, spiritually, racially, sexually, and environmentally “unclean.”  Our understanding of what it means to be clean has radically changed over time.   In our new exhibit Clean we examine how the people of Chemung County have struggled to define and maintain cleanliness.


On display through May 2016



Howell Gallery

All Decked Out: Hats, Shoes & Accessories

All Decked Out explores changes in women’s and men’s fashion accessories through the 19th and early 20th centuries.
On display through August 2016



The Age of Trolleys

This exhibit of historic photographs tells the history of trolleys in Chemung County from the opening of the first line on August 23, 1871 to the last run on March 11, 1939.


On display through August 2016



Frances Brayton Education Room

High Above the Valley: Aviation in Chemung County

Learn about failed “flying machine” inventions, Elmira’s role in soaring history, and how aviation became a big local business.


On display through August 2016

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