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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 of Big Flats

On display through January 2017



Brick Barn Gallery

Crime & Punishment

Crime & Punishment examines Chemung County's long history of law enforcement and criminal behavior. Local people became national leaders in criminal identification and prison reform as they experimented with new techniques. Learn about the history of our local judicial system, police departments, and prisons. This area has also been the site of high-profile crimes, some of which remain mysteries today.  


On display through May 2017 


Howell Gallery

Changing Childhood

The perception and experience of childhood has changed over time. The exhibit discusses many facets of childhood, including child labor, fashion, and toys.

On display through February 2017 



Frances Brayton Education Room

Behind the Walls: Architectural Plans and Drawings

This exhibit showcases architectural drawings, blueprints, and plans from public buildings in Elmira.

On display through January 2017