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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: Elmira Heights

On Display through July 31, 2021



Brick Barn Gallery

All in a Day's Work: Dressed for Success

If you were a nanny in 1850, what would you wear to work? What if you were a doctor in 1928? All in a Day’s Work: Dressed for Success explores the official and unofficial uniforms people wore on the job and how they changed over time. This new exhibit features historic clothing and photographs from the mid-1800s through the late 1900s.

On Display through June 3, 2022



Howell Gallery

If It’s Worth Selling, It’s Worth Seeing

The Thatcher Glass Manufacturing Company was part of Chemung County’s history for eighty years. This exhibit tells that history and features a wide assortment of glass containers, as well as, blueprints of the bottles, photographs of the Elmira plant and employees, and company advertisements.

On Display through October 9, 2021



Frances Brayton Education Room

Fit to Print 

This exhibit explores the history of printing in Chemung County from the 1810s through modern times. It features historic photographs, locally produced posters, newspapers, and lithographs, and artifacts including printing plates and type.

On Display through July 31, 2021