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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: Van Etten

On Display through July 2019



Brick Barn Gallery

Getting Around: Transportation in Chemung County

There are many ways to get from Point A to Point B - on foot, by bicycle, in a car, on a jet. Each mode of transportation has its own rich history. Learn how people have been getting around over the past two hundred years and about the cultural and economic impacts various types of transportation have had on Chemung County.

On Display through May 2020



Howell Gallery

100 Years of Kiwanis

The Elmira Kiwanis Club was chartered on May 10, 1919. This new exhibit celebrates the club’s 100 years of service to our community.  

On Display through September 2019 



From Pencil to Page: Eugene “Zim” Zimmerman’s Creative Process

Eugene Zimmerman (1862-1935) was one of Horseheads’ most well-known residents. From an early life of poverty, Zim rose to international notoriety as a cartoonist and humorist. Explore how ideas went from his mind to magazine pages in this new exhibit featuring artifacts and artwork on loan from the Horseheads Historical Society. 

On Display through September 2019 



Frances Brayton Education Room

A Very Fine House

From Italianate to Tudor, Queen Anne to Craftsman, this new exhibit is a photographic tour of architectural styles throughout Chemung County. Learn what architectural features were fashionable at different times.  

On Display February 20 - July 27, 2019