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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: Millport

On display through January 2019



Brick Barn Gallery

It's Electric

Electricity revolutionized the world and forever changed the everyday lives of people in Chemung County. Was this change always positive? Learn how electricity impacted how people lived, worked, and played from the first introduction of electricity in Elmira in 1882 to the electrification of the entire county in 1940.


On Display: July 2018-May 2019



Howell Gallery

At the Jewish Table: Heritage, Food, and Family in Elmira

“At the Jewish Table” is an exhibit inspired by the Elmira Jewish Community’s most well-known public event, the Jewish Food Festival (to be held April 15, 2018).  The festival is not only an opportunity to cook and share favorite Jewish foods, it is also an expression of the long history of Elmira’s Jewish community. This exhibit invites you to explore the migration and evolution of Elmira’s Jewish community into and through the city, its influence on the city’s trade, and the traditions of the table which have bound Elmira’s Jews together across cultures, congregations, families, and neighborhoods.


This exhibit was created in partnership with The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

Visit the exhibit's companion website here: At the Jewish Table


On Display through September 2018 



Frances Brayton Education Room

Jewish Holidays and Celebrations 

Holidays hold important places in people’s lives. They are opportunities for families and friends to celebrate their history and faith and to share stories. This new photography exhibit presents images from various Jewish holidays. Visit the exhibit and leave your own stories of holidays and celebrations on the memory wall. 

On Display: Through the month of September 2018