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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: Veteran

On display through July 2018



Brick Barn Gallery

The Great War


When the United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, the men and women of Chemung County answered the call to service. The Great War explores what life was like for those in service and on the home front and focuses on local service members and organizations and their roles in the war effort.


Sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

On Display: June 2017-May 2018



Howell Gallery

Snowed In: Winter in Chemung County

See how people dressed, stayed warm, cleared the way, and had fun in the depths of winter.

On Display: October 2017-March 2018 


Frances Brayton Education Room

From Achievement to Omega: The Many Clubs of Rufus Stanley

From 1883 to 1926, Rufus Stanley worked with the Elmira YMCA to establish a series of clubs aimed at teaching vocational skills and getting city boys out into the country. Under his guidance, children hiked, farmed, raised livestock, baked, and learned carpentry. His work was instrumental in the creation of the modern 4H. From Achievement to Omega features photographs of these local boys’ and girls’ clubs.

On Display: January-April 2018