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Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

Hammondsport, NY
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Ranked #1 of 16 attractions in Hammondsport
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Description: This museum is named after inventor and aviation pioneer Glenn H. Curtiss, who piloted America's first public airplane flights.
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Wellsville, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This place is amazing.It never gets boring! I love looking at all the plains!!! Ihighly recommended!

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Glenn H. Curtiss was a pioneer in aviation who designed, built and flew early aircraft. He is considered the father of Naval Aviation for his work with flying boats. He also set a land speed record on a V8 powered motorcycle that he built. The museum has something for the whole family, including aircraft, autos, motorcycles, boats, furniture, miniatures, and... More

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Millstone, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

My wife and I went there in November. This is a hidden gem of a museum about a man that must Americans probably know very little. They welcome visitors in the restoration shop so we went in and spent the next hour listening to the stories from one of the most interesting people that I have ever met. Norm Brush... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

From the start, upon learning of Mr. Curtiss' start with inventions and mechanics at age 7, I was hooked. Bicycles, motorcycles, boats, cars, planes and even the first motor homes which he invented. This is a fascinating place to visit and well worth the time. There are volunteers who are working on rebuilds in the shop and you can chat... More

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Sparrowbush
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

what an amazing history story you can find not only on planes but other history of our forefathers...worth the trip and time!

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Jamestown, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Loved the planes, the dollhouses, the entire collection of mixed items. Great notes to study the items, good video about Glenn Curtiss. Really makes you appreciate flight, creativity and engineering. Totally satisfying museum experience; huge place but not overwhelming. Three hours went by before we realized it.

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Pittsburgh
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74 reviews 74 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

The museum does a wonderful job of highlighting the accomplishments of Glenn Curtiss and his many contributions to the development of aviation and motorcycles. The displays are extensive and visitors should allow enough time to really take in the history and information provided. There seem to be something for everyone including a quilt exhibit while we visited. It is a... More

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Traverse City, Michigan
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Outstanding place to look at history. People very friendly and the building is very modern and attractive.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Really a must see if in Hammondsport. His life story is inspiring (watch the 15 minute video). The museum is a collection of many things from horse sleighs to motorcycles to automobiles to airplanes. What's pretty amazing is that some the the airplanes are reconstructions by their staff that they then actually flew. When you see the plane and know... More

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Silverton OR
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We visited in September 2013. Having just visited the Wright Brother's sites in Dayton, Ohio we enjoyed this museum probably even more. This museum highlights the genius of Glenn Curtiss and his contributions to all modes of transportation. Follows his start as a bicycle builder to a motorcycle racer, to an aviator and inventor, and even through the development of... More

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