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Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

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Address: 8419 State Route 54, Hammondsport, NY 14840
Phone Number: +1 607-569-2160
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Description: The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, bearing the name of Hammondsport's favorite...
The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, bearing the name of Hammondsport's favorite son, is located on Route 54, one half mile south of the village of Hammondsport, New York. Dedicated to the memory of pioneer aviator, Glenn Curtiss, the museum contains a priceless collection relating to early aviation and local history. The museum also features a 75-seat theater, large open area for special events and a gift shop. In addition to motorcycles and aircraft, visitors will also see antique tools, toys, boats, home-furnishings, fire equipment and much more. Visitors are also welcome to visit the Museum Restoration Shop, talk with volunteer craftsman and watch them work on historic aircraft.
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We wish 'sometime' had happened sooner

My husband and I have been passing by the museum for years. Every time we did we would say "we should stop sometime". We finally stopped. This place is fascinating and so much... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 29, 2015
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upstate, ny
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upstate, ny
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

My husband and I have been passing by the museum for years. Every time we did we would say "we should stop sometime". We finally stopped. This place is fascinating and so much bigger than it looks. We are sorry that we didn't stop users ago. We have missed so much!They bring in new displays periodically and you can go... More 

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Vestal, New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

My wife and I stopped here on the way out to Jamestown as a spur of the moment activity as we left early and had some spare time. What a great place just stuffed with history,cars, planes, engines, motorcycles and even old military antiques. We ended up staying a lot longer than we intended and plan on returning for second... More 

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Rochester, NY
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The family enjoyed the museum. Learned a lot about the early days of aviation we hadn't known previously. Many beautifully preserved and/or restored airplanes, motorcycles, and cars. Also info about the Finger Lakes wine region, local war heroes, miniatures, and more. The highlight was going to the restoration shed out back and seeing the P40E that volunteers are in the... More 

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Rochester, NY
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141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

This is one quirky museum. We had been meaning to visit this place for years and with relatives in town we decided to make the 1.5 hour trip down to Hammondsport. Who knew that Glenn Curtis was such a key innovator in all of these different industries. Too bad he has never been given his due in the history books.... More 

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Turnersville, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We stopped at this small museum when the sight of a large older aircraft caught our eye. I heard the name "Curtis" before, but had no idea in the role he played in both aviation and motorcycles. Relatively small inside, yet it holds an enormous amount of exhibits in all fields related to Curtis, aviation and motor driven vehicles in... More 

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Westchester County, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We went to this museum after seeing it listed in the AAA Tour Book for New York. Don't miss this museum! AAA lists it as a GEM, and it is. We had no idea how big and what a collection of planes, motorcycles, cars, etc...this museum housed. When we went they had a special exhibit of doll houses and train... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

My husband, who goes to the races at Watkins Glen, has gone to this museum several times. I was intrigued by the "other version" of early flight history so I asked to stop in. We were there in November, off season, and it was incredible. Cars and boats from bygone years. Motorcycles. And airplanes. Real...models...salvaged...reconstructed. Clearly, this museum is on... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

On October 7, 2014, the four of us visited the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum. Expecting to find mainly displays relating to airplanes and flight, we were delighted to find many other items. Because Curtiss was a competition bicyclist, there were displays of early bicycles, motorcycles, old automobiles; even an old airstream motor-home. There was plenty of space to walk around... More 

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Greentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

First... It is not all about Curtiss. There is a great deal of other history STUFF.. That said.. WOW! Lots of planes, cars, boats, engines, motorcycles, and the list goes on. Now the best part for me... The restoration shop. Yes, you can go right in and see and touch and talk amazing "shop" with the guys doing the work...... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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49 reviews 49 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

What a great treat. We visited in September, right after the air show and as a result, had most of the museum to ourselves for at least the first hour. There is so much to see and understand in this facility. They have done a marvelous job of display and explanation for the diverse content within this building. The airplanes... More 

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