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Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

Hammondsport, NY
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Ranked #1 of 17 attractions in Hammondsport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Ottawa, ON
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99 reviews 99 reviews
16 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I knew that Glenn Curtiss was involved in early aviation but I had no idea of the extent of his contributions or of his other interests. He was an inventor holding 87 U.S. patents and considered the "Father of Naval Aviation". At the road entrance to the museum there is a C-46 Commando parked beside the road. There is a... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

This museum not only has artifacts from the life of Glenn Curtiss, but many objects ranging from the time of the earliest motor-driven vehicles to WWII. While the arrangement is a bit hodgepodge, all exhibits have excellent informational plaques and would be interesting to anyone interested in early 20th Century technology and engineering.

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Wellsville, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This museum is eclectic, just like the mind of its namesake. Dynamic innovators like Curtiss pursue many ideas, as evidenced by his work with motorcycles, planes, 5th wheelers and more--there is a lot to see here. They have a section describing the contributions of women in early aviation which is very nicely done as well. There is a restoration room,... More

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Fairport, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Had talked about going for years, since we don't live that far away. Finally made the day trip. My husband, who loves motorcycles and planes thought it was great. And even I found it interesting and enjoyed the history involved! Followed it up with a couple of winery visits. Made a fun day for two!

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Orlando, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This museum was a nice surprise for us. It was bigger than we anticipated and included much more than aviation items. The short movie about Glenn Curtis is a must-see. There are motorcycles, boats, memorabilia from the early 1900's and, of course, airplanes and aviation pieces, There is a restoration room that visitors can enter and watch people work on... More

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Washington DC
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117 reviews 117 reviews
34 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

actually we visited several years ago but this is a great little museum and worth a visit so since it cropped up here it seemed like recommending it would be the thing to do. Very interesting eclectic place.

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Kingston, NY
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68 reviews 68 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This guy Glenn Curtiss was awesome! He made history by creating the first 8 cyl motorcycle capable of going over 100mph-which had no brakes-while being an aviation pioneer performing the first public flight ever in the US. Curtiss is known for being the father of naval aviation as well since one of his planes was the first to take off... More

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Dallas, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This is a must see for visitors but should be a required stop for locals as well! Those of us that went to the old Curtiss school , spent all our years at Hammondsport Central got plenty of history lessons on Glenn Curtiss, and believed he was really the father of aviation, but never really appreciated what a pioneer, daredevil... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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127 reviews 127 reviews
38 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This place is "don't miss" gem for airplane, motorcycle, or boat enthusiasts. Quite a nice historical review of Glenn Curtiss's accomplishments. the 15-minute movie is a good overview. Great collection of old motorcycles, airplanes, airplane engines, and cars. Also, the restoration shop is quite impressive and worth a visit.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
36 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Had jut heard interview with author of new book about Glenn Curtis so stopped into the museum -- space filled with motorcycles, planes, boats and many devices Curtis invented. The movie was very sweet, although the background music annoying!

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