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Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

8419 State Route 54, Hammondsport, NY 14840
+1 607-569-2160
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Brooklyn, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

My husband and I went here because it was included in some of the sight-seeing brochures at our hotel. We are so glad we went! It's a nice big little museum. By "big little", I mean it's like a small town museum in how friendly and personable everyone who works there is, but it is huge and comprehensive! I mean,... More

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I love this museum. There is so much history that we were not taught in school. Glenn Curtiss was an amazing inventor and the museum does a fabulous job of explaining, through a variety of media, the story of his life. The authentic workshop attached is very worth a tour. The actual planes and cars in the museum are unusual... More

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Rochester, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

My husband is very interested in aviation history, I took him there and he was very impressed with everything in the museum- it was very well laid out, and I liked the movie about the life of Glenn Curtiss. Nothing really to dislike .

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Allentown, PA
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203 reviews 203 reviews
34 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I must admit that I wasn't too excited when my spouse suggested a visit to this museum while we were vacationing in the Finger Lakes area as I am not particularly interested in airplanes or motorcycles/bicycles. I can't begin to tell you, though, how much we BOTH enjoyed it! The exhibits are so varied (from airplanes & motorcycles/bicycles, of course,... More

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Shavertown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Local history, interesting items to see. Museum people were really nice. A lot to see for $8.50. The museum uses all monies collected for upkeep and securing more attractions.

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Fairfield, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We had never heard of Glen Curtis, but had read the review on Trip Advisor. What an interesting museum. There were no crowds and many wonderful exhibits. The people working in the restoration shop are very dedicated and proud of what they do. A must see!

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Malta, New York
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57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Better plan more than an hour to do this site. Thought we knew a lot of Glenn Curtiss until we drove in the parking lot. The Condor at the front gate was the first clue---not your usual hometown museum. The actual exhibits are laid out in chronological order, but the number of inventive ideas that Curtiss handled is dizzying. There... More

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Massena, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

My husband and son visited this museum and they said it was excellent. They were surprised at what was exhibited and said there was planes, boats and motorcycles. A lot of history and things they never knew. They would definitely recommend it.

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Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Being a aircraft buff I thought I knew something of Glenn Curtiss. I was blown away by the inventiveness of this man. I knew he build airplanes, motorcycles and engines but one bicycle in particular was amazing. It had no visible gears chains or anything but the peddles to propel it. It had a drive shaft built into one of... More

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Clifton Park, New York
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52 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Small town - small museum? Not really. This place has some real class. 35,000 sq. ft. of all kinds of interesting stuff. Of course there is Glenn Curtiss, and his contributions to flight. He was truly a pioneer when aviation was "getting off the ground." But he was a motorcycle racer, bicyclist, inventor, and businessman. He also helped bring about... More

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