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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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Southbury, Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Definitely not just an aviation museum. From airplanes to dollhouse miniatures to a collection of Adventure movie memorabilia and a flower wreath made of human hair, this museum is not to be missed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is a brilliant small museum that gives great insight to the genius that was Glenn Curtiss. However, that doesn't even scratch the surface. In this museum you will also find many, many displays of airplane engines, airplanes, boats and all of the hardware that goes into them. And these aren't hidden away--they are out in the middle of the... More

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Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

My husband is the big airplane fan so I figured he would enjoy this museum. But I was surprised at how much I also enjoyed it. It is bigger than expected and has much more than planes. It was a great learning experience for me. The folks working there were very friendly and helpful. This is a must do when... More

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Rockville, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This museum has wonderful exhibits. The only criticism was that they have trouble limiting the scope and saying no to donations offered. In addition to great exhibits about Curtiss, his life, and early aviation in general, the museum includes items that seem not to be relevant to the mission of the museum, such as kids' toys and information about winemaking.... More

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Ottawa, ON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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

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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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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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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61 reviews 61 reviews
22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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42 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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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