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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: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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.
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Baltimore, Maryland
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83 reviews 83 reviews
40 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Emmaus, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

On a recent visit to the Finger Lakes Wine Country we were pleasantly surprised to find this museum in Hammondsport NY. Although we were not in the area to visit museums, we are happy we stopped by this one. It follows Glenn Curtis from bicycles to motorcycles to airplanes. and eventually the Curtis-Wright Airplane engine company. Lots of stuff to... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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141 reviews 141 reviews
26 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The staff at The Flour Shop in Penn Yan mentioned the Curtiss Museum after my husband commented on a painting in the restaurant. Little did we realize that we were less than 30 minutes away. My husband, being an aviation enthusiast, couldn't wait to go! The museum isn't just about aviation. Curtiss had many inventions. We found the section on... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

What a great museum! I'm so glad that we went. Stuff I never knew about our state and about Hammondsport. Glenn Curtiss was a ground breaker, entrepreneur and history maker, right here in NY! It was just fascinating and all of the exhibits were terrific. If you want to learn more about the history of aviation and are a motorcycle... More

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Watsontown, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This museum was wonderful and had a LOT of items to look at! The tour starts out with a short video about Glenn H. Curtiss' life and his accomplishments. Then the museum is a self guided tour that leads you through Curtiss' inventions, accomplishments, and beyond. While walking through the museum I couldn't help but ask myself "how did I... More

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Windsor, CT
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

fabulous treat to see. we had no idea there was so much history in this area. it came as a total surprise to us.

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Salt Lake City
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94 reviews 94 reviews
15 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

A great family friendly operation with something to appeal to just about any age. Easy to get to, just five miles up the road from the Bath exit on I-86. Obviously the biggest features are Glenn Curtiss and aviation history. But, there are large collections of diverse fields such as motorcycles, doll houses, vintage toys, even guns. Besides the artifacts... More

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Jean D, Public Relations Manager at Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the nice review! More

New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This museum was set up in such a way that every exhibit flowed nicely into the next. The displays were well preserved and cared for. Each exhibit had interesting information provided about it. It was unique seeing the embroidery exhibit from the Corning EGA on display here as well. I appreciated seeing the photography equipment on display. There was something... More

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