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Chemung Valley History Museum

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Great small museum

This museum has a small but interesting collection. The young woman at the front desk was very... read more

Reviewed October 21, 2018
York, Pennsylvania
For local and history buffs

This small museum on one floor, in the historic Chemung Canal Bank Building, is like a mini Forrest... read more

Reviewed September 30, 2018
John N
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Reviewed October 21, 2018

This museum has a small but interesting collection. The young woman at the front desk was very helpful and gave us an overview of the collection. Well worth a stop if you are visitng Elmira.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Joyquilts
Reviewed September 30, 2018

This small museum on one floor, in the historic Chemung Canal Bank Building, is like a mini Forrest Gump of events that played throughout our American History. From Native-American migrations brought on during battles in the Revolutionary War (Sullivan-Clinton Campaign), Underground Railroad, Civil War training...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank John N
Reviewed September 1, 2018

Excellent! One should first visit the museum and then I highly recommend they partake the trolley tour. Each employee encountered was friendly and extremely informative. The trolley tour with a male was about a hour long with him giving a excellent narrative on Elmira's history,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank arnold t
Reviewed August 7, 2018

I have always enjoyed visits to the Historical Society just to gaze upon the items that normally are stashed away in the vault. When a new exhibition is announced, I'm there to see what goodies are on display. I love history in general, but seeing...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Pam W
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

We stopped in to get directions to Mark Twain ' s study. See the museum. Learn their history. Take the one hour trolley tour that begins at the top of each hour! Elmira has a lot to offer the visitor beyond Twain! On the trolley,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 19, 2018

Friendly staff with eclectic collection of Elmira & Mark Twain historical displays. Very nice section on Jewish immigrants contribution to Elmira's history and the Gilded Age in the region. $5 regular price, $3 for seniors.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Randyrags
Reviewed August 10, 2017

I found a stone artifact in my back yard and described it to the staff and they went directly to a book and helped me identify it. great displays and info about the local history.

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank JohnandJaneS
Reviewed July 6, 2017 via mobile

We were on the first trolley tour of the day. Our tour driver and guides name was Mark! He gave an excellent tour of the towns history and notable people. From Olivia's (Twains wife)well to do family, to the members of the Underground Railroad, to...More

Date of experience: July 2017
3  Thank Barbara R
Reviewed June 14, 2017

It's simple: a larger Exhibit for John W Jones is needed. There is entire corner dedicated to Mark Twain. Clearly he is a local hero. John W Jones should have been given equal recognition. He buried about 2973 soldiers who fought in the Civil War...More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank Zee716
Reviewed May 6, 2017

The Museum always offers a fun, interactive and unique experience for all ages. Worthy of many stops as the exhibits change frequently.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank StaceyJGW
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July 31, 2017|
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Response from Barbara R | Reviewed this property |
It's probably closed now though. It's almost 6 p.m.
July 31, 2017|
Response from Barbara R | Reviewed this property |
Every hour starting at either 9 or 10 a.m.