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Chemung Valley History Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Trolley Tour

My husband and I really enjoyed the historical tour of Elmira. Never knew there was so much there... read more

Reviewed July 12, 2019
Reading, PA
Pleasant People and Place

A lovely small museum that houses interesting facts and artifacts about the Chemung Valley. Nice... read more

Reviewed June 6, 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
415 E Water St, Elmira, NY 14901-3410
+1 607-734-4167
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Reviewed July 12, 2019

My husband and I really enjoyed the historical tour of Elmira. Never knew there was so much there and I learned a lot on the tour. The tour guide was great, but I am sorry to say I don’t remember his name. We hope to...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed June 6, 2019

A lovely small museum that houses interesting facts and artifacts about the Chemung Valley. Nice staff and volunteers. The researcher was very helpful to us as my husband worked on family history.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed April 28, 2019

It is a small city museum so don't expect too much. However, it is very informative and well maintained with interesting exhibits. You can learn a lot about the local area. Staff always willing to answer questions and it is not very expensive at all....More

Date of experience: February 2019
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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
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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 Pamela 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
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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
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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.