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Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

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Address: 8419 State Route 54, Hammondsport, NY 14840-9795
Phone Number: +1 607-569-2160

The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, bearing the name of Hammondsport's favorite...

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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You must watch the movie beforehand

What a surprise it was. Watch the movie before walking through, it puts everything into proper perspective. My wife dreaded the visit and enjoyed the movie and the following... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Wilfrid L
Cobourg, Canada

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Cobourg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a surprise it was. Watch the movie before walking through, it puts everything into proper perspective. My wife dreaded the visit and enjoyed the movie and the following walkthrough tremendously - so did I.

1 Thank Wilfrid L
Stewartstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lots of great history and the movie is very informative. The write ups about each display was great.

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laconia, nh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We learned so much about a familiar name that we did not know. What a man, he did so much, and then died so young. The museum did his life justice. There were lots of bikes, motorcycles, boats and planes to look at and PLENTY of reading material besides. The gift shop was very, very nice with a nice variety... More 

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Southport, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

They tell the story of Curtiss and his continual fight with the Wright Brothers. He persist and forwards the progress of aviation. The museum is much more than Curtiss, however, and highlights the progress of the early 1900s.

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White Marsh, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We tend to think of the Wright Brothers as the sole pioneers of aviation in the US. The Glenn Curtiss Museum and the story behind the man broadened our knowledge of aviation history in the US and the many facets of Mr. Curtiss. Highly recommend this museum if you are in the area.

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Harpursville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I enjoyed the exhibits and the movie. Included bicycles, motorcycles, airplanes, boats, campers, tractors and on and on. They also had local history displays. The curator was constructing a display of the GAR and took the time to talk to my wife and I about its history and how it hs affected the way our country treats... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had never heard of Glenn Curtiss until this trip. He did amazing things in his short life! The 63 minute film in the museum tells his story. The museum is filled with memorabilia, far more than just planes.

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Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fun day trip we had at the Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, New York. I never knew what a remarkable man Curtiss was. Glenn made the first officially witnessed flight in North America, a fact the Wright Brothers were not happy about. Curtiss also set an unofficial world record of 136.36 miles per hour, on a 40 horsepower, V8-powered... More 

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Hammondsport, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family has donated several articles from WWI. I visited the Museum when it was still in downtown Hammondsport as a child. Went to the new museum recently and was very disappointed in the greeting we received from the two female volunteers at the desk. They were rude and gave the impression they were bored. This put a damper on... More 

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Ben J, Executive Director at Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, and we apologize that your latest visit to our facility was dampened by any actions by our staff or volunteers. The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum takes great pride in our customer service, and we work hard to make each visit a unique and special experience for all of our guests. We will address your concerns... More 

New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Glenn Curtiss Museum has an eclectic collection of planes, cars, motorcycles, boats, doll houses, local memorabilia. The film about the life of Glenn Curtis and his work on early aircraft technology is particularly interesting. It can take a long time to explore all the displays at the museum, or one can take a quick tour around. It's a most... More 

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