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“A Museum about a Fascinating Aviator and 19th Century Life” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
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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.
Middletown, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“A Museum about a Fascinating Aviator and 19th Century Life”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Although Glenn Curtis is not a household name today, he was a famous inventor and extremely well known in the early 20th century. He was an innovator, inventor, and held many records for land and air travel, and was an early aviation industrialist during World War I. This museum bearing his name provides a rich picture of his life and his accomplishments. However, it also includes a lot of displays about life around Keuka Lake in the late 19th and early 20th century. Don't be surprised if you want to stay longer than you intended when you visit this museum. It's a great place to visit after visiting a winery or two also!

Visited October 2012
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Atlanta, U.S.A.
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“Off the beaten track but worth the trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

Glen H. Curtiss, a contemporary and fierce competitor of the Wright Brothers, was one of the true pioneers of aviation. That he was also, like Thomas Edison, a man deeply interested in many emerging technologies, was something we were not aware of. That's why we were glad to find and visit this amazing museum.

We have always sought out and been fortunate to find places that appeal to our varied interests -- and the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum hit the spot. While heading up to Keuka Lake on a winery tour we saw the sign and airplane out front and said 'why not'? It was a great decision!

The museum is far larger than it looks like from the road, with a cavernous building housing a huge variety of items from the life and times of Glen Curtiss. You'll find many historical models and actual planes from the early days of aviation. What's more, you'll discover that Curtiss was a man eager to try new things -- who knew that he rode a motorcycle at 138 MPH and so became the fastest man on wheels -- a record he held for many years? The museum covers most of his life and times, from his early days of bicycling near the turn of 1900 through WW2 and then some. There is even an on-site restoration shop where the team is in the process of restoring one of Curtiss' more interesting planes, the Curtiss P-40, made famous by the Flying Tigers in China during WW2.

It is a fascinating look at the man and the machines, and well-recommended!

Visited October 2012
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Severna Park, MD
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“Great history lesson”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012

I had never heard of Glenn Curtiss, but after touring the museum I came away with the impression that this man's accomplishments rank right up there with those of Alexander Graham Bell and the Wright brothers. Spend two hours here, at least.

Visited October 2012
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“interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

My father and I visited here. The boats and the bikes were really interesting. It was very laid back and relaxed so you had time to stand and read about everything. I learned a lot and had a great day with my dad.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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“Father of Naval Aviation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

Glenn Curtiss Museum has a very interesting history of Curtiss's development of airplanes that can take off from water and motorcycles. Great Museum!

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