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“A history lesson in a great little town”

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Reviewed December 25, 2012

A place to learn about a man, his inventions, flight, motorcycles, etc. A trip into their workshop can be a special treat. Replicas being made, old planes being restored. A cordial and knowledgeable staff. Easy access with wineries and restaurants near by.

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Reviewed December 4, 2012

I have a thing for flying-boats, so this was my treat - but the rest of the family enjoyed it as well, even if they were kept quiet by promises of a seafood supper at the Pelican's Net just down the road.
This is a museum which has clearly been put together and maintained by enthusiasts for a man worth getting enthusiastic about. It is well-presented, full of interesting exhibits properly explained, and clearly a living museum given the way in which the staff attempted to press me into their latest project!
In short, then, a centre of expertise - it has even been on History Detectives as a solid reference source, so we enjoyed telling PBS that we had been there!

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Reviewed November 20, 2012

Glenn Curtiss started the way of the Wright Brothers, bikecycles, glides & aircraft. Glenn went a step further by designing and developing motorcycles. In 1907 he set a world record of 136 MPH on a V-8 powered mototcycle. Part of the museum's collection are a large number of early Harley Davidsons, Hendersons & Curtiss'. Also cycles from the 30's, 40's into the 70's.

Glenn is called the 'Father of American Naval Aviation'. Glenn designed & built the first known seaplnes. The museum's reproduction replica's include the 1912 & 1914 Flying Boats, 1911 Traid, 1919 Sea Gull. Other a/c are the June Bug 11, 1917 Jenny, 1931 Curtiss-Wright Junior,1929 C/W Pusher. One staff member told me the museum has a total of 22 aircraft.

Another big exhibit are antique automobiles. I counted six Ford Model T's & A's, three Buicks, with a number other autos I have never heard of. I have visited at least five times, noting that there is tour around of motorcycles and autos.,These exhibits were probably on loan.

The has an active restoration shop, which producted the above replicas, in which some have flown. I watched the 1914 America Flying Boat take flight in September 2008, during the museum's annual seaplane weelend fly in. At present the shop is in the early stages of restoring a Curtiss P-40N Warhawk.. This a/c wass recovered from a Flordia swamp.

In the lobby is a small American Civil War exhibit. Two glass cases of rifles, an 1861 3" Ordnance cannon and two short bigraphies of two generals. one south, one north.

The museum's theater shows a 15 minutevideo of Glenn's early life, aircraft built and flown through the 30's. The gift shop has an extended one hour DVD of Glenn's life. The gift shop has books, clothing, models, toys & stuffed animals.

Besides the motorcycles, automobiles & aircraft, are speed boats, engines from WW 1 & WW 11, a small section about early Women Aviation Pineers, Innovation & Play Area ans an 1860 Wine Industry.

This is not just a state known museum. Visitors are international.On one wall are two maps, the U.S. & the World. Pins are from every state, South America, Africa, Europe, Russia, Middle East countries, India, China, Japan, Australia & New Zealand.

If a visitor takes their time to read & view all exhibits, a hour will passby in no time. Each staff member bia able to answer all questions. Parking is free, with wheelchair accessible spaces nxt to the museum's entrance. The museum is wheelchair access through out.

Since Hammondsport is a small village, the mueum is located off R54, just about about 3/8 mile south of the only traffic light on R54. When a visitor sees a large cargo plane on their right, they have found the museum's entrance.

Museum Hours:
Summerr: May1-October31, 2012.
Monday-Saturday 9:00-5:00.
Sundasy-10:00-5:00.

Winter Hours.
November 1-April 30, 2013.
Monday-Saturday 10:00-4:00.
Sundasy 10:00-4:00.

Admission: Adults-$8.50.
Seniors-65 & over-$7.00.
Students-7 to 18-$5.00.
Chilred 6 & under -Free.

If a visitor is an enthusiast of early motorcycles, autos, aircraft or are interested in early 1900's America, this museum would be for them. A visit is highly recommended, as this museum will not disappoint.

Jack L., Syracuse, New York.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

A great place to visit and learn about history of flight and American innovation. Who knew that Hammonsport was one of the birthplaces of flight and motorcycles. Tour at your own pace. The displays are fantastic.

Thank Phyllis B
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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!

Thank Professor_Ken
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