Current Exhibits

Bank Gallery
In the Valley of the Big Horn: A History of Chemung County

In the Valley of the Big Horn tells the history of the county from the earliest days of settlement by Native Americans through the end of the 20th century.  Come and explore important events from the county’s past through objects, historic images and hands-on interactives. 

Mark Twain’s Elmira

Mark Twain’s Elmira focuses on the people and places that the author knew during his time here.  The exhibit features artifacts used by Mark Twain and his family and historic images of Elmira during the late 1800s. 

CCHS Learning Lab Featuring Col. Eileen M. Collins, USAF (Ret.)

Our new family-friendly, hands-on gallery celebrates the life and achievements of the first female NASA Space Shuttle pilot and commander Eileen Collins. Learn about her four missions into space, be inspired by images from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and make an origami rocket to take home.

On Display February 28 – December 30, 2024

Brick Barn Gallery
It’s About TIME: Celebrating 100 Years of the Chemung County Historical Society

This year, the Chemung County Historical Society celebrates our 100th anniversary! This exhibit invites visitors behind the scenes to learn about our history as an institution and explore what it is we actually do as a society. The exhibit explains how items are added to our collection, how we care for our collections, how we design exhibits and how we assist researchers and host programs. The exhibit features a 1923 American LaFrance Brockway Torpedo Fire Engine, a 1906 stained glass window, a full-size carousel horse, and two behind the scenes videos.

On Display through May 25, 2024

Howell Gallery
Your Victorian House is Killing You

This unique exhibit will enlighten visitors about the dangers hiding in three main rooms in the Victorian home. Featuring poisonous wallpaper, toxic clothes, and perilous inventions, this exhibit considers the consumer culture of the 19th century and the changes which followed it.

On Display through May 18, 2024

Frances Brayton Education Room
The 1925 Solar Eclipse

Chemung County was in the path of totality of the solar eclipse on January 24, 1925. This exhibit explores how Elmirans celebrated, what city official feared would happen during the eclipse, and how local businesses capitalized on the crowds that gathered. It also explores the science behind eclipses and how to watch the upcoming solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

On Display: March 8 – July 27, 2024

Howell Extension
The Great Move

We recently moved out of one of our offsite storage locations. Our latest pop-up exhibit explains the process and shares some neat items from our warehouse.

On Display through May 25, 2024