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. 

Chemung County Heritage Series

Chemung County Heritage Series:


Over its long history, Chemung County has attracted immigrants from all over the world. This rotating exhibit will highlight the history, heritage, and culture of specific groups. 

Currently on display: Polonia

On Display through July 31, 2023

Brick Barn Gallery
When Waters Recede: 50 years since the Flood of 1972


On Display through June 9, 2023

Howell Gallery
If It’s Worth Selling, It’s Worth Seeing

The Thatcher Glass Manufacturing Company was part of Chemung County’s history for eighty years. This exhibit tells that history and features a wide assortment of glass containers, as well as, blueprints of the bottles, photographs of the Elmira plant and employees, and company advertisements.

On Display through October 9, 2021

Frances Brayton Education Room
Fit to Print

This exhibit explores the history of printing in Chemung County from the 1810s through modern times. It features historic photographs, locally produced posters, newspapers, and lithographs, and artifacts including printing plates and type.

On Display through July 31, 2021