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
“Grand, Domestic and Truly Comfy”: The Langdon Mansion in Elmira, New York

This exhibition tells the story of the Langdon mansion, the home of one of Elmira’s most prominent and historically significant families. It features numerous period images of the interior as well as furniture, decorative objects, and works of art original to the mansion. Many pieces on loan from the Center for Mark Twain Studies have not been seen by the public for nearly 85 years.

On Display June 28, 2024 through May 31, 2025

Howell Gallery
Dr. Eldridge’s Park & 100 Years of Amusements at Eldridge Park

This pair of exhibits tells the story of Eldridge Park from its creation by Dr. Edwin Eldridge in the mid-1800s through its growth into the amusement park we know today. Pieces of several rides are on display including the lion from the original merry-go-round on loan from the Eldridge Park Carousel Preservation Society.

On Display through January 2025

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