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. 

Culture: Pakistani Immigration to Chemung County

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:Pakistani Immigration to Chemung County

On Display through February 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 June 9, 2024

Howell Gallery
Faces of Chemung County

Ever wonder what it would be like to step into the world inside a portrait? This exhibit invites you into the lives of nine individuals whose portraits are displayed throughout the gallery. Each portrait is accompanied by objects and clothing which its subjects would have encountered in their life. Meet a Gilded Age socialite, a 9-yr-old schoolboy, a career soldier, a pioneering female doctor, a Native American woman, a WWII veteran, a famous businessman, a reverend, and an unidentified Black woman whose story generates many thoughtful questions. 

On Display through December 1, 2023

Frances Brayton Education Room
Fiber Arts of the Chemung Valley Fiber Arts Guild

This exhibit showcases the work of the local Fiber Arts Guild alongside historic weaving and spinning tools from the Museum’s collection. 

On Display through December 9, 2023