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Chemung Valley History Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A late August 2018 visit

Excellent! One should first visit the museum and then I highly recommend they partake the trolley... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
arnold t
Ithaca, New York
When Elmira Was Thriving!

I have always enjoyed visits to the Historical Society just to gaze upon the items that normally... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
Pam W
Elmira, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent! One should first visit the museum and then I highly recommend they partake the trolley tour. Each employee encountered was friendly and extremely informative. The trolley tour with a male was about a hour long with him giving a excellent narrative on Elmira's history,...More

Thank arnold t
Reviewed 7 August 2018

I have always enjoyed visits to the Historical Society just to gaze upon the items that normally are stashed away in the vault. When a new exhibition is announced, I'm there to see what goodies are on display. I love history in general, but seeing...More

Thank Pam W
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

We stopped in to get directions to Mark Twain ' s study. See the museum. Learn their history. Take the one hour trolley tour that begins at the top of each hour! Elmira has a lot to offer the visitor beyond Twain! On the trolley,...More

1  Thank LiveWellTravelWell
Reviewed 20 July 2018

Friendly staff with eclectic collection of Elmira & Mark Twain historical displays. Very nice section on Jewish immigrants contribution to Elmira's history and the Gilded Age in the region. $5 regular price, $3 for seniors.

Thank Randyrags
Reviewed 10 August 2017

I found a stone artifact in my back yard and described it to the staff and they went directly to a book and helped me identify it. great displays and info about the local history.

1  Thank JohnandJaneS
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

We were on the first trolley tour of the day. Our tour driver and guides name was Mark! He gave an excellent tour of the towns history and notable people. From Olivia's (Twains wife)well to do family, to the members of the Underground Railroad, to...More

3  Thank Barbara R
Reviewed 15 June 2017

It's simple: a larger Exhibit for John W Jones is needed. There is entire corner dedicated to Mark Twain. Clearly he is a local hero. John W Jones should have been given equal recognition. He buried about 2973 soldiers who fought in the Civil War...More

2  Thank Zee716
Reviewed 6 May 2017

The Museum always offers a fun, interactive and unique experience for all ages. Worthy of many stops as the exhibits change frequently.

Thank StaceyJGW
Reviewed 4 March 2017

You probably won't be bothered by the crowds at the museum, but the details make it an interesting experience. Knowing some of the local history might be of benefit to fully appreciate some of the items. Located in an old bank building, some of the...More

Thank RayMargeson
Reviewed 27 August 2016

With limited time in Elmira and a huge interest in Mark Twain, we took the Trolley Tour of Elmira which starts at the Chemung Valley History Museum. The museum is small, but inexpensive. The Trolley tour was only$4 each! The host of the Trolley Tour...More

Thank Donna T
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1 August 2017|
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Response from Barbara R | Reviewed this property |
It's probably closed now though. It's almost 6 p.m.
1 August 2017|
Response from Barbara R | Reviewed this property |
Every hour starting at either 9 or 10 a.m.