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. 



Brick Barn Gallery

All in a Day's Work: Dressed for Success

If you were a nanny in 1850, what would you wear to work? What if you were a doctor in 1928? All in a Day’s Work: Dressed for Success explores the official and unofficial uniforms people wore on the job and how they changed over time. This new exhibit features historic clothing and photographs from the mid-1800s through the late 1900s.

On Display through June 3, 2022



Howell Gallery

Ross Marvin: Arctic Explorer 

Elmiran Ross Marvin was a scientist, engineer, and adventurer. He went on two expeditions to reach the North Pole with Commander Robert Peary, in 1906-1906 and 1908-1909. On the second journey, he tragically lost his life. This exhibit highlights his adventures and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, and features objects he collected in his travels as well as excerpts from the journals he kept during both voyages.

On Display through September 30, 2022   



Frances Brayton Education Room

Going Postal  

Did you know that in the early 1800s local newspapers printed lists of people with mail waiting for them at the post office and that they had to pay to pick up their letters? Did you also know that it is a federal crime to run a private mail delivery service? Learn about these and other fun facts about mail and the history of the post office in our new exhibit, Going Postal.




Chemung County Historical Society
415 E. Water Street
Elmira, NY 14901
Phone: (607) 734-4167
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Open Monday - Saturday
10AM - 5PM

$5 - Adults
$3 - Seniors
$1 - Students (6-18)
Free - Children Under 5
Free - CCHS Members


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