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Historical Places & Museums

 

   

Arnot Art Museum

The Arnot Art Museum is a world-class institution of fine art located at 235 Lake Street in Elmira, New York USA. and open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am - 5pm. Housed in its original 1833 showcase with a grand late-twentieth century gallery addition, the museum displays its permanent collection of 17th to 19th century European paintings, 19th and 20th century American art. Temporary exhibitions highlight various aspects of the collections and include works from around the world. 
Once a family home, the museum is just a short walk from Elmira’s Painted Lady.  (607) 734-3697

The Clemens Center

Located 6 blocks for Elmira’s Painted Lady, The Clemens Center is the region's premiere performing arts center. Recently renovated in 1999, the Clemens Center presents drama, music, and dance throughout the year. The Clemens Center's full calendar of events features National Broadway Musical Tours, National Dance Companies, Popular Stars, Children's Theater, Symphony Orchestras, several local performance companies, and much more.

Chemung Valley History Museum

Take a walk through time and discover treasures from the past. The Chemung Valley History Museum of the Chemung County Historical Society strives to present history in unique and dynamic ways. At the museum, the Chemung County Historical Society offers resources on the history of the Chemung Valley region through collections and exhibits focusing on the Southern Tier of New York State and neighboring Northern Pennsylvania.

Center for Mark Twain Studies

The Mark Twain Exhibit, located in Hamilton Hall, houses photographs, stereoscopic views, and memorabilia from the summers Mark Twain and his family spent in Elmira. The Exhibit also contains association furniture and clothing. Trained student guides are on hand to speak with visitors daily throughout the summer early fall, about Elmira's unique place in Mark Twain's life. Established in 1983, the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College awards internationally-renowned scholars Quarry Farm Fellowships, hosts spring and fall lecture series, and offers a graduate certificate in Mark Twain Studies. The Center also hosts a quadrennial Mark Twain Conference and publishes the Quarry Farm Paper series.

The Corning Museum of Glass 

Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of New York State, The Corning Museum of Glass is the world's largest glass museum, featuring 35 centuries of glass artistry, live glassblowing demonstrations, Make Your Own Glass experiences for all ages and an international Glass Market. It is also home to the Rakow Research Library, which is the library of record on glass and glassmaking, and The Studio, a highly respected glassmaking school. (800) 732-6845

 Harris Hill Soaring Museum and Park

 In addition to their Soaring Museum, There's a lot to do at Harris Hill, for all ages. In addition to public glider rides offered by Harris Hill Soaring, There is the excellent, family-sized Harris Hill Amusement Park with motorized kiddie rides, arcade games, batting cages, a driving range - and food!. They also sport one of the region's best gas-powered micro-race tracks for kids! (607) 734-0641

Newtown Battlefield

Newtown Battlefield State Park sits high on a forested hilltop with a commanding view of the Chemung River Valley below.  It is located in the beautiful southern-tier area of New York State, near Elmira. Full of pristine, quiet, natural beauty, and rich with history going back hundreds of years, the park is an excellent location for anyone searching for any of these things. The park is the "home" of the Chemung Valley Living History Center, a group of people who annually present several Living History Re-enactment events. (607) 732-6067

Tanglewood Nature Center 

The nature center includes a scenic overlook, hiking/Cross Country/snowshoeing trails, nature displays, wildlife observatory, educational displays and gift shop. Tanglewood Nature Center (607) 732-6060

Wings of Eagles Discovery Center 

Formerly The National Warplane Museum,  the Wings Of Eagles Discovery Center is an educational institution founded to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit military aviation memorabilia and to fly military aircraft. The Museum honors the men and women who made sacrifices in defense of their country and in the preservation of world freedom. (607) 739-8200 

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

The Glenn Curtiss Museum highlights the "Spirit of Innovation" which made Glenn Curtiss successful as a cyclist, motorcyclist, aviator, engineer and entrepreneur. Located in the Keuka Lake setting of his early triumphs, including his partnership with Alexander Graham Bell, the museum emphasizes Curtiss' work, achievements and community backdrop from the turn of the century through the 1930's. 607-569-2160

Woodlawn Cemetery 

 The burial site of Mark Twain and his beloved wife, Olivia Langdon, Woodlawn Cemetery is located approximately one mile from Elmira’s Painted Lady. Woodlawn Cemetery is also the resting place for hundreds of unnamed confederate civil war soldiers.

 

 

 

 

 
 

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