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Chemung Valley History Museum

415 E Water St, Elmira, NY 14901-3410
+1 607-734-4167
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Trolley tour and museum visit

We were on the first trolley tour of the day. Our tour driver and guides name was Mark! He gave... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Barbara R
Erie, Pennsylvania
via mobile
Larger Exhibit for John W Jones is needed.

It's simple: a larger Exhibit for John W Jones is needed. There is entire corner dedicated to Mark... read more

Reviewed 14 June 2017
Lackawanna, New York
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415 E Water St, Elmira, NY 14901-3410
+1 607-734-4167
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Barbara R
Reviewed 14 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

1  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 26 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
Reviewed 2 August 2016

The Chemung Valley History Museum is the jumping off point for the Trolley tour into Mark Twain Country. The museum itself is quite unpretentious, but offers some insights into the life of Mark Twain at his summer residence where he did much of his writing.

Thank markmd
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

We took part in the wonderful Twain Trolley tour then checked out the museum. Very well put together. We learned a lot! It is a small kid friendly and interactive museum. If you are in the area...check it out and do the Twain Trolley Tour!

Thank Jentley D
Reviewed 17 July 2016

A great little museum with some really interesting exhibits on show. Elmira has more history that you would think and really should promote this more. Mark Twain, the Langdon family and one of the deadliest Civil War POW camps. You could easily fill a couple...More

Thank J C
Reviewed 16 July 2016

The museum is housed in a old bank building; which in itself is very interesting. The old vault and infrastructure is pretty much all intact. For the architecture alone its worth seeing. But the museum charges a small fee ($5 for seniors...) and is very...More

2  Thank geminigirlNewYork
Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

You have seen at least a dozen of these museums: depicting a pioneer town that grew into a locally important town which is now in serious decline. The time of fame for Elmira was during the civil war and for 50 years on (including Mark...More

Thank Olle W
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