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The Curtiss Museum is a unique facility that focuses on early aviation, local history and the creative genius of Glenn H. Curtiss. Featured are: early aircraft, bicycles and motorcycles, engines, boats, an early travel trailer and a large display of early 1900's Americana.

Artifacts include: antique dolls, toys, clothing, farm implements, fire engines and much more. Permanent exhibits also include displays pertaining to The Civil War, World War I and World War II. Special exhibits throughout the year feature such temporary displays as Miniatures and Dollhouses, Quilts and Embroidery and Transportation.Educational Center

All tours are guided by trained volunteer docents who are briefed on the age level of the tour group and any specific themes that are being studied by the visiting student or adult groups. The Curtiss Museum staff strives to make the learning relevant and enjoyable.

It is recommended that you schedule your educational tour at least one month in advance. Have several possible dates in mind when you contact the museum to schedule. May and June fill up fast. Make sure to state the program you are interested in and the grade level if it will be a school tour. Schools should provide one chaperone for every ten students.

Please contact the Education Director if you have requests or requirements.



Tours begin with a 14 minute video on Curtiss and his achievements. The tour also includes a visit to our Restoration Shop, where volunteers work daily at restoring aircraft. The tour concludes with some free time for students to revisit points of interest, visit the gift shop or enjoy a bag lunch in the museum's open area or outdoor picnic area.

The Glenn Curtiss Story

This general tour is suitable for all ages. The tour begins with a film and continues with a guided tour and visit to the restoration shop. (1-1 1/2 hours)

In Flight In Flight

Three part program that is interdisciplinary with their school programs.

Part I - Science & Technology

Part II - Local History with Aircraft

Part III - Aircraft Control Systems

Archeological Dig

An outdoor, on site simulated dig which is ideal for 6th graders as they research the early world and the procedures used by archeologists when working on a dig. We prefer to have no more than 24 students on the site per session. Digs are scheduled from May 1 - Oct. 15.


Adult Group Rate
Student Group Rate
Classroom Teachers
Bus Drivers
$7.00 each
$3.00 each

Contact Information

Director of Education

The Curtiss Museum
8419 State Route 54
Hammondsport, NY 14840
ph. 607.569.2160
fax 607.569.2040

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