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6 Exciting Reasons to Visit the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, located in the Finger Lakes area, is a rich source of aviation, motorcycling and local area history. Close to the serene Keuka Lake, the museum vividly showcases the pioneering endeavors of Glenn H. Curtiss. Its captivating exhibits provide education and fun, making it a notable stop for travelers. As we delve further, we’ll uncover what makes this museum a remarkable place and why a visit should be on your itinerary.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Amazing Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

About the Museum

Established in 1962, the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum is dedicated to celebrating the life and achievements of the aviation pioneer. It is located in Hammondsport and houses a vast collection of early aircraft originals, reproductions, bicycles, motorcycles, and local memorabilia. It offers an intriguing glimpse into past inventions local to Hammondsport. It hosts original and restored aircraft like the 1917 Standard “J-1” to bicycles, motorcycles, and vintage cars.

Each exhibit shares a slice of history, from the early days of flight training to the impact of aviation on the local community. Thoughtfully arranged to engage visitors of all ages, it’s an excellent spot for anyone looking to learn more about the local history while exploring the area.

Who was Glenn Curtiss?

Glenn H. Curtiss, known as the “Father of Naval Aviation,” was a significant figure in the early 20th century. He began with bicycles, moved on to motorcycles with his renowned light weight engine designs that lead him to significant innovations in early powered aircraft design. He moved onto flying boats that lead to major contributions to the U.S. Navy, all or which are well-documented and celebrated within the museum’s walls.

Exhibits on Display

The museum offers several exhibits, all lending to the different industries Curtiss impacted. The Aircraft Collection features original and restored pieces like the 1927 Curtiss “Robin” and the 1917 Curtiss JN-4D “Jenny,” with some unique items on loan. Besides aviation, there’s an Automobile Collection showcasing a range of vintage cars and a Motorcycle Collection with models dating back to 1904. Each exhibit, whether it’s a rare bicycle from 1865,  or a meticulously reproduced 1907 Curtiss 8 Cylinder motorcycle, invites visitors to explore the evolution of transportation and the enduring legacy of Glenn H. Curtiss.

Planning Your Visit


May 1 – October 31: Open daily from 9am to 5pm

November 1 – April 30: Open daily from 10am to 4pm


Visit the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum website for current admission pricing. Museum members, children (6 and under), active-duty military get in for free.

A Stay Worth Remembering at Hammondsport Hotel

After a day of exploring the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, the Hammondsport Hotel is the perfect place for a cozy retreat. Our accommodations are designed to ensure a comfortable and memorable stay.

Every room is outfitted with luxury linens and pillow-top mattresses, providing a restful night’s sleep. We also have an indoor heated pool, exercise facility, and other amenities to make your stay more fun.

Airplane artifact in lobby of The Hammondsport Hotel

Check availability to start planning your journey to the heart of Finger Lakes and ensure a delightful stay at our amenity-rich hotel.