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Corning Museum of Glass, Corning

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Dedicated to the history, art, and science of glass Corning Museum of Glass boasts a collection of more than 45,000 glass objects. Trace 3,500 years of glass history around the world through the museum’s varied collections. Highlights include the glass portrait of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh and Venetian glass masterpieces. Head to the contemporary gallery to view objects from the last 25 years. At the Innovation Center, learn about the science and technology behind glass. The museum also offers daily classes, so you can try glassmaking and take home your own handmade souvenir. For more souvenir options, browse the large gift shop, which sells artworks, home items, jewelry, collectibles, and more. Use our Corning tourist route planner to visit Corning Museum of Glass on your trip to Corning, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I really wasn't sure what to expect of this place, but it is legitimate a world class place. Insane amount of glass from around the world from 2500 years ago to the present. Cool live demonstrations &...  more »
  • This is a really great experience for all ages. It really shows the versatility of glass and all of the fascinating uses it has! If you are bringing children, there are some great glass pieces that ev...  more »
  • ''Twas quite hot today which made the visit all the better. But seriously, what a great bit of history devoted to such a 'common' material. Industrial to arts to lighting you'll find yourself winding ...  more »
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  • One of my very favorite museums on the entire USA!!! They have demonstrations, special exhibits and a modern wing now. Plan on spending at least a day!! Your ticket is good for two days which can be easily done here. They also have a cafe, a make your own glass studio, and a Research Library as well as at least 5 demo studios. I would venture to say that this is the best glass museum in the world!
  • Amazing place to visit for both Kids and Adults alike. Every time we visit we plan a visit for our kids to the workshop so they can make something for themselves, Christmas Ornaments, Flowers, Nightlights, etc, etc, etc... My son absolutely loves to make them and then in the exposition next door to the workshop to do the scavenger hunt, and it seems to never get old. He is always looking forward to visiting the workshop and the gift shop (probably more then my anyone else). For a 10 year old that is amazing!
  • Stopped here on a whim enroute to Syracuse. The demonstrations were a lot of fun and didn't take up too much time from touring the museum. The staff was extremely knowledge able and the flow through the museum was well managed. If you are looking for a place to stop, I would recommend spending an two or three hours here.
  • You can create your own glass art. Decided to stop by this museum due to the high ratings online. Pros Large parking area You can create your own glass art, for a fee. There are several types of glass art to pick from and cost is based on the type. When paying for the class you can pick your start time which is great to continue in the museum until your time starts. The art creations are beautiful. The glass blowing show in the theater is worth seeing. Also there are plenty of screens to show what is going on up close. The best is the camera in the back of the oven. Cons Parking signage is confusing and easy to go the wrong way. Don't understand the purpose of the welcome center they just told us to follow the red line across the street to the museum. Create your own art cannot be picked up until the next day. Entrance fee is pricey A great rainy day activity.
  • Worth a visit. There are demo sessions on how they make glass and they even have "Make your own glass" which my 4 year old enjoyed doing. She did sand blasting. If you are going anywhere close to Corning and have time, do not miss visiting this place.