With the nickname of “America’s Crystal City,” the city of Corning, New York has a long history of being at the forefront of everything glass. While the city is home to The Corning Museum of Glass, the largest museum of glass artifacts and art in the world, there are more reasons to visit Corning in the Finger Lakes than just its artisan glass. There are many boutique shops, inventive cuisine, historic buildings, art galleries, a brewery, and the nearby wine country. The Gaffer District, the city’s quaint downtown area, is a particularly popular area to explore. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Corning Museum of Glass
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The Corning Museum of Glass is the largest glass museum in the world, providing an opportunity for visitors to explore around 3,500 years of history in glassmaking throughout its collection galleries. Works range from a massive Tiffany window to a small Egyptian pharaoh head, highlighting the artistry and wonder behind the art of glassmaking. Guests can browse the most recent works in glass in the Contemporary Art and Design Wing, watch a live Hot Glass Demo, test their skills with Make Your Own Glass, and much more. The Corning Museum of Glass is open seven days a week, year-round.
1 Museum Way, Corning, NY 14830, Phone: 800-732-6845
2.The Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY
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The Rockwell MUseum in the Finger Lakes city of Corning is a community center that offers opportunities for people to reflect on, connect with, and enjoy the essence of American values, character, and spirit through American artists. The museum’s collection of original masterpieces by American artists include a mix of landscape paintings, traditional bronze sculptures, contemporary Native American artwork, and many other works embodying America, as well as the migration west. The unique Rockwell Museum is open daily from 9:00am until 8:00pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day, or 9:00am until 5:00pm the rest of the year.
111 Cedar St, Corning, NY 14830, Phone: 607-937-5386
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3.West End Gallery, Corning, New York
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The West End Gallery in Corning, New York is home to a great assortment of representational artwork. Changing original art exhibits highlight an array of mediums, such as glass, bronze, wood, ceramic, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, oil, and more. Works by olver fifty talented artists are featured in the West End Gallery, including Thomas Buechner, Martin Poole, GC Myers, Brian Keeler, Tom Gardner, Joseph Daily, and Trish Coonrod. This family-owned and operated art gallery is also the longest standing fine arts gallery in the city of Corning, having been located on the historic Market Street for more than forty years.
12 W Market St, Corning, NY 14830, Phone: 607-936-2011
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4.Iron Flamingo Brewery, Corning, New York
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The Iron Flamingo Brewery may have gotten its name from a simple friendly prank, however, the people behind the local brewery are definitely serious when it comes to creating good brews. Corning’s first craft brewery, the Iron Flamingo Brewery focuses on crafting beers for distribution to local bars and restaurants, along with a handful of larger retail outlets in the region. Visitors can stop by the brewery to sample their brews or enjoy a pint or two in the uniquely designed tasting room or in the outdoor seating area. Iron Flamingo also regularly hosts local food vendors and uses ingredients from local farmers.
196 Baker St, Corning, NY 14830, Phone: 607-936-4766
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5.St Mary's Church, Corning, New York
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St. Mary’s Church in the city of Corning, an interesting destination with Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region, is a historic church boasting beautiful architecture and offers a friendly and welcoming place for both visitors and locals to worship while in Corning. One of the city’s oldest churches, St. Mary’s Church provides what could be described as “old school Catholioc mass.” The church features many stunning stained-glass windows and mass services include choir singing and organ playing. With the Finger Lakes region being a popular tourist destination, St. Mary’s Church is ideal for travelers wanting to still attend church services.
155 State St, Corning, NY 14830, Phone: 607-936-4689
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6.Hand and Foot, Corning, NY
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A creative and unique bar in the city of Corning, Hand + Foot serves “craveable food” from lunch through late night within a setting focused on community and craft. Everything at Hand and Foot is lovingly curated and crafted by the owners, Laurie and Dan Morton, who have a passion for establishing a place that guests will feel is a “home-away-from-home.” The space features chairs and couches nestled in window niches, a long community table, and good music. Hand + Foot is open Monday to Wednesday 11:30am until midnight, until 1:00am Thursday to Saturday, and 12:00pm until 9:00pm on Sundays.
69 W Market St, Corning, NY 14830, Phone: 607-973-2547
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7.The Cellar, Corning, New York
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The Cellar offers both a fine dining experience for guests in the main restaurant dining room or a more casual experience with its bar area. The goal of this unique Corning dining establishment is to provide a fun and non-intimidating environment for people to savor the excellent wines produced at the local wineries of New York’s Finger Lakes wine country. Hard-to-find international wines and highly acclaimed domestic ones are also available. The food menu at The Cellar is a “modern fusion” menu featuring farm-to-table cuisine that utilizes organic and local produce and meats as much as possible.
21 W Market St, Corning, NY 14830, Phone: 607-377-5552
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8.Sorge's Restaurant, Corning, New York
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Sorge's Restaurant provides homestyle Italian fare with a touch of Old World flair to the community of Corning, New York. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant menu features lasagna, meatballs, garlic bread, pasta, and several other popular Italian dishes. In addition to its regular menu, Sorge’s Restaurant also offers a brunch buffet on Sundays and a dinner pasta buffet at night. House specialties include the fried ravioli, featured pasta, broiled haddock, and the deep fried scallops. The local restaurant has been a family tradition in Corning of serving authentic Italian dishes and homemade pasta since 1951.
68 W Market St, Corning, NY 14830, Phone: 607-937-5422
9.Rico's Pizza and Subs, Corning, New York
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The flagship store of Rico's Pizza and Subs is situated at the West End of the Historic Gaffer District of Corning, New York. Opened by three brothers and their father in 1985, the restaurant has long been a family affair and has seen quite a bit of success over the years with a menu of New York-style pizza, chicken wings, subs, and salads that boasts unique flavors and spirit. Since it originally opened its first shop, Rico's Pizza and Subs has grown to now include two additional locations in Horseheads, opened in 1992, and Bath, which opened in 2011.
92 W Market St, Corning, NY 14830, Phone: 607-962-2300
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9 Best Things to Do in Corning, New York
- Corning Museum of Glass, Photo: Corning Museum of Glass
- The Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY, Photo: The Rockwell Museum
- West End Gallery, Corning, New York, Photo: West End Gallery
- Iron Flamingo Brewery, Corning, New York, Photo: Iron Flamingo Brewery
- St Mary's Church, Corning, New York, Photo: Yuriy Kulik/stock.adobe.com
- Hand and Foot, Corning, NY, Photo: Hand + Foot
- The Cellar, Corning, New York, Photo: The Cellar
- Sorge's Restaurant, Corning, New York, Photo: Sorge's Restaurant
- Rico's Pizza and Subs, Corning, New York, Photo: Rico's Pizza and Subs
- Cover Photo: Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes
Attraction Spotlight: Corning Museum of Glass
The Corning Museum of Glass in NY was established by Corning Glass Works in 1951 as a gift to the country in honor of the 100th anniversary of the company. The museum focuses on telling the story of glass. Quite a lot can be said about glass. Glass is an ancient and versatile material that to this day is still being explored and understood not just by artists, but by historians and scientists as well. Through galleries and changing exhibitions, the Corning Museum of Glass tells the story of glass.
The best collection of historical glass and art is displayed and cared for at the Corning Museum of Glass. Over 3,500 years of glass history is showcased in the Glass Collection Galleries, ranging from an ancient Egyptian pharaoh's glass portrait to contemporary glass sculpture. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the technology and science behind glass innovations at the Innovation Center through hands-on exhibits. At the center, guests can explore the concepts behind windows, vessels, and optics, as well as meet innovators who have used glass to change the world.
The museum is a dynamic institution that actively educates, collects, preserves, and shares the experience of glass. Narrated, live glassmaking demonstrations offered each day bring the art glass to life. For guests interested in trying their own hand at glassmaking, the Corning Museum of Glass offers daily Make Your Own Glass sessions. The Studio at the museum provides a more intensive glassmaking experience, offering year-round courses of all skill levels, ranging from one-day class to courses that span multiple weeks.
The Corning Museum houses the most celebrated and comprehensive glass collection in the world. Visitors start their self-guided tour of the facility at the Contemporary Art and Design Galleries, the largest single space dedicated to displaying contemporary glass design and art in the world. The tour continues to the Innovation Center, offering an interactive view at new discoveries in glass. After the center is the 35 Centuries of Glass Galleries, featuring over 3,500 years of glass works from the museum's holdings. The Contemporary Glass Gallery showcases works in glass from 1975-2000. The tour of the Corning Museum of Glass also includes Hot Glass Demonstrations every day, all day.
The Innovation Center contains several activity stations that let visitors bend light and glass. Three floating pavilions are connected by a bridge 300 feet long. A gigantic glass egg hanging from the center's ceiling is a bulb-like theater in which the TV picture tube and the development of electric light radiate from the "filament." A tower made of casserole dishes encloses a story of how casserole dishes were made possible by a lucky accident. The glass floor of the Innovation Center is a great vantage point from which guests can watch the story of strengthened glass. Hanging windshields form a sculpture of glass overhead. Visitors can meet inventors in the Glass Innovation Center, and learn how their ideas involving glass have changed the world.
1 Museum Way, Corning, New York, Phone: 607-937-5371
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