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