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Corning Museum of Glass

1 Museum Way, Corning, New York 14830 USA

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“spanning 3,500 years of glassmaking history”

Founded in 1951 by Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated) as a gift to the nation for the company’s 100th anniversary, The Corning Museum of Glass is a not-for-profit museum dedicated to telling the story of a single material: glass. The concept seems so simple. How much can you say about glass? Actually, quite a lot. Glass is a versatile, ancient material that is still being explored and understood by artists, scientists, and historians today. The story of glass is a story about art, history, culture, technology, science, craft and design. And we tell that story at The Corning Museum of Glass. The Corning Museum of Glass, in Corning, New York, contains a collection of more than 45,000 glass objects, spanning 3,500 years of glassmaking history - 'dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of the art, history and science of glass. The Museum's Glass Collection Galleries features exhibits on glass creation, from a full-scale model of an Egyptian furnace to the grand factories of Europe and America and finally, to the small-scale furnaces that fueled the Studio Glass movement that began in America in the 1960s. The Museum's collection of contemporary artworks includes pieces by significant artists such as Klaus Moje, Karen LaMonte, Dale Chihuly, Libenský / Brychtová and Josiah McElheny.

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June 17, 2014

Good call! I was dragged to this museum, thinking I was going to have to suffer through the history of bakeware.

But it turned out to be one of the most comprehensive and interesting museums I have ever seen.

From Egyptian faience, to gigantic, medieval German beer "glasses" with insets for your greasy fingers (no cutlery yet), to satellite-based telescope mirrors, and all the art and practical application in between, you will definitely be surprised by something here.

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May 10, 2015
Rated 5.0

Was taking a road trip to buffalo with my brother and stopped along the way. It might be glass, but it was neat to see all the different applications it can be used in. My advice is to stop along the way, took us 2 hrs to fly through the museum without sitting through any of the demonstrations. Well worth the visit / money passing thru or even planning a trip to visit. Probably one of my top 3 museums that I've been to.

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July 01, 2014

A surprisingly enjoyable time. Though the price was hefty-ish ($16 or so for an adult ticket), if you have time, that is a two day pass. Even though we were only there part of a day, we still had a blast and saw some live demonstrations.

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June 15, 2014

I enjoyed this museum. I wish we had more time there but were on our way to DC and had to get going. Took a class and made a cool glass flower!

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Greg Newkirk

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June 09, 2014

This place is mind-blowing and I'm not even into glass. You might not think it would make for an interesting museum, but it's a guaranteed hit with everyone from kids to grandparents. The regular displays are impressive, but what's really cool are the live glassblowing demonstrations where you can see master glassblowers work their magic. Heck, you can even take a glassworking course!

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Lesli Peterson

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May 02, 2022
Rated 5.0

Watch, learn and discover the art of glass at the Corning Museum of Glass. From live demos and galleries, see how glass comes to life by master blowers and students. This is the world’s largest glass museum, and I highly suggest taking your time exploring over 3500 years of glass work and history.

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October 20, 2021
Rated 5.0

Leave plenty of time. We took two full days. Demonstrations to watch, hands on experiences, knowledgeable staff. Loved it. Great gift shop. Don’t miss

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May 22, 2021
Rated 5.0

It was a very well set up museum with so much to see. The history was interesting and seeing the glass blower demonstration was cool. If your in the area I would definitely recommend.

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October 31, 2019
Rated 5.0

We spent two days here. The collection has 3500 years of glass plus an extensive modern glass museum. Add to that fantastic demos. Docent Jen showed us the process of making glass animals

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November 28, 2018
Rated 5.0

The Corning Museum of Glass was given a 5 out of 5 Crown rating by Cooking with the Count sharing America! This is the most interesting museum we have yet to visit. We blew glass, we watch Master Glass Blowers make beautiful pieces out of molten glass as hot as lava. Plan to spend two days (at least) as the tickets are good for two days. The staff are amazingly friendly and extremely knowledgeable. 3500 years of glass history to modern day uses that you take for granted, you’ll be kept in awe with what you will learn. Tell them the Count sent you! Check out some of our videos at www.CookingwiththeCount.com We hope you’ll enjoy it!

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Corning Museum of Glass

1 Museum Way
Corning, New York
14830 USA


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