“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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Awesome museum, and make sure to try to do one of the classes!
This museum was great. Way exceeded expectations.
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Corning Museum of Glass
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