Corning Museum of Glass
Wow! That is the best word to describe my day at the Corning Museum of Glass. This is one of the best museums I have ever been to (yes, that includes Europe’s many, many art institutions).
Glass art is different, creative, a favorite medium of mine. I’ve never glass blown, although I will get to at the end of our trip, but I can appreciate it’s awesomeness.
See the city skyline:
If you are into art, you can spend days wandering around this museum that has been open for decades. If you are like me and aren’t so into art, you can still spend a good 3-4 hours in here and only being seeing the highlights.
The new Contemporary Art + Design Wing was my favorite. Some of it was weird but most of it fantastic.
The entire wing was bright white with tons of natural light- I wanted to put my sunglasses on for most of our tour but thought I would look silly.
Glass hung from the ceiling, was on the floor,
Was cast in human form,
Some of it was morbid and a little creepy (these are real stuffed birds!):
A favorite of mine was this giant paperweight globe:
The museum is very tech friendly with free WIFI and their own app. I tweeted a photo which promptly was added to the wall.
There is a giant glass blowing production studio in the museum that provides a “show” every hour or so.
We watched these two make a glass flower bowl of sorts using a lot of different techniques. It was a great demonstration and it was nice to sit down after a lot of walking.
Another demonstration was about the technology side of Corning. Corning developed glass fiber optic cables for use in communication technology. BC being the computer nerd that he is, enjoyed this demonstration how they work.
There are kids sections to teach about the uses of glass beyond normal household items (telescopes, fiber optics, medical devices, etc.)
There is also a building where you can pay to do your own glass blowing. I did the easy glass ornament while BC picked to do a more intricate flower. (He’s definitely has more art talent than me).
BC hard at work shaping the glass while I blow into a metal tube to make my ornament.
A funny story: I chose the easiest thing to make but it was the glass blowing instructors’ first day. My girl ended up messing up a few times so I actually got to blow 3 glass ornaments. I got my money’s worth!
Corning is sending them to the house once they cool and set up. I’ll show you the finished product when we receive them. I’m sure they will be amazing
The Corning Museum of Glass is an amazing museum to learn about glass and appreciate art. If you live in the Northeast, are traveling to the Finger Lakes or can make a stop here on your way to Niagara Falls, check out this gem of a museum in the United States.
More from Corning, NY coming up next!