Monday, October 3, 2016

A Visit to the Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass has been on my to-do list for some time. I was glad I finally had the chance to visit, it was quite impressive. Located in Corning, New York, it was a lovely ride with some great scenery. 

Here is some history about this fantastic museum:

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 cares for and displays the world’s best collection of art and historical glass. When you visit, you’ll see more than 3,500 years of history displayed in the Glass Collection Galleries, from the glass portrait of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh to contemporary sculpture made in glass.
We were able to see a glass vase being made, which was really neat, right before our eyes! 

I just love these type of vases, they even gave out quite a few to the audience. They use the same techniques that were used many, many years ago. 
How amazing is this chair? 
Fashion can even be made out of glass, this was stunning in person
Loved this one! 

Fragile Legacy exhibit was quite interesting, and is on until January 8, 2017

I just love the colors here so much

One of my most favorites, so detailed! 

This table was just breathtaking. Blue is my favorite color and this just         
made me speechless. 

Wonderful colors here as well, amazing they were able to capture so 
much detail in these designs. 

There was so much to show you , there will be a second post from this museum. It is a great place for families, they have many activities for children, and you can make your own glass piece. We were there with a tour so I didn't get the chance to do that, but would have loved to.

The Corning Museum of Glass is located in the Finger Lakes Wine Country region of New York State (USA), just off exit 46 on I-86. Our address is 1 Museum Way, Corning NY 14830. Corning is located halfway between New York City (4 1/2 hours drive) and Niagara Falls (3 hours drive).

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
September 6 through May 25

9:00 am – 8:00 pm
May 26 through September 4

Closed only four days per year: January 1, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25.

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