After the visit to the wonderful Watkins Glen and a hiking around the Finger Lakes region I headed down to Corning, a lovely little town mainly known for their glass industry. The Corning Glass Museum hosts one of the most comprehensive collections of glass works and introducing visitors to the art of glass making.
I arrived quite late, an hour and a half before closing, and was quite overwhelmed by just how big this museum is and how much there is to see.
Here’s a quick promo intro from the official museum website:
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.
You can learn about the science and technology behind innovations in glass through hands-on exhibits in our Innovation Center. There, you can explore the concepts behind optics, vessels, and windows, and meet the innovators who have changed our world using glass.
Glass is brought to life through live, narrated glassmaking demonstrations, offered all day, every day.
Truly a pleasure to walk around.
See live demonstrations of artists doing their glass work…
Explore exquisite works of glass art…
Think about it, do you understand how they do those things? it’s a very elaborate and delicate form of art and it looks fabulous.
After the museum closed on me I headed the old downtown area…
and had myself a ‘quick bite’ … 😛
Lovely little town, great museum. Definitely worth a stopover.