Don't let the shattering reputation of glass steer you and your family away from a museum filled with hands-on glass exhibits. The Corning Museum of Glass is as kid-friendly as it is spectacular, fun, and educational--and admittance is free for ages 19 and under! Located in the Finger Lakes outside of historic downtown Corning, (just off of exit 46 on I-86 in Corning, NY), the museum offers live glassblowing demonstrations, hands-on studio glassmaking, as well as self-guided or optional iPod Touch enhanced tours of glass dating back 35 centuries.
The Corning Museum is dedicated to telling the story of glass--using every sensual experience available to convey its importance in art, history, culture, technology, science, craft and design, while making it accessible to all ages and walks of life. Stand beside a towering wall of casserole dishes, learn how fiber optics play a key role in the future of technology, see how a flame can mold glass into any shape or form, or visit during studio hours and make your own glass designs.
Special opportunities are available for groups with ten or more people, including group glassmaking and guided tours. Corning Museum of Glass is open daily 9 AM to 5 PM with special summer hours of 9 AM to 8 PM. Adult day passes are $15 ($6 for locals!), and children and teenagers (ages 19 and under) are admitted into the museum for free. For more information regarding the museum’s programs and events call 800-732-6845 or visit www.cmog.org for a glimpse of how much fun glass can be.