Corning Museum of Glass

Wow, who knew a glass museum could be so much fun? We stopped in Corning, New York, to visit the Corning Museum of Glass, being there when the doors opened at 9:00 and stayed all day, it was that interesting.

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Corning Museum of Glass

This is the world’s largest glass museum on the property of the World Headquarters for Corning Glass Works, makers of Corelle, Pyrex, Corningware, and much more. Everything you ever wanted to know about glass, it’s all here. There were displays on how the manufacture of glass has changed over the years, many interactive displays, special exhibits, and demonstrations on tempered glass, bullet-proof glass, telescopes, periscopes, microscopes, camera lenses, Fresnel lenses for lighthouses, fiber-optics, and, of course, Pyrex.

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Tower made from 680 Pyrex Casserols

There was glass from countries all over the world, centuries old.

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35 Centuries of Glass

Also more contemporary works. One of my favorite pieces was the Continuous Mile:

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Continuous Mile.

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Hot Shop, Glass Blowing Demonstrations

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Flameworking Demo

Flameworking Demo

After at least six hours at the museum we took the shuttle to Historic Downtown Corning, New York. On the side of one building is a mysterious face. I couldn’t find any information about it.

Market Street, Corning, NY

Market Street, Corning, NY

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Mysterious Funny Face on side of Building.

We didn’t spend too much time down on Market Street as it began to rain, so after a stop at one of the coffee shops and a visit to the Corningware Store we got back on the shuttle back to the museum.

I’d love to stop here again. That was yesterday, today we drove a lot, and we are spending the night in the camping lot of a very large service plaza on the Ohio Turnpike, riding out a thunderstorm.

  • Lodging $20
  • Gasoline: $100 @ $2.85
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