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 that story is told 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. Visitors to the museum are presented with 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.
Visitors learn about the science and technology behind innovations in glass through hands-on exhibits in our Innovation Center. There, they 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. For those who can’t make it to Corning, live Hot Glass Shows can be found on three Celebrity Cruise ships, or on the road with a traveling hotshop. Corning also offers a traveling design program, GlassLab, aimed at helping designers explore glass as a material for their work.
Interested in trying glassmaking yourself? They offer daily Make Your Own Glass sessions for beginners. For a more intensive experience, there are one-day, weekend, or multiple-week courses in the glassmaking school, The Studio, which offers year-round courses in all levels of glassmaking.
The Museum is a center for glass scholarship. It boasts the Rakow Research Library, the world's foremost archive and reference collection on the history of glassmaking. The Museum also regularly publishes journals, educational videos, and scholarly publications – many of which can be accessed on this website.
The Corning Museum of Glass is a dynamic institution that continues to actively collect, educate, preserve, and share the experience of glass. Corning hopes visitors' experiences with the Museum help them to see glass in a whole new light.
For more information about the Corning Museum of Glass, call: 1.800.732.6845 or 607.937.5371