Corning Museum of Glass | New York

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On our way back from Ottawa, we stopped in Horseheads, New York. The plan was to visit the Corning Museum of Glass the following day that is in a nearby town. Zach and I really like watching their glass blowing videos on YouTube so when we realized our route was taking us close by, we  just had to stop!

Corning Museum of Glass

It’s nestled in the small riverside town of Corning, New York. To our surprise it boasts a very cute downtown area with a bunch of great restaurants and small shops…so if you visit, make sure you take a detour to wander around down there! Also, the Norman Rockwell Museum is nearby as well so you could easily make a day out of those two museums.

Corning Museum of Glass

After getting tickets (kids 17 and under are free!), we started off in the Art Gallery portion of the museum. That was my favorite part (I love art) and it even had a few sculptures that I recognized from my art school days.

Corning Museum of Glass

Corning Museum of Glass

This sculpture is coiled stacked rope that’s a mile long and made out of more than 4.5 million black beads! Can you imagine how much time went into this??

Live Demonstrations

Corning Museum of Glass

Meet Caitlin, one of the museums live demonstrators! One of the first demonstrations of the day, (and not a lot of people at the museum yet), we were able to have a fun chat with her about her work and the process of flameworked glass.

Corning Museum of Glass

Made just for Levi!

While not exactly toddler-friendly (aka DO NOT take your toddler into the gift shop unless thoroughly secured in device that they cannot escape from) this was still a very family- friendly trip! All areas were stroller/wheelchair accessible which is a HUGE plus. I could see the museum being an awesome activity for children around 8 and up. There are workshops for both adults and children where you create your own glass projects. Since we were there during the holiday season, the highlighted projects available were pumpkins and beautiful glass ornaments. Of course there were other things you could make too…Everything from windchimes to tumblers! How cool!

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to do participate in one of the workshops this time. All of the tickets for the day were sold out even though we arrived right at opening… We learned most people pre-purchase the workshop tickets online so I recommend doing that if you want to go!

Corning Museum of Glass

Corning Museum of Glass

Until next time!