I left off describing how much fun the Innovation Room was. We spent most of our time in here. This was a really great place for kids of all ages. The displays were hands-on and extremely informative. Here are some photos of the fun we had.
This section of the Museum was SO COOL. There were so many things to see and do, and not surprisingly there was a crowd of people wanting to try everything. Below is a photo of my son looking through is a periscope that goes up through the Museum roof. You can see the city of Corning through this. It was amazingly clear! We all loved playing with this.
Here’s a wacky glass mirror. There were several of these kinds of mirrors here. The teens loved them most, for some reason.
Here are those white statues I mentioned in Part 1, when we first entered the Museum (except then, I was a full storey below them).
These scientists are sitting in front of a failed experiment by a Corning glassmaker. He and his students tried to create the largest piece of cast glass in the world, but the thing kept cracking. So what did these guys do? They kept their cracked glass and put it in the Innovation Room, as a lesson to us all! It looks like a huge frosted-glass wheel.
We also enjoyed an interactive laser light game. I took a short video of my son trying to bend the light.
We slowly dragged ourselves out of the Innovation Room. We could have spent much more time there, but we didn’t want to miss the Hot Glass Show. This is a very popular event where we watch glassmakers in action. I was able to take a video of their craftsmanship (it’s about 5 minutes long). The film gets grainy in a few close-ups. I was using a digital camera to take the video, after all; and unfortunately, YouTube’s compression process makes it blurry. Nonetheless, it is a marvel to watch how these guys handle the glass– they make it look so easy!– and how pliable this material is. It is truly amazing.
After four hours in this Museum, we were ready to rest our feet and have some lunch. We meandered in the gift shops for a few more minutes before making our way back to the streets of Corning. Our next stop would be at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art. Yippee-ti-yi-yo! Stay tuned for that!