Our Visit to the Museum of Glass in Corning, NY

In January 2008, we took a trip to Corning, NY, to visit the illustrious Museum of Glass in Corning. We spent over four hours there, and that wasn’t nearly enough! Here are some of the highlights of our trip.

CMOG Entrance

Upon first walking in, were were assaulted with a carnival-like atmosphere of gift shops, small display stands, and a wonderfully noisy Rube Goldberg machine. The museum is divided into several sections: gift shops; a museum of modern glass art from the school/factory on site; a huge museum of the history of glass and glass-making (this section was my favorite); a large science and discovery lab where you could experiment and handle the displays (popular with the kids); and a theatre area where you could watch shows of Corning artists blow glass and explain the process.

This was one of many modern glass pieces. The detail of the chess pieces is amazing. All of it is glass!

Glass Chess

These are clunky 4th century Europe glass chalices.

German and French 4th century

Compare the clunky 4th century chalices with these refined Greek chalices, crafted 400 years previous to them:

Greek 1st Century

Art does reflect the culture, doesn’t it?

This is a shot of us entering the discovery center. The kids absolutely loved it. Oh, and I loved it, too!

Innovation Room


These are glass statues of Galileo and Isaac Newton. They are situated in front of the attempt at the largest piece of glass cast, ever. A professor at Corning, with his students, attempted the feat; the glass cracked as they were making it, though. Still, the glass is displayed here, so I suppose they got an “A” for effort.

Largest Cast Glass

The glass history section was my absolute favorite (I studied art and art history in school; I just love it). This is a Mesopotamian tablet that describes the art of glass making. The museum had many ancient Iranian and Egyptian glass artifacts. Glass making goes back to 3000 B.C. It is said that the Syrian-Iranian peoples discovered glass making.

Mesopotamian Tablet

Egypt Glass

This is a magnificent little video by the Museum of Glass, showing how the ancients made their small glass containers. It’s very informative!

The Corning Museum of Glass was one of the best museums we have ever visited! You can read more about our trip here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

About the Author

I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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  1. FishHawk says:

    I’ve been by the place dozens of time while I was still truckin’ all over, but I never took the time to stop and go in. It looks like I really missed out.

  2. Karen says:

    That chess set is amazing. Can you imagine the painstakingly steady hands it takes to make something like that? I would have lock jaw from gritting my teeth tightly trying to make something as intricate as that.

  3. glass is fascinating. I collect glass; and just seeing this is so nice. great post indeed

  4. Emm says:

    That chess set is amazing!! I would love to see soemthing like that.

  5. Buggys says:

    That looks like a fascinating museum. Love to go there sometime. In Mexico, years ago, we visited a glass factory and watched the workers blowing glass. That was a fun day.

  6. Gossip Chick says:

    I love the chess set, Amazing! and all the other cultural artifacts they’re great.

  7. Flavio says:

    Some beautiful art work indeed!!

  8. Lynne says:

    What a neat place! I’ve actually been to Corning and we visited the Corning factory. The little town is very quaint and I enjoyed our visit.