If you're looking for a fun fall day trip to take with the family, the Corning Museum of Glass is a great place to go. It's only a short hour drive on the highway and you'll spend almost the entire day there because of the many things to see and do.
In the museum there are the finest pieces of glass throughout history and contemporary pieces and exhibits. Glass makers do glass making demonstrations every day. Visitors are even able to make their own glass.
During glass making, visitors are always working with professionals. The professionals gather the molten glass, apply the color and the visitor can actually blow up their piece if they're making a blown form. This fall, visitors are able to make pumpkins. During the holiday season, visitors are able to make Christmas trees, ornaments and snowmen.
There is also an exhibit that will be ending in January. It's the Louis Comfort Tiffany Glass Mosaics. The exhibit sheds light on something that Tiffany is lesser known for, his glass mosaics. Tiffany is well-known for his lamps and windows.
The new part of the museum, that is about two years old, is also a sight to see. The contemporary art and design wing is full of white and light and is big enough to house huge glass sculptures.
It might also be intimidating for families to bring their children around so much glass, but the museum is a very family friendly environment. There is a lot for kids to see and do like making their own glass and seeing glass making demonstrations.
The museum has a couple of events coming up this fall season including a Glass Farmers Market. Starting September 29 for 10 days, visitors can enjoy a full fall display where they can choose from thousands of glass pumpkins, apples, acorns and more.
There will also be a pumpkin making marathon at the Courtyard Hot Shop during Columbus Day weekend, October 7, 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. From 1 to 4 p.m., glass makers show visitors exactly how the glass gourds in the Farmers Market are made.
You can go online to plan your trip to the museum. Kids and teens, 17 and under are free. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday. The Corning Museum of Glass is located on One Museum Way in Corning.