Need to shake off those Winter Blues and plan a Spring Break Getaway? Bring the whole family to explore and discover fascinating stories, history, art, and new exciting finds in the museums in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes.
It may not sound family friendly, the word “glass”, but this museum will wow parents and kids alike. From their extensive galleries, live hot glass shows, and a huge gift shop which is almost a museum, there is something everyone will love. The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass is going to be a crowd pleaser with make-your-own glass projects ranging from sandblasting and fusing, to flameworking and glassblowing. Special Spring projects like egg pendants and ornaments are the perfect souvenir from your family trip. Parents will love that kids 17 and under are free!
Just down the road is The Rockwell Museum. Home to permanent collections and rotating exhibits, this museum has a diverse collection of Native American art in the form of sculptures, landscape paintings and other works that embody America. The collection also features other famous American artists like Frederic Remington and Andy Warhol. Just around the corner discover the new KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab. Families will love getting hands-on in the interactive family studio for authentic activities. The Art Lab is included with admission to the museum, where kids 17 and under are free!
Travel back to a simpler time and discover what life in Corning was like in the 1700 and 1800’s. Explore the village and you’ll find the Benjamin Patterson Inn, the oldest building in Painted Post, where innkeepers Ben and Sarah Patterson welcomed guests with a meal by the hearth and a place to rest for the night. Kids can see what school was like in a one room school house when you step inside Browntown Schoolhouse built in 1878. Cooley’s Blacksmith Shop was built in the 1870’s making tools for local farmers and is still functioning today.
The story of aviation history in the Finger Lakes may be little known to those who visit the area. With notable achievements in motorcycles, seaplanes, and airplanes Glenn Curtiss’ impressive accomplishments are on display at the Glenn Curtiss Museum. Find Curtiss original planes, as well as reproductions and restorations. Their collection also includes various cars, boats, and bicycles. Check out the restoration shop to see what is being worked on right in front of you. Visit the museum to learn the impact “Hammondsport’s favorite son” had on aviation history.
With eleven lakes making up the Finger Lakes Region there is plenty of history to be told. Located in Hammondsport in the historic former Taylor Wine Company building, the Finger Lakes Boating Museum has made it their mission to preserve and educate visitors about the Finger Lakes boating history. They house an impressive collection of artifacts, and over 200 boats including canoes, rowboats, hydroplanes, and sailboats, and more. Visit their active boat shop and see what restoration project is underway.
The museums in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes are full of rich history, world class art, can’t miss hands-on experiences, and unforgettable memories waiting to be made. Take the whole family on a trip to remember.