Safety is a Glass Act
Reopening July 1, 2020
The Corning Museum of Glass is preparing to reopen its doors—with new health and safety protocols—as part of NYS Forward Phase Four on Wednesday, July 1. We will be open daily from 9 am to 7 pm through Labor Day.
The health and safety of our visitors and staff remains our top priority, and our new Safety Guide, Penguin Pierre has helped us to implement a number of changes:
Limited capacity: We will be restricting visitation, which will be staggered over the course of each day via timed ticketing.
New online ticketing process: We are requiring visitors to purchase a timed ticket in advance of visiting. Tickets will be available at half-hour intervals throughout the day. Tickets will be available for purchase one week in advance.
Masks are required: In accordance with the New York State executive order, we are requiring face coverings to be worn by all guests over the age of two while they’re on the Museum’s campus.
Health screenings: Thermal scanners will take temperature readings of all guests and staff upon entry to the Admissions Lobby, Courtyard Lobby, and The Studio.
Make Your Own Glass: For now, we are limiting Make Your Own Glass experiences to fusing and sandblasting projects, as they allow for minimal contact. We have also reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. We ask that tickets be purchased in advance on our website.
Spaces and getting around: The Welcome Center is temporarily closed, but the Welcome Center Parking Lot is open. The Shuttle Bus will also be running at limited capacity, taking visitors from the lot to the Museum and to Downtown Corning.
Now is a great time to take advantage of our resident rate of $10 for adults residing in zip codes beginning with 148, 149, and 169. And as always, kids and teens 17 and under receive free admission. Talk about a cool trip that won't break the beak...err...bank!
Please visit our Health & Safety Page for information about additional changes. We look forward to seeing you soon!
A New Way to Look at Glass
Ever been to a museum entirely focused around a single material? Ever thought of glass as more than just something you drink out of? At the Corning Museum of Glass, you'll gain a whole new perspective about a seemingly common place material. Spend a half-hour at a Hot Glass Show, witnessing a molten blob transform into something exquisite and you'll never look at glass the same way again.
With over 3,500 years of history housed in a building designed to mimic the flow of glass, the Corning Museum of Glass is home to the largest collection of art glass in the world. Travel through centuries of glassmaking, from the early core forming of the Mesopotamians, to the beautiful stained glass windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Learn how the Romans discovered glass blowing and see the handiwork of Venetian masters. Walk through an entire gallery dedicated to Corning, and learn how it came to be known as the 'Crystal City.'
HOT GLASS SHOWS
Perhaps what truly makes the Corning Museum of Glass sparkle is the interactivity found there. With more than 30 glass shows each day during the summer months, education through entertainment is high on the museum's priority list. With both indoor and outdoor stages running Hot Glass Shows continuously, there are many chances to see master gaffers (glassmakers) create masterpieces. Enjoy a special 'late show,' which is longer, allowing the gaffers time to make a larger piece. During the other seasons, Hot Glass Shows run continuously only on the indoor stage. Make sure to catch the other exciting shows, including a flameworking demonstration, an optical fiber show, and a glass breaking demo. Those three demonstrations are located in the Innovation Center. The Corning Museum of Glass is also part of the Tiffany & Treasures Trail.
A large, industrial-like room filled with hands-on fun, the Innovation Center is a huge draw for children and families alike. Learn about the technical side of glass and see the amazing advancements that Corning has made in the fields of science and technology. Corning has created everything from heat-resistant Pyrex to glass used in LCD televisions and smartphones. It has been at the forefront of optical fiber development, used to transmit our communications, as well as glass used on NASA space shuttles. In the Innovation Center, take a friend and sit on opposite sides on an enormous glass egg and whisper to each other. Pick up a blowpipe with a big glob of glass on it and see how strong the gaffers at the Corning Museum of Glass have to be. Walk up to a curved mirror and see the tricks glass can play on the eyes.
MORE THAN A GLASS MUSEUM
The Corning Museum of Glass is much more than a museum – it's a hands-on educational experience. Become a glassmaker yourself at the Make Your Own Glass workshop. For an additional fee, you can design your own glass flower, ornament, bead, fusing, or sandblasting project. Throughout the year check out the seasonal designs available like pumpkins in the Fall, snowmen in the Winter, and hearts at Valentine's Day. Sign up for a 40-minute glassmaking session, and create a piece you'll cherish forever. Imagine having a piece of glass you made yourself? It's a unique and exceptional experience.
The Shops consume an entire floor of the museum and contains a variety of stores and shops with glass from all areas of the world. Find everything from books on glass to jewelry and sculptures worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Wander through the Steuben section of The Shops, and see the works Steuben gaffers have created. Sales benefit the education department at CMoG.
EXPERIENCE THE CORNING MUSEUM OF GLASS!
The Corning Museum of Glass is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is $20 for adults and $17 for seniors (62+). There are discounts for students, as well as AAA and military members. Kids and teens (17 and under) are free! Also available is a combination ticket with the Rockwell Museum.
The Museum is once again participating in the Blue Star Museums program, offering free Museum admission to all active military and their families through Labor Day.
Enjoy free admission to the Museum on MLK Jr. Day and Sparkle Weekend, the first weekend in December.
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