.... featuring New York area weekend trips with James and his Mom as they search
for fun, excitement and learning adventures!
Visiting the Corning Museum of Glass
James bending the light in the Innovation Center.
What James Says
: We went to the Corning
Museum of Glass, in Corning New York. My whole family went for the weekend.
It was a very long ride but we stayed in a hotel and got to go swimming. A pretty
cool part of the Museum was the Hot Glass Show.
got to watch the gaffer, Eric
Meek, working in front of an oven that was like 2000 degrees as he collected
a ball of the molten glass which was bright orange like lava.
He gathered the mound of glass on a long, hollow metal pole that was like a straw.
Then he made the glowing glob of glass into a pitcher by twirling it and blowing
into the metal pole. He kept the glass hot and flexible by putting it into an
oven which was cooler than the first, only 900 degrees. Very cool - or hot I guess.
made a pitcher with a handle and everything right in front of our eyes. When he
was all done he put it into cool water to bust apart so that he could reuse the
glass. It was awesome, even my little brothers were amazed. They sat there quiet
and watched the whole thing, and they almost never sit quiet at the same time!
Super-sized glass fruit!
fun part was the hands on kids area, the Innovation
Center. We got to investigate how some things worked and see some of the really
wild illusions glass can make.
Flameworking Demo is a show about glass and what they can do with it. I
learned some pretty interesting information about glass and fiber optics. The
glass sculpture galleries were cool but kind of crazed with my little brothers
running around. We still got to see some amazing stained glass and really neat
stuff, like a totally glass chair and a chess set where each piece was a tiny
statue made of glass. This place is definitely cool, I can't wait to go back and
Mom Says : This
is a great museum, very interesting for all ages. Everyone had a great time. When
you first enter the museum you walk though the Glass Market which consists of
seven open air boutiques. You are surrounded by huge, beautiful displays of elaborate
and expensive glass artwork, as well as anything related to glass and glass art.
Very colorful and enjoyable for the over-8 crowd. I hurried our group through
- the whole bull in the china shop thing.
Get your hands on fun
If you are up for
it, and aren't packing any toddlers, take your time and browse. The Glass Market
is quite unique. While there you can take a look at demonstration booths where
the flame workers are shaping glass rods into animals.
We were pleased
to see another fun and intriguing Kinetic Sculpture by George
Rhoads. It is just at the exit of the Market as you ready to enter the museum.
an additional fee, you can sign up to try glass making yourself. Young children
can fuse picture frames or decorate a glass, while adults and older teens can
make a flower or bottle from molten glass. The whole family can get into the act
with a family workshop. It is a really unique and interesting experience.
Sculpture Gallery features exhibits of works in glass and mixed media from
recent decades by international artists. The
Glass Collection houses
the world's most comprehensive glass works collection spanning from Ancient Egypt
to the 21st century. Other ongoing exhibitions
the West Bridge Collection, the Crystal City Gallery, the Study Gallery,
The Carder Gallery
and the Studio.
should allow several hours to see the whole museum. The museum staff recommends
allowing 3 - 5 hours. It's a good guideline, but if you have to allow for breaks,
and tired, or hungry kids you might want to give yourself a little extra flex
would like to have a bite to eat, there is a café and a coffee bar on the
lower level. You can sit inside or enjoy the fresh air and sunshine outside in
the courtyard or on the patio. The staff and facilities are very child friendly.
Everyone had a really enjoyable time.
Museum of Glass One Museum Way
NY 14830-2253 Phone: 1-800-732-6845. Directions Located
in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York. Hours & Admission Fees Memorial Day thru Labor Day - Daily from 9:00
am to 8:00 pm September
thru May - Daily 9:00 am to 5:00pm . Admission Fee:
(Check the CMOG
web site for price changes) $ 12.50 for adults $ 11.25 for 55 plus &
students Free for children under 17. There is a special lower admission
fee for local residents.
When you visit, you can sign up for the "Free
to Rediscover" program: You pay once and come back as often as you like throughout
the authors: James is the oldest of 4 kids. Mom
is their Mother, a children's writer, educator & photographer. They
live in New York with their Dad and pet dogs, cats, geckos, and turtles.