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The World's Largest Glass Museum - Even Larger!

© by George Bailey

In a museum filled with priceless works of glass, you wouldn't expect to find fun for the whole family. But that's exactly what the Corning Museum of Glass offers, with its hot glass demonstration in the brand new Amphitheater Hot Shop, Make Your Own Glass opportunities and more.

I've visited this lovely museum before, and it never fails to fascinate me. This museum has nearly 50,000 breathtaking objects reflecting 35 centuries of glass art. I spoke with Kim Thompson, Public Relations Specialist for the museum who told me, "last March we opened the new 100,000 square foot Contemporary Art and Design Wing, featuring the best of the last 25 years in glass."

With the opening of the new wing, the museum released GlassApp, which highlights the new contemporary works through videos, artist blogs and photos. It can be assessed by signing to the museum's free Wi-Fi, during visits.”

The museum features works by many world-renowned artists including contemporary artists like Louis Comfort Tiffany, Dale Chihuly and Josiah McElheny. See the window by Tiffany depicting a Hudson River landscape in the museums Modern Gallery. It's magnificent.

Hours and Costs
The museum is open daily 9 until 5pm. The Adult cost is $18.00, 17 and under free, and Seniors 55 plus $15.30 for two consecutive days. Parking is free. For more information you can visit www.cmog.org or 1-800-732-6845.

Nearby Attractions
Another museum that my wife Ellen and I took time to visit was the nearby Rockwell Museum. There's even a free shuttle from the glass museum to this museum and the historic Gaffer Market Street area of the town.

The Corning Museum of Glass
One Museum Way, Corning, NY 14830
800.732.6845 or 607.937.5371

George Bailey contributes to Sun Media's 43 paid-circulation newspapers across Canada as well as numerous magazines. George has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, Canada AM, the Discovery Channel, and Live with Regis and Cathy Lee. He has published five books on Niagara Falls.

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