Situated in Corning New York; the world’s only museum that commemorates something that holds a cardinal value in everything around us. Dedicated completely to the history, art and of course science of glass making, the Corning Museum of Glass has a lot to offer! It is in itself a nonprofit organization that was gifted to the Government of United States by Corning Incorporated –one of the oldest glass making companies founded way back in 1851. As a present to the nation, the then known as Corning Glass Works Company founded this museum in the year 1951 to mark the company’s 100th anniversary. The place has since then increased in importance,with many perspectives ranging from interested students, historians to archaeologists –the museums houses glass items that are dated as far back as 1500 BC!
In its history of more than half a century, the museum has been remade more than once since its first construction and design by Harrison and Abramovitz. In the initial and all the later constructions glass has been used everywhere and anywhere possible –something that gives it a surreal look especially from the inside.In 1972, the museum was struck by a hurricane causing irreparable damage to some of the artifacts and books resulting in a more cautious approach towards construction. The initial glass walled building was renovated, and additions to the designwere made in 1978, owing to increased audience and of course pieces of art that needed more space. The current building came into existence in the year 2001 when a multimilliondollar expansion plan gave it a magnanimous look from the inside out; making it one of the favorite spots for each and every tourist who happens to be around the area.
Numerous galleries present some of the most illustrious and revered glass works from the past.For instance, on a visit to the museum you could visit a glass portrait of an Egyptian pharaoh, some of the most articulate works of the Venetian era and what not. But that is not all what the museum has to offer; starting with the oldest of documented and conserved work of art, the collection goes on to represent the contemporary artists with their work in many of the galleries. Such a contrast of historical accounts and the modern glassmakers is one of its kinds and isproudly boasted about at Corning. For instance, the Frederick Carder Gallery covers a mind boggling collection of the famous artist’s work between the 19th and 20th century showing every kind of Steuben glass created by Fredrick Carder!
Once you are inside the museum, you cannot help but spend time in the Corning Museum Innovation Center; this award winning display of technology and metrics used in glassmaking fascinates the young and the old alike. The center is equipped with a comparatively even more attractive section that not only informs you about the intricate artbut actually lets you Do It! The stations that are literally called the DO IT stations let you mold glass yourself!Once you enter the area a 300 foot bridge that goes on to connect pavilions that are suspended in the air braces your imagination.On the other hand, you see hanging from the ceiling a humongous glass made “egg” that is home to a theater that depicts the development of TV picture tubes.
With its magnanimity and smartly designed sections, the Innovation Center actually pays homage to the inventors and scientists whose ideas in the field of glass made history. Once can visit and see the masters of the art play around with Hot Glass or Flame Workingor Optical Fiber.And if you are not content with just that, the museums will let interested visitors dip into experiments like Hot Glass Working, Flame Working, Fusing and Sandblasting. And that too under the experienced care of professionals who are there just to help you Make Your Own Glass in the 40 minute experience.
Overall, there is something for everyone, even the old folks, who wouldn’t want to drift around and indulge into physical activities. They can visit the library section and get a detailed look at books that tell the tale of one single item; glass.