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As I was driving up to Corning this fall, I couldn’t help but notice the signs to make your own glass pumpkins. So while I was thrilled that our travel conference was being held at the Corning Museum of Glass, an interesting venue, I got really excited about making my own pumpkin!

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glass jars at Corning Museum of Glass

That is the beauty of the Corning Museum of Glass – it is so much more than just a place where you can see art. But first, you’ll be greeted by this Chihuly sculpture in the lobby! There are children’s activity sheets to keep them engaged. Follow along on an audio tour that you can download. There’s even a Glassapp scavenger hunt which will lead you to explore areas of the museum and learn about the exhibits. It’s fun for everyone.

glass sculptures at Corning Museum of Glass

The Exhibits

The exhibit area is divided up into sections representing different historic times. You’ll see pieces progress from the most ancient times until glass became more thoroughly used in homes and up into the artistic uses of glass. The collections go on and on and you’ll see how the use of glass has changed.

pink glass sculpture at the Corning Museum of Glass

The Demonstrations

Several demonstrations take place every day – so get a schedule when you arrive!

I watched two of them: Flameworking and Hot Glass. I was sad to miss the Optical Fiber demo and the Glassbreaking demo – both of which I had heard a lot about!

The flameworking demo lasted about 20 minutes and the glassworker was informative while making a lovely peacock!

4 people make glass vase at Corning Museum of Glass

There are two hot glass demonstrations – one lasting approximately 30 minutes and another a full two hours. If you’re wondering whether the two hour demonstration is worth it – yes! You’ll get to see the process from beginning to end and it takes a while to see what you originally thought was going to be a vase turn into a beautiful bright platter. The artistry is incredible!

glass pumpkin made at Corning Museum of Glass
The glass pumpkin I made. Isn’t it cute?

Make Your Own Glass

How unique is this? You can choose from several different experiences from sandblasting to making your own ornament. The cost varies depending on the experience, with the average around $32, similar to the cost of the items themselves. I made a glass pumpkin – I loved choosing the colors and blowing into the pipe to help give it form! You can reserve your spot ahead of time (especially if you’re planning a Saturday visit!) or see what projects are being offered.

HOT TIP: If you’re making something with hot glass, your item will need to cool down overnight. You can pick it up after 3pm the next day. Some items can be shipped to you for an additional fee, so plan your visit accordingly!

Corning Museum of Glass Glass Barge at dock


In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Corning Corporation, the GlassBarge floated from the original Brooklyn Flint Glass Company’s relocation path to Corning. The GlassBarge has a self-contained hot glass blowing demonstration lasting approximately 30 minutes. The best part? It is FREE! I hope they continue this offering in 2019 and upcoming years. This has been a great opportunity to take the Corning Museum of Glass outside of the confines of the museum so that people in multiple areas can experience glass making.

Know Before You Go:

  • Check the hours and details on their website.
  • If you’re going to make glass, make sure you’ll be around the next day after 3pm to pick it up (or expect to pay for shipping).
  • Adult tickets are $19.95 but include admission for two days (other discounts available)
  • Kids are FREE!
  • FREE admission for veterans during the month of November

I rarely spend more than a few hours at a museum (short attention span). But with everything to do and see at the Corning Museum of Glass, you can easily spend a day here. A cafe will power you through lunch. The gift shop provides a great opportunity for guests to pick up a souvenir or gift for those back home.

Wondering what else to do in the area? Check out what else there is to do in the Finger Lakes Region. Corning also makes a great stop over if you’re on your way to Niagara Falls.

Happy travels!

Annick, The Common Traveler

All the reasons why you should visit the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. #CMOG #Corning #FLX
All the reasons why you should visit the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. #cmog #corning #flx

All the reasons why you should visit the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. #cmog #corning #flx