visited the Corning Glass Museum in the early 1970's. My mother had heard the museum had a large collection of early American
pattern glass and she wanted to see it. Back
then it was a small museum with one long wall of floor to ceiling glass
panels. Inside the small space, there
were rows and rows of glass cabinets filled with pattern glass. The lower level was occupied by the Steuben
Glass Studio and museum. In 2014, I took my daughter to see the museum and it has changed a lot since that first visit. Now, it is a very large museum with a world renowned fabulous glass collection.
The Corning Museum of Glass was a gift to the
people of American to commemorated the one hundredth anniversary of the Corning
Glass Works and was designed to tell the story of glass. That was in 1951 and by 1978 the museum had
out grown its space. A new addition was
designed with a library and galleries and the new museum opened to the public
in 1980. By 1990, the museum was again out of space and a 65 million expansion
project was undertaken to increase the efficiency of visitor flow and to expand
gallery space. And the museum just
continues to expand. No sooner was an
expansion project completed another
project was started. Now under
construction is the North Wing Expansion scheduled to be completed soon.
Corning Museum of Glass tells the story of 35 centuries of glass from around the
world. It also contains specialized galleries like
the Frederick Carder Gallery, a gifted designer who oversaw the Steuben Glass
Works. Tiffany, Galle, Loetz, Daum
Nancy, Lalique and many many other outstanding glass manufacturers are also featured.
Your senses are overwhelmed as your eyes moves from one outstanding piece of
glass to the next.
The Contemporary Gallery features stunning works from artists from around the world.
There is a
special exhibit gallery that was featuring breathtaking pieces from the artist
Rene Lalique when we visited this fall, including design drawings and a video
showing glass production in his studio in the 1930's.
The Innovation Center is a big display area featuring many interesting facts and hands on activities concerning glass.
Market is massive and fills the entire first floor of the museum. It is a feast for the eyes where you can
purchase almost anything your hearts desires that is made of glass.
If you love beautiful glass you will love the Corning Glass Museum.