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Corning Museum of Glass

Corning Museum of Glass, in Corning, is one of the most extraordinary institutions in the nation. Architecturally stunning, artistically sophisticated and truly engaging, this museum makes utterly transparent the indispensable role glass has played in our civilization.

More than a dozen galleries illuminate the 35-century long history of glassmaking, and the Contemporary Art + Design Wing, opened in 2015, features breathtaking exhibits by some of the edgiest artists in the medium. But this is also a museum that works, in a practical sense. The several “Hot Shops” on the grounds are dynamic, entertaining studios where glassblowers fashion original pieces for audiences of all ages.

Book ahead on the website for a chance to “Make Your Own Glass.” I can hardly wait for next Christmas when I hang my new, fab glass ornament. I blew it!!