The Corning glass company founded the Corning Museum of Glass in 1951 to mark the company's 100th anniversary and to showcase the history and science of glass. Over the years, the collection has grown to include some 45,000 glass pieces. The oldest pieces in the museum's vast collection date as far back as1450 BCE, and there are also brand-new pieces representing the technological advances that have been made in glass production.
In addition to the number of glass galleries, the Corning Museum of Glass also has live glassmaking demonstrations that happen every day in the museum's demo room. You can even get involved, with daily glassmaking classes. The classes last about 40 minutes, and fees vary depending on which glass item you'll be making.
The Corning Museum of Glass is roughly two hours southwest of Syracuse and is open year-round, with open hours varying by season. From September 6 through May 25, it's open 9am to 5pm, and from May 26 through September 5 it's open 9am to 8pm. Admission is $19.50 for adults, $16.60 for seniors and college students, and free for children age 17 and younger.