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Corning Museum Offers Hands-on Experience With History Of Glass

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Visitors to the Corning Museum can explore the long history of glass, and even make their own seasonal glass creations. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed this report.

The Corning Museum of Glass is a must-see visit when you come to the Finger Lakes.

From floor-to-ceiling Tiffany stained glass windows to Chihuly sculptures, a life-size glass dress, and the world's largest paperweight, the Corning Museum of Glass is the most comprehensive in the world.

"We have nearly 50,000 objects in our collection and you can see glass that's as old as 35 centuries. So glass going back 3,500 years all the way to modern and contemporary times," says Yvette Sterbenk of the Corning Museum.

One of the most popular activities is totally transparent: the "Make Your Own Glass" workshop. 

"We'll make either an ornament or a flower or a pumpkin—different seasonal things—and it kind of enriches their experience with the museum because they're sitting here playing with the hot glass, and blowing it, being part of that creation process," notes Kurt Carlson, a Team Leader at the workshop.  

If you don't want to spend the extra $29 for the hands-on class, you can simply watch one of the free demos that take place multiple times a day. The museum's offerings also have a seasonal emphasis.

"We love glass pumpkins, so you can buy glass pumpkins in our glass market, you can make your own glass pumpkin, you can see glass pumpkins being made at our hot glass show and in fact, you can see the world's largest blown-glass pumpkin on display through November," says Sterbenk.

Veterans visiting on the Saturday of Veterans Day weekend get a free hour-long glass blowing class with an advance reservation. Regular admission for adults is $16, with discounts for seniors & military. General admission for kids 19 and under is always free.

Corning is a four and a half hour drive from New York City in the Finger Lakes wine country.

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