The museum's Glass Collection Galleries showcase glass from Asia, Europe, the Near East, and America, dating back to the origins of glass and glassmaking some 3,500 years ago. Galleries include "Crystal City," showcases pieces made in Corning in the early 20th century; "Paperweights of the World;" "Modern Glass," with pieces dating from the 1880s to 1960; and individual galleries showcasing the areas mentioned.
The Ben W. Heineman Sr. Family Gallery of Contemporary Glass features large art works in glass (closed through April 12th, 2014 for reinstallation), while the Innovation Center is an interactive exhibit that introduces visitors to inventors in glassmaking. The Frederick Carder Gallery displays pieces made by Carder from 1880 into the 1950s. The museum also hosts a number of temporary exhibits and many themed events throughout the year.
The Corning Museum of Glass is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from September 3rd through May 23rd and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from May 24th through September 2nd (closed only on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day). Adult admission (20 to 54) is $16, while admission for seniors (55+), military (with ID) and college students (with ID) is $13.60; kids and teens 19 and under are free. Find out more about the museum and upcoming exhibits and events at www.cmog.org.