What does it take to be named The Most Fun Small Town in America? I drove to Corning to find out…
Corning, longtime forerunner of all things glass, is a vibrant community with an attractive historical downtown with more than a hundred shops, studios, galleries, chic restaurants, as well as an abundance of unique and historic architecture. Corning has won numerous national awards including Glass fest being named as one of the “Top 100 Events in North America.”
Founded in 1951, the Corning Museum of Glass has been dedicated to telling the story of a single material: glass. How much can you say about glass? Actually, quite a lot! Glass is a versatile, ancient material that is still being explored and understood by artists, scientists, and historians. The story of glass is a story about art, history, culture, technology, science, craft and design.
I saw more than 3,500 years of history displayed starting with ancient Egyptian glass. I explored the concepts behind optics, vessels, and windows, and even watched a live glassmaking demonstration.
You can learn the history and browse the collections here: http://www.cmog.org/about/history
A few blocks away, in the heart of Corning stands the Rockwell Museum, housed in the Gothic Romanesque style historic 1893 former city hall building. Their diverse art collections tell stories about the American experience. My favorite gallery housed a collection celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service filled with majestic Western landscapes.
To learn more about the Rockwell Museum: http://rockwellmuseum.org/exhibits-collections/current-exhibitions/national-parks-2016/
There are so many reasons why you should experience museums in your area as a family. The best is that it’s not only a great day-trip, but going to the museum will make you happier (and smarter!) in the long run. What are you waiting for?