Founded in 1951 by Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated) as a gift to the nation for the company’s 100th anniversary, The Corning Museum of Glass is a not-for-profit museum dedicated to telling the story of a single material: glass. The story of glass is a story about art, history, culture, technology, science, craft and design.
The Corning Museum of Glass cares for and displays the world’s best collection of art and historical glass and the public can learn about the science and technology behind innovations in glass through hands-on exhibits in the Innovation Center. Glass is brought to life through live, narrated glassmaking demonstrations onsite, Hot Glass shows, GlassLab, a traveling design program, glassmaking classes at The Studio, The Rakow Research Library and museum publications and videos. The Corning Museum of Glass is a dynamic institution that continues to actively collect, educate, preserve, and share the experience of glass. In March 2015, the museum opened the Contemporary Art + Design Wing, which is the largest space in the world dedicated to art and design in glass.