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Corning, New York: Museum of Glass

A serious museum about glass, but we're mostly interested in their huge paperweights, and their failed telescope mirror.

Museum of Glass

Hwy 414, Corning, NY
I-86 exit 46 onto Hwy 414, then south a half-mile to the Museum.
$16/adult. Children under 19 free.
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Museum of Glass

A recently-opened wing of contemporary art glass works is worth a visit for the architecture alone. The works it houses are stunning. There are two hot glass demonstration theaters where, should you choose to, you can sit directly above artisans as they twirl semi-molten glass on blowpipes. Other wings house a history of glass from ancient times to the present and another wing presents an enormous collection of smaller contemporary art pieces. You could spend days exploring this museum.

[Jim Roberts, 03/02/2016]


Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass -- Fantastic stop! You need a whole day! [Karey, 08/22/2015]

Failed telescope mirror.

Failed 200-inch Telescope Mirror

The first casting of the 200-inch Hale Telescope mirror for the Palomar Observatory was a 20-ton dud. However, the second casting turned out OK, so I suppose that prevents this from being an epic fail. The failed first casting can be found at the Corning Museum of Glass; it is essentially a very large Pyrex (R) casserole dish.

[John Takao Collier, 07/14/2014]
Come See Astronaut-Inspired World's Largest Paperweight

"World's largest paperweight" is usually a term of scorn, often applied to obsolete PCs. Now there really is a world's largest paperweight -- the original, glass kind....

[11/25/2006] Complete News Story

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