By the way… If your mind automatically goes to Corning Ware Cookware, there’s a reason for that! Corning, NY is the birthplace of those classic white bowls with blue flowers that all of our mothers and grandmothers had (or still have) in their kitchens.
Let’s talk about the “science” part of the museum first. On the 3rd level of the museum, where the majority of the science-based exhibits are, kids will learn about how heat affects the opacity of glass, what e-glass is and how it helps conserve energy, how conducting electricity through glass can affect liquid crystals, how glass and water can alter appearance, and how to use heat, gravity, and other tools to affect the shape of glass. All of these exhibits either have something hands-on, or have a live demonstration, like the one pictured below.
I wasn’t sure how the kids would react to the “art” section of the glass museum, but they really enjoyed it! This is probably where we spent the most time, reflecting on (sometimes literally!) and appreciating the art that was created out of glass. Here are a few of our favorite pieces, though I could post more. I loved that they could see how creative artists can be out of one single material.
The “history” section of the museum had an amazing exhibit featuring 35 centuries of glass. The exhibit is in chronological order, starting with glass items that were made almost 4000 years ago! There is a scavenger hunt the kids completed, so that kept them even more interested in looking for pieces from different time periods.