This was the place of field trips and family vacations in my youth. At that time it was billed as the Corning Glass "works" I believe, and I remember the setting being fairly industrial. That was in the day when they were most known for Steuben Glass (America's Waterford), and Corning Ware, which I am not sure you can still obtain.
Now, this is a giant, beautiful, really interesting museum. The demonstrations of old are now in auditoria, equipped with TV monitors and sound systems. Still really interesting to see a "glob" of glass become a beautiful bowl! The galleries are multiple, covering the history of glass, showcasing all the ways in which artists use this versatile medium. Yes, the is the obligatory breathtaking Chihuly sculpture, but also some of his early less overpowering works. You will have trouble deciding which of the beautiful pieces is your favorite.
The gift shop is amazing in its size and scope. Cookware, chess sets, decorative glass, etc, etc. The shop is good for an hour by itself.
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