The Corning Museum of Glass is located in the Finger Lakes Wine Country region of New York State. Home to
the world's most comprehensive collection of glass, the museum showcases 35,000 objects that represent
3,500 years of glassmaking. The Museum recently finished a $65 million renovation that positioned it as
one of the great museums of the world.
There are daily live, narrated glassblowing demonstrations, staged in a working glass factory. You can also
try your hand at hot glass working, flameworking, fusing, or sandblasting in The Museum's on-site,
do-it-yourself Walk-in Workshop.
The Museum is housed in a 1903 Victorian style home in the picturesque city of Redlands, California.
Currently, the Museum holds displays of American Glassware dating from the early 1800's to contemporary times.
Displays include, but are not limited to, glass from Heisey, Cambridge, Fenton, Fostoria, and Sandwich factories
as well as those that produced depression-era glassware. Items on display include candlesticks, compotes,
milk glass, stems, bowls, historical plates, salts, kerosene lamps - and even several items from the
estate of Liberace.
The Museum of American Glass, in Millville, New Jersey, is the largest museum in the country dedicated to
preserving the history of glass made in the United States. The collection includes functional and decorative
pieces from different periods and contemporary art sculpture. A wide variety of glass bottles are on display,
in addition to tableware and scientific glass. Over 300 paperweights, ranging from mid-19th century
Millville Roses to contemporary flameworked paperweights, can be seen. Visitors will enjoy Victorian
art glass, uranium glass, free-blown whimsies and a selection of pressed glass patterns. The museum has a
fine collection of clear and colored cut glass and art nouveau produced by different companies. Among the
many glass factories represented are Mount Washington, Pairpoint, Durand and Tiffany. Some well-known
contemporary glass artists, whose work is exhibited here, include Paul J. Stankard, Dale Chihuly and
The museum's mission is to share the diverse and rich heritage of glass as a product and historical
object as well as telling of the lives of glass workers, their families and communities, and of the
tools and machines they used in glass houses. Many of the diverse and beautiful objects produced by glass
factories during this century are displayed, and the museum attempts to compare and contrast similar pieces
produced by once competing companies.