Corning, N.Y. - This fall, The Corning Museum of Glass presents a cornucopia of fall-themed activities at the Glass Harvest. Located in the picturesque region of New York State’s Finger Lakes region, the Museum makes an ideal stop on leaf-peeping expeditions through the area’s amazing fall foliage.
In addition to the Museum’s daily offerings (including the world’s largest collection of glass, special exhibitions and live glass demonstrations), fall harvest activities at The Corning Museum of Glass include:
- See the World’s Largest Glass Pumpkin: Glassmakers at the Museum made the world’s largest blown glass pumpkin-weighing in at about 70 pounds. The pumpkin will be on display in the GlassMarket through November 30, 2012.
- Make Your Own Glass Pumpkin: Visitors of all ages can make a (hand-held) glass pumpkin in daily 40-minute glassblowing experiences. Open to all ages (as young as preschool), the pumpkin-making experience is offered through November 30, 2012, and costs $27 per person.
- Harvest Hunt through the World’s Largest Glass Collection: Children can use a harvest-themed activity sheet to explore more than 45,000 objects and 3,500 years of glassmaking history. The Museum’s collection ranges from a tiny portrait of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh to fanciful modern-day sculptures-and nearly everything in between. Available through November 30, 2012.
- Shop a Unique Glass Farmer’s Market: On Columbus Day weekend, October 6-8, 2012, the Museum’s international GlassMarket will feature a Glass Farmer’s Market, with thousands of glass pumpkins, apples, gourds and other harvest-themed glass objects for sale.
- Take a Hidden Treasures Tour: Enjoy family-friendly, one-hour tours of the galleries this fall. Offered at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily, through October 28.
- Thanksgiving Break Activities: Families can explore the Museum’s collections, go on a Harvest Hunt in the galleries, and enjoy extended Make Your Own Glass hours and the You Design It; We Make It! feature at the Hot Glass Show. November 23-25, 2012.
- After-Thanksgiving Sale: The Museum’s GlassMarket features huge discounts up to 80 percent on holiday items and gifts, from glittering ornaments and jewelry to home decorations and handmade glass items from around the world. The doors open Friday at 7:00 a.m., and great deals continue throughout the weekend. November 23-25, 2012.
The Museum is surrounded by the rolling hills of the Finger Lakes region, populated by beautiful wine trails-featuring regional food and more than 100 wineries, and boasting outdoor attractions, including gorges and waterfalls, and stunning fall foliage. Visitors to the area can also enjoy the region’s numerous pick-your-own pumpkin patches and apple orchards.
The Corning Museum of Glass (http://www.cmog.org/) is open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every day of the week (and until 8:00 p.m. all summer long). An independent, non-profit, educational institution, the Museum is dedicated to the art, history, science, research and exhibition of glass. Children and teens, 19 and under, receive free admission. Adult admission is $15.00 (local resident rates, AAA and other discounts available).