Corning & the Southern Finger Lakes makes the perfect destination for your meeting or group tour. Explore the art, science, and history of glass at the Corning Museum of Glass, and leave plenty of time for shopping in the GlassMarket, or in the many stores and boutiques of Corning’s Gaffer District on historic Market Street. Explore the best of the West in the East at the Rockwell Museum, make your own glass souvenir at Hands-on Glass Studio, or visit the wineries of the Keuka Wine Trail.
You might wonder, what’s the big deal about glass? But once you see it for yourself you’ll get it. Whether it’s watching gaffers shape glowing hot globs of glass into something remarkable or it’s traveling back 35 centuries through the glass artifacts of different cultures or it’s becoming an artist yourself and making your own one-of-kind work of art, the Corning Museum of Glass is the best place on earth to celebrate the wonders of glass.
While The Rockwell Museum first gained a reputation for its exceptional collection of Western and Native American Art, it became upstate New Yorks only Smithsonian Affiliate because of its tireless efforts to explore and convey the American Experience through fine art. In addition to the museums extraordinary permanent collection, there are two or three rotating exhibits each year designed to examine the people, land and ideas that shape America through the eyes of American artists, offering visitors the sort of world-class art not typically found in a town of only 11,000 people.
The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum is home to hundreds of priceless artifacts relating to both early aviation and local history. The Finger Lakes museum features a 750-seat theater, as well as a special events area and gift shop. A restoration shop allows volunteer craftsman the perfect opportunity to learn and build, just as Curtiss once did. Museum visitors will see a full-scale reproduction of the first naval aircraft as well as a 1912 ‘Pusher,’ a 1913 ‘Model E’ flying boat, a 1917 ‘Jenny,’ a 1919 ‘Seagull’ flying boat, and a 1927 ‘Robin.’ Also on display are antique toys, tools, boats, fire equipment, home furnishings, and much more.