Known as the Crystal City, Corning is a small city located on the banks of the Chemung River. It is headquarters of Fortune 500 company Corning Inc., formerly Corning Glass Works. The historic Gaffer District in the downtown area is home to the Corning Museum of Glass and the Rakow Library, as well as the Rockwell Museum of Western Art. The area is known for its festivals and themed shopping and sight-seeing trails.
- Get in via Interstate 86 from the east or west or U.S. Route 15 (Interstate 99) from the south.
There is a free shuttle bus that runs between the Corning Museum of Glass and the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, stopping at Market Street on the way.
- 1 Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, toll-free: +1-800-732-6845. Which boasts the world’s most extensive collection of glass items, including an amazing display of antique glassware. The museum is also home to The Rakow Library, a glass research center. Open 9AM-5PM daily. Summer hours (Memorial Day weekend–Labor Day) 9AM-8PM. Closed New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, and 25. Adults $12.50, seniors $11.25, children under 17 free.
- 1 Rockwell Museum of Western Art, 111 Cedar St, ☎+1 607 937-5386. Daily 9AM-5PM. Summer (Memorial Day weekend–Labor Day) 9AM-8PM. It has a wonderful display of Western American paintings and sculptures accumulated over forty years by Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Rockwell. Adults $11, 55+ $10, Students with ID, $5.50, Kids & Teens (17 & under) free.
(updated Mar 2017)