Keeping It Safe is a Glass Act!
We are excited to welcome you to the Museum! Advanced admissions tickets are required and are now available for purchase through November 1.
We have some new guidelines and measures in place to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable, with the help of our Safety Guide, Penguin Pierre. Pierre has been working hard to keep an eye on our collection, and now he gets to use his PPE (Penguin Protective Experience) to help you enjoy a safe and fun day at the Museum.
Your flippered friend Pierre will pop up throughout your visit, alerting you to changes since your last visit.
Masks and Health Screening
- Traveling from another state? You may be required by New York State to quarantine for 14 days.
- All visitors (over the age of 2) and staff are required to wear a face covering while on the Museum's campus. Please bring your own mask
- If you are unable to wear a mask or do not want to wear a mask, we will have to ask you to return at a later time
- All guests will be thermal scanned upon entry
- If you have a temperature of 100.4°F, we'll kindly ask that you and your party plan to visit us another day
- All staff are also required to participate in temperature screenings each time they enter the building
- We ask that all visitors and staff complete a self-health check before entering
- Social distancing efforts will be in effect throughout the Museum. Please follow guides and floor marks
Ticketing and Admissions
Advanced admission tickets are now required. Please purchase your timed tickets online ahead of your arrival.
- Tickets are available at half-hour intervals throughout the day
- Please arrive within the 30-minute window following the time on your ticket
- Tickets are good for the entire day and do not limit the amount of time you may spend in the Museum
- Tickets are good for two consecutive days
- When returning the following day, bring your admission ticket or receipt
- You don't need a new reservation, just check in at admissions
- There is now a daily attendance cap
- We will not be accepting groups of 10 or more at this time
- Traveling from another state? New York State travel restrictions may apply.
Space Changes and Getting Around
- The Shops, Café, and Welcome Center Parking Lot are open for guests to enjoy
- The Welcome Center is closed at this time
- Shuttle buses will continue to run at a reduced capacity of 10 people at a time
- Most touch elements in our displays have been removed or modified
Hot Glass Demonstrations
We are still featuring live glassblowing demonstrations! To ensure that everyone can enjoy the demo experience in a safe manner, new protocols have been established.
- New traffic flow patterns and seating arrangements have been implemented in our demonstration spaces
- The flameworking booth has been relocated to a larger space
- Optical Fiber and Glass Breaking demonstrations are not currently offered
Make Your Own Glass
- Make Your Own Glass Hot Works projects and project pickup will not be available September 25 through September 27, 2020. Fusing and Sandblasting projects will be available in the main Museum building.
- Limited Make Your Own Glass projects are available.
- Fusing, Sandblasting, and Hot Works projects are currently the only projects available as they allow for minimal contact
- Each participant will be supplied with their own personal project kit
- Participants will be required to wash their hands prior to the experience and keep their masks on for the duration of their project
- Space and availability are limited, advanced reservations are required
- Everyone at The Studio is required to wear a mask
- Entry to the building will be through The Studio front doors
- All guests will have their temperatures scanned and will complete a self-health questionnaire if they haven’t already completed one in the Admissions Lobby
Rakow Research Library
- The Rakow Research Library will be open by appointment only between 10 am and 4 pm, Monday through Thursday
- Only 5 patrons may be in the library at a time
- Library access is currently limited to researchers actively using our collections
Frequently Asked Questions
Will you require masks for visitors?
Yes. According to the New York State executive order, face coverings must be worn in public. As a public location, we will require that masks be worn by all guests (over the age of 2) and staff when they’re on the Museum's campus.
Will the Museum provide masks if I don’t have my own?
We ask that you please bring your own mask when you visit the Museum.
What if I don’t want to/can’t wear a mask?
If you are not able to wear a mask for medical or health reasons and have a doctor’s note or other documentation, we will waive your requirement to wear a face covering. Since we are strictly enforcing our face-covering policy, we’ll provide you with a sticker that indicates you are exempt from the requirement, communicating to staff and other guests that you are exempt. The sticker is optional, but we recommend it to ensure you won’t be interrupted repeatedly during your visit with reminders.
Will temperature readings be taken at admissions?
Yes, we will have thermal scanners at the Admissions Lobby entrance, the Courtyard Lobby entrance, and at The Studio. We require that everyone has their temperatures taken upon entering our buildings.
What if I have a temperature?
If it is discovered that you have a temperature, we’ll kindly ask that you and your party plan to visit us on another day. All staff will also participate in temperature screenings each time they enter the building.
Will social distancing be managed by individual or by party I’m visiting with?
Social distancing will be by party (people you are visiting with). We will have signage to indicate spaces that have capacity requirements.
I love Penguin Pierre! Do you have Pierre merchandise available in the Shops?
We love Pierre too! We are working with artist Catherine Labonte, and expect to have Penguin Pierre merchandise available in our Shops before the end of summer.
When should I purchase my admission ticket?
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are being released on a rolling basis, with current reservation dates extending through Labor Day (September 7).
Will you have timed ticketing?
Yes, we are implementing timed entry to manage visitor flow. Tickets will be available at half-hour intervals throughout the day. This will ensure that we do not exceed our daily capacity limit.
My admission ticket is for a specific time. Do I have to be there right on time?
You must arrive within the 30-minute window following the entrance time on your ticket.
Can I stay for the rest of the day once I enter?
Yes, your ticket will be good for the remainder of the day.
Are tickets still good for two consecutive days?
Yes! Tickets are good for two consecutive days and a guest can stay as long as they like. When they return the following day, they need to return with their admission ticket, or their receipt, and will not need a new reservation. Guests returning for their second day of visit are required to check in at the Main Admissions desk.
Can I purchase tickets in person?
While we will sell a limited amount of tickets in person, it is our strong preference that tickets be purchased in advance as we do have strict capacity requirements and there is a chance you could be turned away due to the fact that we have already met our limit for the day.
What if I am at the Museum and didn’t purchase a ticket ahead of time?
You can still purchase your ticket online even if you’re physically at the Museum. You will need to visit our website and see what timeslot is available next.
I am a Museum Member and receive free admission as part of my membership. Do I still need to reserve a ticket?
Yes, you will need to reserve your Members ticket to secure your timeslot. This helps us ensure we stay within our capacity restrictions.
Will you accept cash?
Electronic forms of payment help reduce touch points, but we will accept all forms of payment.
Are you allowing tour buses right now?
We are not allowing tour buses right now. We cannot allow entry to groups larger than 10 people.
Will I be able to take a guided tour of the Museum?
For now, all tours will be self-guided.
Do I need to reserve an Admissions ticket to visit the Museum Shops?
No. Shoppers are welcome, as long as face coverings are worn and social distancing protocols are observed. All visitors who enter the Museum will walk through a temperature check to ensure they are fever free. We recommend Shops patrons enter thr
What should I know about new New York State travel restrictions?
With many states across the country seeing increases in COVID-19 activity, New York State now requires a 14-day quarantine for incoming travelers from states with significant community spread. A current list of states meeting the NY criteria for increased virus activity can be accessed here. Travelers arriving in New York from the designated states through all means of transport are required to complete an electronic traveler form, and may be subject to a $2,000 fine for noncompliance.
Do the New York State travel restrictions impact my visit to the Museum?
We’d love to welcome you to the Museum when your quarantine is complete. Learn more about the New York State quarantine requirements here.
Is there anything else I should know about the admissions process?
We have installed plexiglass barriers wherever purchase transactions take place, including the Admissions Lobby and The Shops.
Will your Welcome Center be open?
The Welcome Center will be closed as it is a confined space with many touch points. The main parking lot at the Welcome Center will remain open. The shuttle bus (with reduced capacity) will run from the Welcome Center to the main museum as usual and will make a stop in downtown Corning.
Will the Rakow Research Library be open?
The Rakow Research Library will be open by appointment only between 10 am and 4 pm Monday through Thursday.
Will your Café be open?
Yes, our Café is open with a limited menu and limited seating to allow for social distancing.
Will The Shops be open?
Yes, the entire retail section of the Museum is open. Admission is not required to shop.
Will the shuttle bus still run downtown?
Yes, the shuttle bus will continue to run, but at a reduced capacity of 10 people at a time. Since Market Street is currently closed to street traffic, the shuttle bus will stop at Tioga Avenue.
Will you have any interactive displays?
Nearly all touch elements in our displays have been removed or modified. Any remaining touchpoints have enhanced and rigorous cleaning schedules.
Will Gallery Activity Sheets be distributed?
Our gallery activities encourage kids (and adults!) to be glass detectives throughout the Museum's galleries. Guests can download and print the sheets at home as they will not be available at the Museum.
How is the air quality and circulation at the Museum, both in staff areas and general visitor areas?
The Museum has excellent air filtration that meets or exceeds most recommended requirements. Our HVAC is operated in accordance with ASHRAE Guidance for Building Operations during the COVID-19 Pandemic. All air handler units with a final filter rated below MERV13 are set as close as possible to 100% outside air while still maintaining the climate necessary to protect our collections and the comfort of our visitors and staff. Additional air filters will soon be upgraded to a minimum MERV13 rating, the minimum efficiency reporting value for "superior" commercial buildings.
Will you still feature live glassblowing?
Yes, absolutely. We want to ensure that everyone can experience the beauty of live glassmaking when they come to The Corning Museum of Glass.
How will the Hot Glass Demos be different?
We have established new safety protocols. There are new traffic flow patterns in our hot shops, as well as limited seating to allow for social distancing.
How will the Flameworking Demo be different?
The flameworking booth is now relocated to the larger Glassbreaking Demo space to allow for social distancing. Flameworking is a pass-through experience and no longer a timed demonstration. A Museum flameworker will work 40 minutes each hour and will narrate the process. Large monitors allow visitors to see the action, even if they’re not close to the flameworker.
Will you be welcoming Guest Artists?
At this time, we will be featuring only the Museum’s Hot Glass Demo Team.
Are there any other demo changes to be aware of?
At this time, we are not offering the Optical Fiber and Glass Breaking demonstrations.
Will we be able to make our own glass?
Yes, we will still offer Make Your Own Glass projects at The Studio. Reservations are required and we encourage online ticket purchases to book your timeslot, as space will be limited. Available projects are being released on a rolling basis, with current reservation dates extending into August. All participants will be required to wash their hands prior to the experience and keep their mask on.
What projects will be available?
At first, we will only offer fusing and sandblasting, as they allow for minimal contact. Each participant will receive a personal kit and not use shared supplies.
Will I be able to blow glass?
We will not be offering blown glass projects at first because we cannot ensure social distancing.
Can my children make glass?
Yes. Fusing is available to ages 4+, and sandblasting is available to all ages. For sandblasting, participants will decorate their glass, and staff will sandblast it.
Where should I go for my Make Your Own Glass project?
To ensure we have space for social distancing, the glass fusing projects are located in the Studio’s Workshop West West Workshop, and sandblasting will take place in the Education Lab in the main Museum building.
Do I need to purchase Make Your Own Glass tickets in advance?
Reservations are required for all Make Your Own Glass experiences. As always, we encourage the advanced purchase of Make Your Own Glass tickets. Spots will be limited. Please make every effort to book your tickets online ahead of time; current reservation dates extend into August.
If I only purchase Make Your Own Glass tickets, do I have to go check in at the Admissions Desk?
If you are doing a sandblasting project, please check-in at the Admissions Desk to get your ticket printed. If you are fusing, you may head directly to The Studio to check-in and print your ticket.
I am a researcher and would like to use the Rakow Library. Will it be open to me?
The Rakow Research Library will be open by appointment only between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. There will only be five patrons in the Rakow at a time. To make an appointment, call or email. The New Glass Now | Context exhibition installed in the Rakow Library Atrium will remain closed.
I like to sit and work at the Rakow Library. Will I be allowed to do that now?
If you are a researcher with an appointment, you will be allowed to sit and work in the library. Otherwise, current safety measures require us to restrict the number of seats available.