COVID-19 Health & Safety

Keeping It Safe is a Glass Act! 

We are excited to welcome you to the Museum! Advance admissions tickets are required.

As a family destination that welcomes all ages, our priority is to keep ALL our guests and staff safe. Masks are optional for fully vaccinated visitors to the Museum, and required for unvaccinated visitors (over age 2), as required by New York State.

Safety Protocols

We want to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable, with the help of our Safety Guide, Penguin Pierre. Pierre uses his PPE (Penguin Protective Experience) to focus on safety so you can enjoy our collection. Watch for your flippered friend Pierre throughout your visit.  


  • Masks are optional for fully vaccinated visitors
  • Masks are required by all unvaccinated individuals (over the age of 2) while on the Museum campus. Please bring your own mask.
  • We ask that you visit when you are feeling well, and plan to visit another day if someone in your party has symptoms

Read more about Masks in the FAQ below

Ticketing and Admissions

Advance 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 to the Admissions Lobby
    • You do not need a new reservation, just check in at admissions

Read more about Tickets and Admissions in the FAQ below

Space Changes and Getting Around

  • The Welcome Center will be open May 22 to September 6, 2021
  • Shuttle buses will run between the Welcome Center, the Museum, and Corning’s Gaffer District at regular intervals.

Read more about Space Changes and Getting Around in the FAQ below

Hot Glass Demonstrations

A gaffer rubs a clear glass oval sculpture with pads, creating flames

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

Read more about Hot Glass Demonstrations in the FAQ below

Make Your Own Glass

  • Limited Make Your Own Glass projects are available.
  • Fusing, Sandblasting, and Hot Works projects are currently available with protocols designed for minimal contact.
  • Unvaccinated guests in the Make Your Own Glass project area must wear a face covering for the duration of the project
  • When applicable, each participant will be supplied with their own personal project kit
  • Unvaccinated participants will be required to be masked for the duration of their project.
  • Space and availability are limited, advance reservations are encouraged.

Read more about Make Your Own Glass in the FAQ below

The Studio

  • Unvaccinated individuals over the age of two are required to wear a mask at The Studio
  • Entry to the building will be through The Studio front doors

Rakow Research Library

  • The Rakow Research Library will be open by appointment only between 10 am and 4 pm, Monday through Thursday
  • Unvaccinated individuals over the age of two are required to wear a mask in the Library
  • Visitors with an appointment should call the reference desk (1+ 607 438 5300) at the time of their appointment for entry to the building

Read more about the Rakow Research Library in the FAQ below

Frequently Asked Questions

Mask FAQs
Ticketing and Admissions FAQs
Space Changes and Getting Around FAQs
Hot Glass Demonstrations FAQs
Make Your Own Glass FAQs
Rakow Research Library FAQs