Let's see... it's a modern art gallery with these amazing pieces, like shards of glass so thin that they look furry and soft from far away, or giant cubes with flat surfaces that seem to bubble out from far away. oh and lots of well-lit galleries for me and my stupid husband to take selfies.
Then it's a history museum with halls and halls of ancient glass from every continent and every century that people have been making glass.
THEN it's a science museum! with great exhibits for kids and adults alike, all about the big things glass is used for - windshields, windows, light bulbs, telescopes, fiber optics. There's a lot about how light and heat work with materials. We watched a show where kids from the audience got to go up and break different types of glass. wearing safety glasses of course :)
My favorite lesson was Colladon's Experiment - totally wanting to duplicate this at home. In 1841 this Swiss professor showed that we can bend light by putting it a stream of water. The Corning museum had the water stream going into a clear fish tank and the fish tank was lit up by the light, and if another drop of water hit the stream there'd be this burst and you could see the light stop in the tank, it was really cool.
And it's theaters - shows where artists blow glass, or demos of fiber optics principles, they're 15 or 30 minutes and a nice sit down break.
And finally, a huge gift shop if you want a Christmas ornament or marbles for your kids.
Definitely worth the drive, we were coming from the Watkin's Glen wineries heading home to Buffalo so it was an hour or two out of the way but I'm glad we went, along with everybody else that was there, tour groups from every country, it's very impressive.