An official Path Through History Site! In the 1860s, Elias Hungerford believed Corning`s railroad and Erie Canal transportation, together with local supplies of coal and sand, could foster a glass industry that would put his town on the map. Today, the Corning Museum of Glass offers a unique opportunity to see glass in a new light and features the stunning Contemporary Art + Design Wing, live hot glassmaking demos, Make Your Own Glass experiences, hands-on glass technology exhibits, and the world’s largest collection of contemporary and historical glass. At the Corning Museum of Glass, visitors can experience the art, history and science of glass through live hot glassmaking demonstrations, Make Your Own Glass classes, hands-on glass technology exhibits and the world`s largest collection of glass objects spanning 3,500 years. Kids and teens, 17 and under are always free.