Hot Glass Show Innovation Stage
A major goal of the construction phase of the new North Wing is to minimize disruption to our guest’s visit to the Museum and continue to provide the full experience, including one of the Museum’s most popular programs – live glassmaking. The tradition of glassmaking has been a part of the Museum campus since its opening in 1951. Museum gaffers put on more than 15 Hot Glass Show glassblowing demonstrations a day. The Hot Glass Show Innovation Stage renovation was one of the first steps in the North Wing Expansion project. The Hot Glass Show moved into the new light-filled space just above the Museum’s Admission Lobby, adjacent to the Innovation Center in July 2012. The space, formerly an orientation film theater, was designed by architects Smith-Miller + Hawkinson, who revisited their 1999 design to transform the theater into a new venue suited for glass demonstrations.
The new stage, with 165 seats, offers a unique presentation space, with state-of-the-art all-electric equipment, an energy efficient alternative to natural-gas-powered furnaces. Floor-to-ceiling windows on the east side of area offer views of Corning and also provide pleasant natural light into the space. A ramp between the windows and the theater allows for additional viewing.
The Hot Glass Show is live on the Innovations Stage throughout the day, every day, during the expansion project. See Today's Schedule.
Now open after renovations, the new GlassMarket Café’s soaring, light-filled dining area is the perfect place to take a break while enjoying lunch or a quick coffee. The renovation was designed by HAIGH Architects in association with Hunt Engineers, Architects, Surveyors, and features a large open floor plan. The space adapts for both large and small groups with glass screen wall architectural elements, serving a functional purpose to divide the space while exploring the transparency and translucency of glass.
The new GlassMarket Café’s fresh, house-made dishes are served cafeteria style, offering a variety of options. Five stations include international cuisine, Italian, pizza, soups & salads, and sandwiches. Grab n’ go options are available at each of the stations, as well as children's meals at a family-friendly price. Digital menus provide daily meal options, pricing, and vegetarian/dairy free/allergy information.
The new GlassMarket Café serves hot entrees, pizza, soup, salad, beer, and wine. Coffee and pastries are available beginning at 9 am, and lunch is available at 11 am. The daily menu is available online every day. See Today’s Menu.