The Corning Museum of Glass is the world's foremost museum dedicated to glass, exploring its historical, social, cultural, artistic, scientific and technological aspects. Its collection covers 3,500 years of human history. A highlight is the the glass portrait of an ancient Egyptian pharoah. The museum also houses the Rakow Research Library, the best glass library in the world. The museum offers numerous education programs, including glass making classes for all skill levels, and lectures and seminars.
The museum was built in 1981by Corning Glass Works, which is now Corning Incorporated, as a gift to the city for the company's 100th anniversary. The museum has expanded several times since its inception, with the last one being completed in March 2015.