GlassBarge and Lois McClure in Palmyra

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Date(s) - 08/28/2018
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Erie Canal Lock 29


The GlassBarge and Lois McClure in Palmyra


Registration is now open for free tickets for GlassBarge—The Corning Museum of Glass’s mobile glassmaking studio on a canal barge—which will offer the public free, family-friendly glassblowing demonstrations at Palmyra on August 28. Visitors will see expert glassblowers demonstrate how to shape glowing globs of molten glass into vases, bowls, and sculptures, while hearing about the intertwined story of glassmaking and the Erie Canal in New York State.
GlassBarge will be accompanied by another historic vessel. After the 30-minute glassblowing demonstrations aboard the GlassBarge, visitors will also be invited on to the Lois McClure, a historic schooner from the collection of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, to learn about what life was like on the Erie Canal in the 19th century.

August 28, 2018
The Corning Museum of Glass will offer glassblowing demonstrations aboard GlassBarge daily, from 11am to 6pm, every hour on the hour. Demonstrations will last approximately 30 minutes. The Lois McClure will be open for tours during the same hours.

Erie Canal Lock 29, Palmyra, NY, August 28, onboard the GlassBarge and Lois McClure.

Due to limited seating aboard the GlassBarge, reservations are strongly encouraged, and can be made at If the time slot appears to be sold out, guests are still encouraged to come and get on a waiting list for the show of their choice. Tours of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Lois McClure are first come, first served and do not require registration. The South Street Seaport Museum will also be on hand to share information about their historic tug that will be moving GlassBarge along the waterways.

GlassBarge commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company—now known as Corning Incorporated—relocating to Corning via the New York waterways by canal barge. In celebration of this pivotal journey, CMoG is recreating the voyage with GlassBarge—a 30’ x 80’ canal barge equipped with CMoG’s patented all-electric glassmaking equipment. In addition to sharing the story of glassmaking in Corning, the GlassBarge tour emphasizes the continued role of New York’s waterways in shaping the state’s industry, culture, and community. GlassBarge is the 2018 signature event for the statewide celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial. A flotilla of historic ships from the collections of the South Street Seaport Museum and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum will accompany GlassBarge throughout its journey.