Corning Museum of Glass - family audio tour
Drew always wanted to go to the Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG) so we took him there on his birthday. We had a great time and would recommend the trip down to Corning for anyone that is interested. The boys made their own sandblasted glasses with designs that they produced on them (with stickers of all things) and the shows were very fun and informative. The boys want to go again which is a sign that they enjoyed it as well.
One of the things that enhanced our experience to a great degree was the Family Audio Tour that we downloaded from the CMOG website and loaded into our MP3 players. They do have an app for the various Apple and Android tablets and smartphones, but we chose to download the audio portion and got it into the various music players we own. There was a separate adult and family tour so I chose to load all of the MP3 players up with the family one. There are certain pieces throughout the museum that have a tag with a number next to them and a symbol that denotes whether it is part of the family or the adult tour. We simply had to scroll to the number that was displayed and we received some details about the piece that were delivered in a kid-friendly way. I could easily see an adult spending 1.5 to 2 hours in the gallery just listening to all of the details presented on the various pieces. It is different than a guided tour (which has benefits of its own) in that we could go at our own pace and linger a bit longer not having to keep up with a group.
If you are going to visit CMOG and have the necessary equipment I highly recommend loading it up with the tour audio files or downloading the app from these URLs:
- Audio Tour: http://www.cmog.org/dynamic.aspx?id=7262
- Mobile App: http://www.cmog.org/dynamic.aspx?id=282
There are iPod Touches that you can rent there for $3 as well that has the app pre-loaded on them. That seems like a good deal to me as it enhances your experience to a very great degree. Nice work CMOG. We'll be back.