Corning Museum of Glass Receives $1.5 Million Grant from New York State to Fund New International Motorcoach Entrance

The Corning Museum of Glass has received a $1.5 million grant from New York State to support the creation of a new international motorcoach entrance. The grant was announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today at the 2013 Regional Economic Development Council Awards ceremony held in Albany.

The Museum will transform its current motorcoach entrance on the west side of the facility into an attractive 10,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor reception area for visitors who arrive via tour busses. The area will include new amenities and a dedicated entrance to the new glass demonstration space in the North Wing addition. Exterior signage, large-scale maps and regional wayfinding will orient visitors and encourage inter-regional travel throughout Upstate New York.

Rendering of the new International Motorcoach Entrance

Rendering of the new International Motorcoach Entrance

The new international motorcoach entrance will open in late 2014 as part of the Museum’s North Wing addition project which includes a new 26,000-square-foot contemporary art gallery building and one of the world’s largest facilities for glassblowing demonstrations and live glass design sessions.

“We look forward to providing this new welcome point for our hundreds of thousands of motorcoach visitors who come to the Museum each year from all over the world,” said Marie McKee, president of The Corning Museum of Glass. “We are grateful to Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for supporting this project and, in doing so, recognizing the importance of the Museum’s international visitors to the Upstate tourism market.”

The Corning Museum of Glass is the most visited art museum in New York State, outside of Manhattan, and a major driver of the Upstate New York tourism economy. More than 40 percent of the over 400,000 annual visitors to the Museum arrive via motorcoach.  Motorcoach visitation has more than doubled in the past ten years, with international group visitation growing nine percent year-over-year for the last three years.

Large-scale maps and regional wayfinding will inform international visitors about New York State

Large-scale maps and regional wayfinding will inform international visitors about New York State

Marie McKee, Museum president; Lt. Governor Robert Duffy; Rob Cassetti, senior director of creative services; and Beth Duane, director of marketing and community relations at the REDC Awards in Albany

Marie McKee, Museum president; Lt. Governor Robert Duffy; Rob Cassetti, senior director of creative services; and Beth Duane, director of marketing and community relations at the REDC Awards in Albany

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Marie McKee, president of The Corning Museum of Glass at the REDC Awards in Albany

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Marie McKee, president of The Corning Museum of Glass at the REDC Awards in Albany

2 comments
Helene Weinberger
Helene Weinberger 5pts

Congratulations to Corning. I am thrilled that you will be able to show so many tourists the incredible quality of your fine exhibits.  Because of Corning - online - I was able to make my presentation on glass much more interesting - I spoke with seniors about the history and evolution of glass, using some of Corning's information.

My last view of Corning was many years ago and now (due to age - almost 90) seldom have travel opportunities, but when I went there with my husband recall its truly magnificent exhibits and excellent quality.  Never did see the Rakow library and at that time did not know of its existence.  Thank you for what you contribute to this nationa and to the world.  (My first sight of glassblowing was at Corning - "Steuben Glass.".