Save at least half a day for this journey through 35 centuries (and more than 45,000 items) of glass history, art and industry at the Corning Museum of Glass. There are plenty of live glassworking demos and all kinds of hands-on exhibits to keep everyone, including the kids, engaged. You can even make your own project—anything from an ornament to a wind chime. The international GlassMarket, the museum’s retail shop, has everything from haute décor showpieces to moderately priced jewelry and home items. $15; 19 and under free. 1 Museum
Way, Corning, (800) 732-6845, cmog.org.
The Rockwell Museum of Western Art has the largest collection of 19th-century to contemporary western art, including Native American paintings and sculptures, in the eastern United States. $8; 19 and under free. 111 Cedar St., Corning, (607) 937-5386, rockwellmuseum.org.
Twenty-three vintage aircraft, mostly military from World War II to present, are on display at Wing of Eagles Discovery Center. Take the pilot’s seat in the flight simulator, then track the course of a tsunami or view the constellations on the Magic Planet digital video globe. $7/adults, $4.50/kids. 343 Daniel Zenker Drive, Horseheads, (607) 358-4247, wingsofeagles.com.
Housed in an 1833 mansion, Arnot Art Museum exhibits 17th- to 19th-century European paintings, 19th- and 20th-century American art, and collections of Asian and Egyptian artifacts. $7/adults, $5/seniors and students. 235 Lake St., Elmira, (607) 734-3697, arnotartmuseum.org.