If you are in the Corning, NY area, it is almost mandatory to visit the Corning Glass Museum. This is the largest glass museum on the world with 35 centuries of glass making history. While I am not a huge fan of the art, certainly glass products are essential to our everyday life. Some of the art forms of this product are rather amazing.
Touring the museum you can learn how glass products evolved over 3500 years. One of the latest practical applications is literally changing the world. That is a design and product discovered and perfected by the Corning Glass Company right in Corning, New York. I think we have all heard about fiber optics. Honestly, I did not know exactly how this worked. We got a great demo of how the fiber is made and how it transmits information. He explained how one fiber the size of a human hair can send huge amounts of information. To make the numbers clear, they have a copper bundle over six feet tall that would be required to send the same amount of information. As they say, I can see how this could change everything. This alone was worth the visit.
Even those of us not obsessed with glass can spend over three hours looking at the history and uses over such a long period of time. I would say it is a must see.