WATKINS GLEN - The Corning Museum of Glass’ Glass Barge made its final stop at the Seneca Lake Pier in Watkins Glen this week, capping off a multi-month journey through New York’s waterways.

Officials from all involved parties celebrated the barge’s successful journey on the pier Friday morning. They said the project was a challenging and symbolic achievement for the state of New York, and wouldn’t have been possible without the logistical coordination between all parties.

“This is a very bold project that required a tremendous amount of support and partnerships. And it is so gratifying to get to our final stop and underline in no uncertain terms that we did it,” said Rob Cassetti Sr., Director of Creative Strategy and Audience Engagement at CMoG. “And we pulled it off in a way that we were able to delight visitors all across the state. So gratifying, and so humbling in terms of the support we’ve received from every community that we’ve visited.”

The vessel began its voyage in Brooklyn back in May. Since then, it made its way up the Hudson River before turning west into the Erie Canal until it arrived in Buffalo. The barge then made its way back east until it stopped at Seneca Falls before traveling down Seneca Lake toward its final destination in Watkins Glen.

The barge went port-to-port along its journey to more than a dozen stops, offering free glass blowing demonstrations to the public and promoting the history of glass and Corning along the way.

Glass Barge, which is essentially a smaller, floating version of CMoG’s Amphitheatre Hot Shop, embarked on its statewide tour to commemorate “the 150th anniversary of the relocation of the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company - now known as Corning Incorporated - via the New York Waterways by canal barge to Corning, which would become a center for important artistic and technological innovations in glass,” according to a museum statement prior to the vessel’s launch.

CMoG said Glassbarge was also the “2018 signature event for the statewide celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial,” and was accompanied by a “flotilla of historic ships” from the South Street Seaport Museum and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

The New York State Canal Corporation and the Chemung Canal Trust Company, among others, also assisted with the venture.

Cassetti said Glassbarge will sadly be decommissioned following this week’s final docking.

The public will have one final chance to experience Glassbarge this weekend, with free public glassmaking demonstrations scheduled on the barge from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

To reserve tickets for these demonstrations, visit CMoG.org/GlassBarge.