Directions and Parking

  • Take I-86/Route 17 to Exit 46 in Corning and follow signs to the Corning Museum of Glass.
  • Do NOT turn into the first museum parking lot as you come off the highway.
  • Drive past the front of the museum, which will be on your right, and turn right at the light onto Museum Way.
  • Turn right into the lot at the rear of the museum.
  • Overflow parking is available in the YMCA lot across Museum Way.
  • Parking at Civic Music performances is free of charge.

The Box Office - Smart Music

The Civic Music box office is located inside the rear entrance of the museum, in the lobby.  The box office opens at 6:30pm; the auditorium doors usually open for general admission seating at 7:00; and the concert starts at 7:30.

For Your Comfort

We invite you to make use of the Museum’s coat rack during cooler months. It is located behind the glass wall between the two auditorium entrances on the ground floor.

Restrooms for guests at Civic Music performances are located near the ground floor entrance to the right of the auditorium.

Refreshments, including snacks, wine, beer, and other beverages, are available to purchase before the performance and during intermission.


There are no assigned seats at Civic Music, although there is a section in the center of the auditorium reserved for our Patrons who have purchased preferred seating.  For more information about becoming a Patron and purchasing preferred seating, please email us or leave a message at 1.800.531.3679.

Outside the Patron seating area, we invite guests to sit wherever they’d like.  Please be mindful of others as you pick seats, and try not to leave single empty seats between groups in a row.

During the Performance

Our programs typically begin on time, at 7:30 p.m., with some brief welcoming remarks from our organization president, who then introduces the performer(s).  Lights are low in the Corning Museum of Glass auditorium, so we encourage our guests to be seated in advance of the scheduled start time.

Together with our partners at CMoG, we do prohibit food, drink, and recording/photography of any kind.

Applause is welcome when the performers enter the stage, between numbers, after a particularly rousing solo (where applicable), and, of course, at the close of the performances.  

There is usually one 15-minute intermission between two sets.

Children at Civic Smart Music

At Civic Music, we firmly believe that exposure to a wide variety of quality music enriches any child’s life. We also know that attending live performances helps children learn to be good audience members early in life.  That’s why we welcome children to our performances, and why we work actively with area school districts to schedule special engagements with our performers when they are in town. Contact Jerry Przybylski at [email protected] for more information about this program.  

We ask all audience members to be mindful of how their actions impact the experience of those around them.