Mesmerized by glass sculptures? Here’s five glass museums any curious traveler would find interesting. Visitors can choose from historical glass art pieces, stained windows, glass sculptures or glass bottle exhibits. Plus – the museums offer glass blowing demonstrations and hands-on workshops for kids and adults alike!
Chihuly Garden and Glass – Seattle, Washington
The Chihuly Garden and Glass is an explosion of colors and a feast for the eyes. Dale Chihuly’s work is a mix of sculptures and installations that hang from ceilings, walls, and come out of the ground. The centerpiece of Chihuly Garden and Glass is the Glasshouse, a 40-foot tall glass structure that holds the 100-foot long sculpture. Visitors can take an audio tour of the gallery and watch short films about the artist’s work process.
The Richard H. Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass – Chicago, Illinois
Contrasting dark corridors and brilliant stained glass colors make for a stunning display. The Richard H. Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass exhibits fascinating stained glass pieces at Chicago’s Navy Pier. 11 Louis Comfort Tiffany stained windows depict an assortment of spiritual and secular landscapes. Louis Comfort Tiffany was the son of the founders of Tiffany & Co., the famous jewelry company. Admission to the gallery is free.
WheatonArts and Cultural Center – Millville, New Jersey
The Museum of American Glass at WheatonArts and Culture Center is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of American glass in the world. The museum celebrates the creativity and craftsmanship of American glass. Daily glass blowing and artist demonstrations are offered along with special exhibits and workshops.
The National Bottle Museum – Ballston Spa, New York
The National Bottle Museum contains thousands of historic glass bottles of different shapes, styles and colors. Visitors can learn about early glass bottle making methods, and see historic hand tools and a miniature glass furnace.
The Corning Museum of Glass – Corning, New York
The Corning Museum of Glass is dedicated to the art, science, technology, culture, and design of glass. Daily glass blowing demonstrations are offered in addition to hands-on glass blowing sessions for adults and kids.
Stop by the Innovation Center at the museum to view an interactive science and technology exhibit focused on how glass impacts our everyday lives. The museum is free for kids 17 years old and under.
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