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museums & collections:

This page lists a number of museums which are either entirely devoted to (or have a substantial collection of) ancient, antique or modern glassware. It is by no means complete, so if your favourite museum is not included, please let us know!

  • United Kingdom
  • Europe
  • other countries
  • United Kingdom:

    N.B. Sadly, neither the Stuart Crystal, nor the Thomas Webb collections in Stourbridge exist any longer (although many items from these can still be seen in the Broadfield House Glass Museum). However, Stuart Crystal have now refurbished the old Red House Glassworks itself, which is listed below


    Ashmolean Museum
    St John Street (off Beaumont Street), Oxford
    Tel: 01865-278 000
    A limited amount of glass on show (although I gather there is much more in their collection), scattered among other exhibits, but excellent examples. Particularly good selection of façon de Venise and of English 17th and 18th Century glassware. Well worth a visit. Open Tuesday to Saturday 1000-1700h, Sunday 1400-1700h (closed on some holidays). Admission free

    Astley Hall Museum & Art Gallery
    Astley Hall, Astley Village, Chorley PR7 1NP
    Contains a fine collection of 18th Century glass

    Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
    Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH
    Tel: 0121 303 1966
    Wideranging collection of English glass & Stained glass

    Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery
    Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RL
    Tel: 0117-922 3571
    Dedicated gallery containing the Chinese glass collection - one of the most significant outside Asia. 180 pieces ranging from 2,000-year-old beads found in burials to exquisite carved altar vessels made for the Chinese imperial household in Beijing in the 18th century. Also Roman & English glassware. Open 7 days a week 1000 - 1700h and most bank holidays. Admission free

    British Museum.
    Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
    Tel: 020-7323 8000
    Huge and excellent collection of ancient/early glass, although, unfortunately, mixed in with all the other exhibits. Open Monday to Saturday 1000-1700h, Sunday 1200-1800h. Admission free, but donation of at least £2.00 requested

    Broadfield House Glass Museum
    Compton Drive, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 9NS
    Tel: 01384 812 745
    The English glass museum, mainly 19th/early 20th Century products of the Stourbridge area. Open Tuesday to Sunday 1200-1600h (glassblowing studio open Wednesday to Sunday 1000-1600h). Admission free. Gift shop

    Bruntnell-Astley Contemporary Glass Gallery
    Unit 15 The Ruskin Glass Centre, Wollaston Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 4HF
    Tel: 01384 399 465
    A new commercial Internet glass gallery featuring a selection of works by contemporary British studio glassworkers such as Fiaz Elson, George F Jackson, Helen Millard, Joanna Manousis, Keith Brocklehurst, Keith Cummings, Laura Birdsall, Nikki Williams, Stuart Garfoot

    Castle Museum & Art Gallery
    The Castle, Nottingham, NG1 6EL
    Tel: 0115 948 3700
    Contains a collection of Salviati glassware

    Cecil Higgins Art Gallery
    Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3RP
    Tel: 01234 211 222
    An unusual combination of recreated Victorian Mansion (originally the home of the Higgins family, wealthy Bedford Brewers) and adjoining gallery housing collections of watercolours, prints and drawings, ceramics, lace & glass (Ravenscroft, Art Nouveau, Whitefriars etc). Open Tuesday to Saturday 1100 - 1700h, Sunday 1400-1700h. Adult, single day £2.20 (includes entry to Bedford Museum), Fridays free, concessions free. Gift shop

    Chelmsford Museum & The Essex Regiment Museum
    Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9AQ
    Tel: 01245 605 700
    Contains a collection of English glassware, particularly Newcastle

    Fitzwilliam Museum
    Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB
    Tel: 01223 332 900
    Early English and contemporary glassware

    Harris Museum and Art Gallery
    Market Square, Preston, Lancashire PR1 2PP
    Tel: 01772 258248
    Contains the Mrs French scent-bottle collection (largest in the country, & one of the most important in the world)

    Haworth Art Gallery
    Haworth Park, Hollins Lane, Accrington Lancashire BB5 2JS
    Tel: 01254 233 782
    Contains the largest collection of Tiffany glass in Europe

    Leighton House Museum
    12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ
    Tel: 020 7602 3316
    Contains the William Wright collection of 17th century stained glass from Damascus

    Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery
    St.Faith's Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1LH
    Tel: 01622 602 838
    Contains a collection of claw beakers & Anglo-Saxon glassware

    Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
    Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DZ
    Tel: 01223 333 516

    Manchester Art Gallery
    Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
    Tel: 0161 235 8888
    Interesting general collection. Free entry, open Tue-Sun 1000h-1700h

    Museum of London
    150 London Wall, London EC2
    Tel: 020-7600 3699
    Extensive display of James Powell & Sons/Whitefriars glass & some other London glass, including Ravenscroft

    National Glass Centre
    Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL
    Tel: 0191-515 5555
    Have not yet been to see this, but one of these days we'll get around to it!

    Nazeing Glass Museum
    at the Nazeing Glassworks, Nazeing New Road, Broxbourne, Herts EN10 6SU
    Tel: 01992-464 485
    Brand new glass museum of 20th Century British domestic glassware, curated by Stephen Pollock-Hill (managing director of the glassworks). Includes a Study & Library Room, which contains much information on other British glass factories. Open Mon-Fri 1030-1530h. Admission £2.50

    Red House Glass Cone
    High Street, Wordsley, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 4AZ
    Tel: 01384-812 750   new website (may not yet be working)
    Part of Broadfield House Glass Museum. Open Mon-Sun 1000-1600h (including Bank holidays). Admission free (except for groups). Café, gift-shop

    Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
    Queen Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 3RX
    Tel: 01392 665 858
    From ancient Roman through to 20th century, including the Henry Hamilton Clark collection of some 200 English 18th century drinking glasses, the 17th century Exeter Flute Glass, engraved with a portrait of Charles II, & a Victorian reproduction of the Portland Vase, engraved by Zach

    Ruskin Mill Glasshouse College
    Wollaston Road, Amblecote, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 4HF
    Tel: 01384-399 400
    Established 2001 on site of former Royal Doulton glassworks in Stourbridge’s historic glass quarter, & houses a wide range of skilled craftspeople. Visitors can view glass blowing, cutting, kiln work, lampwork & stained glass manufacture

    Shipley Art Gallery
    Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4JB
    Tel: 0191 477 1495
    Superb collection of Tyneside pressed glass. Open Monday to Saturday 1000-1700h, Sundays 1400-1700h (click here for other Tyne and Wear Museums)

    Stained Glass Museum
    Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambs CB7 4DL
    Tel: 01353 660 347
    Registered charity. Opening times: Mon to Fri 1030h - 1700h, Sat 1030h - 1730h (Winter - 1700h), Sun 1200h - 1800h (Winter - 1630h). Adults £3.50, Concessions £2.50, Family group £7.00 (up to 4 - must include 1 child under 16)

    Turner Museum of Glass
    c/o Department of Materials Science & Engineering, The University of Sheffield, Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD
    Founded 1943. The eclectic WES Turner collection of over 380 pieces of glass, from Roman to modern, from all over the world

    Victoria & Albert Museum
    Cromwell Road, London SW7
    Tel: 020 7942 2000
    Excellent new gallery entirely devoted to glass

    Victoria Art Gallery
    Bridge Street, Bath, BA2 4AT
    Tel: 01225 477 233
    European glassware

    The Wallace Collection
    Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN
    Tel: 020 7563 9500
    Substantial glass collection. Monday to Saturday 1000-1700h, Sundays 1200-1700h

    World of Glass
    Chalon Way East, St Helens, Merseyside WA10 1BX
    Tel: 01744 22766
    Glassware from the Pilkington Glass collection, & glass-blowing demonstrations . Another one we haven't visited, but it looks promising


    Aberdeen Art Gallery
    Schoolhill, Aberdeen AB10 1FQ
    Tel: 01224 523 700
    Applied Art section includes glassware. Free entry, open Tue-Sat 1000h-1700h, Sun 1400h-1700h

    The Burrell Collection
    Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT
    Tel: 0141 287 2550
    Glassware exhibits include a superb collection of stained glass. Open Mon-Thur & Sat 1000h–1700h, Fri & Sun 1100h-1700h

    Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
    Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG
    Tel: 0141 276 9599
    Open Mon-Thur & Sat 1000h–1700h, Fri & Sun 1100h-1700h

    National Museum of Scotland
    Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF
    Tel: 0300 123 6789
    Large collection of Venetian & important early British glass. Free entry, open daily 1000h-1700h

    Perth Museum & Art Gallery
    George Street, Perth PH7 3NF
    Tel: 01738 632 488
    Excellent collection of paperweights. Free entry, open Mon-Sat 1000h-1700h (except Christmas & New Year public holidays|)

    Northern Ireland:

    Ulster Museum
    Botanic Gardens, Belfast BT9 5AB
    Tel: 0845 608 0000
    General glass collection

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    Charleroi Glass Museum (Musée du Verre)
    Site du Bois du Cazier, Rue du Cazier 80, 6001 Marcinelle
    Tel: +32 (0)496 59 92 14
    Open Tue-Sat 0900h-1700h. Adult entry €4, concessions €2.50, children (12 & under) free

    Museum of Walloon Art (Musée de l’art Wallon)
    Ilot Saint-Georges, Féronstrée, 86 , 4000 Liège
    Tel: +32 (0)4 221 89 11
    Open Tue-Sat 1300h-1800h, Sun 1100h-1800h. Adult entry €5, concessions €3, children (12 & under) free

    Czech Republic:

    Jablonec Museum of Glass & Jewellery
    U Muzea 398/4, 466 01 Jablonec nad Nisou
    Tel: +420 (0)483 369 011
    Open daily 0900h-1700h

    Kamenický Šenov Glass museum
    Osvobozeni 69, 47114 Kamenický Šenov
    Tel: +420 (0)424 292 206
    Open Tue-Sun 0900h-1600h (closed for lunch 1200h-1300h)

    Nový Bor Glass Museum
    Namesti Miru 105, 47301 Nový Bor
    Tel: +420 (0)424 222 196
    Open Tue-Sun 0900h-1600h (closed for lunch 1200h-1300h)

    Prague Historical Pharmacy Museum
    Nerudova 32,118 00 Praha 1
    Tel: +420 (0)257 531 502
    Open daily, 1000h-1700h (April – September 1100h-1800h)

    Prague Museum of Decorative Arts
    ul. 17. Listopadu 2,118 00 Praha 1
    Tel: +420 (0)251 093 111
    Open Tue 1000h-1900h, Wed-Sun 1000h-1800h


    Denmark: Danish Glassworks Reference Museum
    Peter Harder's online glass museum, with 5,143 photos and 955 pages of information about glass produced by Danish Glassworks

    Denmark: Ebeltoft Glass Museum
    Strandvejen 8, 8400 Ebeltoft
    Tel: +45 (0)86 34 17 99
    Contemporary studio glass, with 1,500 pieces from 1970 onward, from all over the world

    Eire (Republic of Ireland):

    National Museum of Ireland
    Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7
    Tel: +353 (0)1 6777444
    The best collection of Irish Glassware. Open Tue-Sat 1000h-1700h, Sun 1400h-1700h


    The Finnish Glass Museum
    Tehtaankatu 23, FI-11910 Riihimäki
    Tel: +358 (0)19 758 4108
    Open Tue-Sun 1000h-1800h, February-December


    Musée du Louvre
    75058 Paris Cedex 01
    Tel: +33 (0)1 40 20 50 50
    Open Mon, Thur, Sat, Sun 0900h-1800h; Wed, Fri 0900h-2200h, Tue closed

    Musée des Arts Décoratifs
    Palais du Louvre, 107, Rue de Rivoli , 75001 Paris
    Tel: +33 (0)1 44 55 57 50
    Open Wed-Sat 1230h-1800h, Sun 1200h-1800h, closed Mon & Tue

    Musée de Cluny (Musée National du Moyen Âge)
    6 Place Paul-Painlevé, 5e, Paris
    Tel: +33 (0) 1 53 73 78 15
    Medieval stained glass, rock crystal. Open Wed-Mon 0915h-1745h. Entry €5.50 adults, €4.00 18-25 years, children (17 & under) free

    Musée de la Civilisation Gallo-Romaine
    Fourvière Amphitheatre, 17 Rue Cleberg, 69005 Lyon
    Tel: +33 (0) 4 72 38 81 90
    Roman & other early glassware


    Rheinbach Glass Museum
    Himmeroder Wall 6, 53359 Rheinbach
    Tel: +49 (0) 22 26 917 501
    Open Tue-Fri 1000h-1200h & 1400h-1700h, Sat/Sun 1100h-1700h, closed Mon

    Römisch-Germanisches Museum
    Roncalliplatz 4, 50667 Köln (Cologne)
    Tel: +49 (0) 221 221 2 44 38
    The Romano-German Museum, containing the world's largest Roman glass collection. Open Tue-Sun 1000h-1700h

    Passau Glass Museum
    Am Rathausplatz, 94032 Passau
    Tel: +49 (0) 851-3 50 71
    The 'Holy Grail' for collectors of Bohemian glass. Stunning collection, from Baroque through Biedermeier, Historismus, Art Nouveau, Art Deco to modern. Open daily (Nov - Mar) 1300h - 1700h, (Apr - Oct) 1000h - 1700h. Adults €5, groups (8 or more) €4, concessions €4, accompanied under 12s free


    Rippl-Ronai Museum
    Fö u. 10., Kaposvár
    Tel: +36 (0)82 314 011
    Open 1000h-1600h Apr-Oct, 1000h-1500h Nov-Mar, closed Mons


    Murano Glass Museum (Museo del Vetro)
    Fondamenta Giustinian 8, 30121 Murano
    Tel: +39 (0)41 739586
    Open 1000h-1800h Apr-Oct, 1000h-1700h Nov-Mar


    Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
    Museumpark 18-20, 3015 CX Rotterdam
    Tel: +31 (0)10 44 19 400
    Open Tue-Sun 1100h-1700h, closed Mon

    Jan Luijkenstraat 1, 1070 DN Amsterdam
    Tel: +31 (0)20 674 7000
    Open daily 0900h-1800h


    Smalands Glass Museum
    Södra Järnvägsgatan 2, Box 102, 351 04 Växjö
    Tel: +46 (0)470 70 42 00
    Mon-Fri 1000h-1700h, Sat-Sun 1100h-1700h, closed Mons

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    other countries:


    National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne


    Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto


    Ceramics & Glassware Museum, Tehran


    The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
    The Chagall stained glass windows, Jerusalem
    The Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem


    Damascus National Museum

    United States:

    Art Institute of Chicago
    Carnegie Museum of Art
    Chrysler Museum of Art
    Corning Museum of Glass
    Metropolitan Museum of Art.
    Newark Museum
    New Bedford Museum of Glass
    New Orleans Museum of Art
    Oglebay Institute Glass Museum
    Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    Sandwich Glass Museum
    Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, Chicago
    Tacoma Institute of Glass
    Toledo Museum of Art
    Wheaton Arts Museum of American Glass

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