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815 West Market Street, Louisville, KY 40202
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Ranked #29 of 60 Attractions in Louisville
Type: Tours, Cultural
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Owner description: Glassworks houses the Mark Payton Glass Center and Flame Run. See live demonstrations in Glassblowing and Flameworking on our daily tours. Make a project in our Walk-in Workshop. Shop around in one of our two galleries. Hours are 10-5pm Monday - Saturday. Closed Sundays.

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West Lafayette
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185 reviews 185 reviews
58 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

A little out of the way, but worth a visit if you're curious how glass artists create. You can see glass artists at work at scheduled times. We bought our first piece of art glass at the showroom here and have admired many other works in a variety of styles on display.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

I have been to glassworks several times and have really enjoyed it. After reading some of the other reviews, I think it's important to clarify that this is a working glass studio, rather than a traditional tourist attraction. In other words, the artists that are there make their livings as artists - they are not there to put on a... More

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Columbus, OH
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93 reviews 93 reviews
50 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

We went to this place thinking our kids could see them making glass. We paid for the "tour", which was basicly watching in two areas as artists go about their work. (And a movie). We looked out the main glass viewing area and saw the guy down there doing nothing. He saw us there, but he just went over, sipped... More

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Stephen M, Manager at Glassworks, responded to this review

We are so sorry to hear that your experience was less than you expected. Glassworks is now under new management and ownership as you may have heard on the news. We have begun to rethink the tour path and are making changes to improve the quality of the experience after reading reviews online as this one. Here at Glassworks, we... More

North Georgia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
7 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

My husband is a glass artist. While in Louisville for the 10th annual Lebowskifest, we saw an ad for Louisville Glassworks. Decided to check it out. So glad we did. Took the tour and saw so many unique and beautiful creations. Watched folks making blown glass in the huge furnace. Sat in on a class with Amy Lemaire an artist... More

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Columbus, Ohio
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

My 10 yr old daughter and my sister and I participated in the make and takes. I do agree with other reviewers to say it is kind of like a ghost town when you walk in. The person at the info desk was not helpful. We made it into the shop and asked about make and takes. Thankfully I had... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

Glassworks was not only educational but very entertaining. We watched more than one type of glass artistry, and the artisans were very informative as they worked. Although we didn't purchase any glass, there was a good variety available. On reading some of the other reviews, I feel that we were very fortunate to arrive when the artists were actually working.... More

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Jeffersonville, Indiana
3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

This, sadly, is not anything to write home about. They advertise that they are always doing things there, but every single time I have stopped by, it is like a ghost town. Simply a huge building with a whole lot of nothing going on. If you want a great museum and glass workshop experience, go to Corning in Western New... More

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Stephen M, Manager at Glassworks, responded to this review

Sorry to hear that you were disappointed your last visit. We are currently under new ownership and management as you may have learned on the news recently. With this new ownership we are looking to redirect the tourism program. The mission of Glassworks is not to inform the public of the history of glass art over time but to show... More

Delaware, OH
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

We visited Glassworks after reading about it here on TripAdvisor. We went into it knowing that it got mixed reviews, and that some visitors had poor experiences with it if they went when there was no glass work being done. It is kind of an odd destination - they call it a self-guided tour, although really it's just a 10-minute... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

Wow. We didn't have a specific plan for the day but heard about glassworks, so we went for the tour and let the kids do small projects in the workshop. Really fun (for older kids -- I wouldn't bring anyone under 10 there!).

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47 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

This is my favorite local tour--I've been several times! Very interesting. There are opportunities to make something of your own too--we blew an ornament and used glass to make jewelry--fun!

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