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Gillinder Glass Factory & Museum

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Address: 39 Erie Street, Port Jervis, NY 12771
Phone Number: 845-856-5375
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Description: Visitors can take a guided tour of our historic factory and watch actual...
Visitors can take a guided tour of our historic factory and watch actual production of pressed glass during the week. During Special weekend events throughout the year, our guest glass artists will demonstrate the timeless art of glass blowing. Call for details and rates. Visit us on Facebook or our website.
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Great stop on a trip

Really nice to see glass making done piece by piece - tour let you see (and feel it - does get hot) up close. Beautiful pieces to purchase in the gift shop. Just wish there was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
Debbie S
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Really nice to see glass making done piece by piece - tour let you see (and feel it - does get hot) up close. Beautiful pieces to purchase in the gift shop. Just wish there was a glass blower on all tours - that would have been great.

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ally54, Director of Sales at Gillinder Glass Factory & Museum, responded to this review

Dear Debbie S, Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to write a nice review. We’re glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour. We are a working glass factory who has opened our doors to the public for tours so you can see what we do and how we do it. Our week day production of... More 

Mosinee, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Great tour guides and a very interesting process to learn about. The ladies in the shop and on the tour were very informative and we learned a lot. Three of our family members attended (including an 11 year old) and enjoyed learning about how to make glass creations the old fashioned way! We also had four 70+ extended family members... More 

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ally54, Director of Sales at Gillinder Glass Factory & Museum, responded to this review

Dear TammieK, Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review of your recent experience at Gillinder Glass—both the tour and the gift shop! It is wonderful to hear that our customers appreciate what we do! Thank you for the great recommendation! Sincerely, Allyson Gillinder, Director-Retail Operations More 

South Bound Brook, New Jersey
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I visited the glass store on a Sunday so I was unable to take the tour. However, the shop is gorgeous with tons of items made in the adjacent factory. The staff was exceptional, extremely friendly and proud to explain the history of the company. They were very knowledgeable about the area and loved what they did. I can't wait... More 

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ally54, Director of Sales at Gillinder Glass Factory & Museum, responded to this review

Dear rm0463, Thank you for your nice review of our gift store! It’s always nice to hear that our customers enjoyed their visit—I will pass your kind words along to the staff! We look forward to your return—hopefully you will be able to come during the week and catch a tour of our production teams making glass lenses and domes--or... More 

Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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69 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The tours are limited, check ahead of time for times and availability. In the fall the guest artists come, which would be great to see. Unfortunately we were there on a Sunday in the Summer so all we got to see was the gift shop. The sales staff was friendly, accommodating, and informative. I am not a shopper, but she... More 

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ally54, Director of Sales at Gillinder Glass Factory & Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Gillinder Glass and taking the time to write a review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the gift shop, and we hope you will come back to take a tour, either Monday-Friday to see the actual production of industrial and commercial glass, or when we have our very special glass blowing events with guest... More 

New Haven, Connecticut
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We visited on a day when the factory tour was unavailable but the very pleasant woman running the small gift shop had a thorough knowledge of the history of the factory and the back-story of the items for sale at the shop. This along with well-placed historical information as well as actual glass molds mixed in with the items for... More 

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ally54, Director of Sales at Gillinder Glass Factory & Museum, responded to this review

Dear CeeBee203, Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review of our factory’s gift store/museum. We are happy to hear that you are enjoying your purchases, particularly the opolo peacock vase, which is one of our favorite blown-ware pieces, no longer in production. We invite you to return for one of our 15 scheduled weekday guided... More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I love, love, love Gillinder's! I have family in the area that I visit and make sure to always stop here when I am in town to take souvenirs home for friends. I've yet to do the tour, but hope to in the future.

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ally54, Director of Sales at Gillinder Glass Factory & Museum, responded to this review

Dear TnKarla, Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review! We are happy to hear that we are one of your stops when you visit your family. We hope you can take the tour the next time you are in town--we would love to have you! Sincerely, Allyson Gillinder, Director-Retail Operations More 

Matamoras, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is a family run business and their members are actually on the floor making ornaments, vases etc. Tours are usually on a Saturday and in small groups.Different out of town artists do their demonstrations and they will answer any questions you may have. The best part is the gift shop where you can find very nice, unusual gifts at... More 

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ally54, Director of Sales at Gillinder Glass Factory & Museum, responded to this review

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to our glass factory and we thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. It appears that you were at one of our special glass blowing events which occur 7 or 8 Saturdays a year featuring our guest glass artists; usually Charlie, the 6th generation current... More 

Reston, VA
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63 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

They have published times for their tours (we'd decided on the 10;15 one) but we showed up a few minutes late. No problem, we were the only ones and they gave us a one-on-one tour. I love factory tours and this was one of the best. Got up close and personal to watch the workers make pressed glass objects. I... More 

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ally54, Director of Sales at Gillinder Glass Factory & Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review! We're glad you enjoyed your tour of our factory last week. Once in a while it does work out that a tour starts a few minutes late; however, our policy is that tours do begin on time in order for our customers to have the best experience possible. We hope you will come back... More 

Middletown, New York
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Although we have lived in the tri-state area for 40 years, we had never taken a tour of the factory. The guides were knowledgeable, and the artisans who take over the factory floor on Saturdays came over to the crowd to show their work and were entertaining. Definitely a worthwhile tour.

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ally54, Director of Sales at Gillinder Glass Factory & Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review of your experience at our glass factory. Our next Special Event will take place on Saturday Dec. 13 when the guest artists return (then they take a hiatus until Feb. 7--watch our website for complete dates). We hope you will visit during the week to watch our production... More 

New Windsor, New York
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39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We had been trying to see the blown glass demo for quite awhile now but schedules didn't always work out, but we finally did in mid Nov & took the grandsons. The craftsmen were amazing watching them turn a lump of molten glass into a beautiful item. The whole process was explained & we were able to watch step by... More 

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ally54, Director of Sales at Gillinder Glass Factory & Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your recent visit to Gillinder Glass. It is always fun when our guest glass artists are in the house! As you noticed, our historic building is 100 years old but as we point out on our tour, our equipment is state of the art (computer controlled furnaces, CNC technology... More 

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