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Gillinder Glass Factory & Museum

Address: 39 Erie Street, Port Jervis, NY 12771
Phone Number: 845-856-5375
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Type: Factory Tours, Museums
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Owner description: 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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Middletown, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

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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New Windsor, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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

Towaco nj
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

A trip to a glass museum was never so interesting. I went on a girls only trip on a Saturday. This weekend had guest artisans blow glass making beautiful creations. The guest artisans are for a few Saturday's in Nov and December . we were lucky to be there on the Sat in October for their demonstrations. Check the web... 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 such a nice review of Gillinder Glass! We are pleased to know that you enjoyed your factory tour and visit with our guest artists on Saturday. We have been making glass since 1861, but don’t be fooled by our historic factory----our state of the art equipment includes computer-controlled furnaces! We hope you... More

Middletown, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Last Thursday, our local retired teachers' group took a tour of the Gillinder Glass Company in Port Jervis, NY. To say we were pleasantly surprised by both its importance (they make the glass for the runway lights that guide pilots to a safe landing as well as specialized glass for military vehicles) and its diversity (visit their gift shop --... More

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

Dear Maureen C, Thank you for sharing your experience at Gillinder Glass and for taking the time to write such a nice review on Trip Advisor! It was a pleasure to have your group tour our factory and we are so pleased to hear that the retired teachers enjoyed their visit. I will share your kind words with the staff.... More

Barryville New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This family owned factory is a step back in time. The building like the forges and equipment are original masterpieces of the 'good ole days'. To see how glass was (and still is at Gillinder's) blown brings you back to the time of the Industrial Revolution in America. The people on the tour and the factory were great. What's really... More

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

Dear GreaseMonkey1499, Thank you for sharing your experience at Gillinder Glass; we appreciate your taking the time to write a review! We are pleased that you enjoyed watching our guest glass artists last fall; it is always very special when they visit! We hope that you will return for a tour during the week when the factory is in production... More

Jekyll Island, Georgia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
13 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I was in the area visiting friends. They had the grandchildren, 8 and 11, for the weekend. They told me that we were going to a glass museum in Port Jarvis. They had been therefore and had enjoyed it. The building is an old industrial building. You go in normal service entry type of door, not a big shiney sliding... 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 and your family enjoyed your tour! Our tour guides, who are very knowledgeable about glass as well as our production, wear many hats, as you mentioned! Our historic building may be 100 years old (the business itself is 153... More

Commack, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Recent visit to this attraction was not what was expected. Visited this location with family. Teens were bored, so would not recommend this place for families with teens. Gift shop had some nice items but was somewhat pricey (glass angel ~ $30). Tour guide may have been having an "off" day as she seemed cranky. Someone should tell these folks... 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 share your thoughts. I am sorry that your tour was not what you expected. Gillinder Glass is a working glass factory. The equipment it takes to make glass is noisy, and in the summer it is hot as the furnaces run around 2500 degrees--I am sure you saw the many furnaces that we... More

SUMMERVILLE
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I am 69. My family is originally from the Port Jervis and Matamoras area. My grandmother & grandfather lived just across the Delaware River from the Gillinder factory (in Matamoras, PA.) When I was a child my parents would send me to spend my summer vacations with my grandma and grandpa. Grandpa worked at Gillinders (back in the 50s) and... More

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

Dear Jacqueline S, Thank you for sharing your fond childhood memories of Gillinder Glass! We love hearing stories like yours and appreciate the time you took to let everybody know! Enjoy that special peacock vase! Please stop in and see us again on your next visit--It would be fun to talk to you about your grandfather who worked at the... More

Goshen, New York
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199 reviews 199 reviews
33 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Lovely little guided tour of a very fascinating glass making factory. The tour is $5-pp and $4-pp over 55. The factory - business in 151 yrs old and they now solely make lenses etc for commercial use, however they do bring in artisan glass blowers who make some lovely items which can be purchased in their gift shop. You can... More

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

Thank you, Ellesor826 for visiting Gillinder Glass Store and taking the time to write a review of your experience! In addition to commercial and industrial pressed glass for airports, military, landscape, theatrical & architectural applications, our 153 year old company continues to make a line of giftware sold exclusively in our gift store--sun catchers, coasters, 2-piece flower pots, Buddhas, Doggies,... More

Powder Springs, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Wish they had more hand-blown glass. The gift shop was filled with unusual pieces. The staff was very nice and helpful.

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

Thank you, Harold M for visiting us and taking the time to write a review about Gillinder Glass. I will pass along your kind words about the staff to them. While we no longer blow glass in production (it’s pressed glass into molds), we have guest artists who visit 8 times a year. The blown glass items along the entire... More

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