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Gillinder Glass Factory & Museum

39 Erie Street, Port Jervis, NY 12771
845-856-5375
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Type: Factory Tours
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... more » 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. « less
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Commack, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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189 reviews 189 reviews
29 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 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

oneonta, new york
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We have been to other glass blowing work and to glass -making factories but this was unique. A hundred year old tradition of making glass is being used to make very important modern necessities. Airport runway lights must be precise and glass to cover underwater lights must be perfect to protect swimmers. The work is observed on the tour as... 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 tour of our glass factory! We are so pleased that you enjoyed learning about glassmaking and our 153 year old history (101 years of it right in Port Jervis, NY!). We also appreciate your taking the time to write such a nice review of your visit! Please come back and see... More

North Carolina
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151 reviews 151 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Fantastic historic glass manufacturing facility passed doown through the generations to my childhood friend and her brother. Wonderful gift shop, unique handmade glass items, you will not be disappointed, a must see in Port Jervis, NY!

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

Thank you, Georgia2Maine, for visiting Gillinder Glass Store and taking the time to write such a wonderful review about your experience; we appreciate your kind words! Charlie, 6th generation Gillinder whose great, great, great grandfather founded the company in 1861, is the sole owner and proprietor of Gillinder Glass, and is proud to carry on the traditions of his forefathers!... More

Westtown, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

The gift shop was filled with beautiful glass objects and my older children enjoyed the makings of glass airport runway lights the day we were there. The factory had so much history behind it and it made my children realize even the smallest things ,like runway lights, are still a production to make. Short tour but still informative. We will... More

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

Thank you, Jennifer W. for visitng Gillinder Glass and taking the time to write a review of your visit. We are happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed your 45 minutes tour of our factory as well as our 153 year old history, and our production of pressed glass into molds! We hope you will return to see... More

new york
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

If you visit Port Jervis this is a nice little step back in time. One of the few original glass blowing companies left. They have a nice little gift shop.

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

Thank you, Tuffone, for taking the time to review Gillinder Glass factory and gift store, which is host to our factory tours. We appreciate your recommendation! Gillinder Glass is a leading manufacturer of industrial and commercial pressed (not blown) glass. During the week you can watch our production glass pressed into molds. Although our factory is housed in a 100... More

Hewlett, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

We arrived after the last tour of the day but they were very accommodating and gave us our own private tour. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. We saw them make lenses and runway lights and learned about their 150 year history. Nice gift shop and friendly staff.

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

It was our pleasure to take you on our factory tour and show you what we are all about; we're glad that you enjoyed the experience! I will share your kind words with the staff! Please feel free to post the photos that you took on our facebook page! Thank you for taking the time to write a review about... More

Port Jervis, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

I've never taken the tour, but the store is very nice!!! It's amazing what can be done with glass... Everyone needs to go, if your in the area

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

Thank you for taking the time to review our gift shop! We appreciate the kind words! Please stop back and take a factory tour, either during the week to see our production glass (pressed into molds) or during one of our special Saturdays when the guest glass artists are blowing glass! Allyson Gillinder, Director-Retail Operations More

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