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Gillinder Glass Factory & Museum

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Address: 39 Erie Street, Port Jervis, NY 12771
Phone Number: +1 845-856-5375
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Visitors can take a guided tour of our historic, yet state-of-the-art...

Visitors can take a guided tour of our historic, yet state-of-the-art working glass factory and watch actual production of pressed glass during the week. During Special Events throughout the year, our guest glass artists demonstrate the timeless art of glass blowing.

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After working in the Catskills during the summer for several years, I finally stopped by with some coworkers for the first time last year. We took the factory tour at that time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 23, 2015
Vicki R
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Woodridge, New York, United States
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Woodridge, New York, United States
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62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

After working in the Catskills during the summer for several years, I finally stopped by with some coworkers for the first time last year. We took the factory tour at that time and were immediately impressed over the precision of each team for creating various commercial glass products. This year, my boss and I returned for one of several artisan... More 

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

Thank you, Vicki R for taking the time to write such a nice review about your experience! It is always so rewarding to hear that our friends and customers appreciate what we do; I will share your kind words with our staff! So happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit and your purchases and we look forward to seeing... More 

Port Jervis, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

What an amazing gem we have in Port Jervis. It was a first time tour for my mother and me. It was very interesting and informative. The Gillinder family is outstanding!!

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

Thank you, Soph_C_R for taking the time to write such a nice review about your visit and experience at Gillinder Glass! We are very pleased that you and your mom came for a tour, and we hope you will return soon! Sincerely, Allyson Gillinder, Director-Retail Operations. More 

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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

One of the oldest glass factories in America. If you want a tour or purchase fine hand made glass products this is the place to go. There is a Gift Shop full of surprises for the holidays or any occasion.

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

Pjny2, thank you so much for taking the time to write a wonderful 5 star review and for bringing your family to see our guest artists doing what they love to do! We invite you to come back to see our Monday-Friday production tour of our hand-pressed technical (runway, aircraft, pool, theater, military, architectural & more) glass lenses. Thank you... More 

Loveland, Ohio
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52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Although we lived in the Hudson Valley for years, it wasn't until we returned to visit family that went on a tour to Gillinder Glass Factory. What an interesting place! Tours are $4-$5, but best to call for times available. My husband and I were the only people on the tour. It started with a brief history of Gillinder Glass,... More 

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

Dear TravelLovrs, We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit to our factory and gift store and we appreciate the time you took to write such a nice review! While we don’t recommend the tour for very young children (because of the working factory environment, as you mentioned), we do host tours for school groups, scouts, 4-H... More 

Cranbury, New Jersey
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

Very interesting tour of old time style glass factory. Products include many commercial lighting glass fixtures such as pool light covers, runway light covers, and outside lighting covers. Worth visiting if in the area. Not much else in port jervis.

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

Dear Robert B, Thank you for writing such a nice review about your visit to our glass factory and for your recommendation. We hope you will have the opportunity to return when our guest glass artists visit. Be sure to check our website for those special dates. Sincerely, Allyson Gillinder, Director-Retail Operations. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

Went for the special guest artists event, as soon as you arrive you are greeted and welcomed by the employees of Gillinder's Glass Factory gift shop, the tour was informative and entertaining. The glass blowing was very interesting and I could have spent all day watching it.

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

Thank you, Tina, for the great review of the Gillinder Glass Factory special glass blowing demos with our guest artists! Be sure to check out our Monday-Friday production tours of pressed glass into molds--a very different process, but very interesting just the same! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the experience! Sincerely, Allyson Gillinder, Director-Retail Operations More 

Bloomingburg
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44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

This factory/ museum is a hidden treasure,. At certain times of the year you can schedule to make your own blown glass ornament. During the year you can call and arrange a tour of the factory and see how the glass is made step by step. They also have a lovely gift store.

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

Dear Michele M, Thank you for the nice review, but I’m not sure where you got the information that you can make your own blown glass ornament----we do not offer this at our factory nor have we ever offered it. Our Monday-Friday guided factory tours (strictly observation, not participation) are open to the public at 10:15, 12:30, 1:30---no need to... More 

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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

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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51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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 

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