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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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oneonta, new york
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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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142 reviews 142 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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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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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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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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5 reviews 5 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

Magnolia, Texas
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

On a spontaneous vacation to New York, and came across this 100 yr old glass factory. The employees were nice and courteous. Not to much to the tour, but still very interesting.

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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 of Gillinder Glass, and for the compliments about the store staff. We enjoy sharing our rich 152 year history with our visitors who take the 30-45 minute guided tour through our historic 100 year old working factory with its state of the art equipment, during which time you watch actual... More

Westmont, Illinois
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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

8/26/2013 We have seen glass blown and glass things made, but never on a production scale where each piece of glass is hand made by a handful of people using molds. The choreography of the team of workers at each station is amazing. One misstep and the glass item being produced is trash, or potentially, someone can be hurt. The... More

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

We at Gillinder Glass are delighted that you enjoyed your recent tour! We also appreciate that you took the time to write a review on your visit so hopefully others will want to come see what you saw! We hope that you will stop in to visit us again if you are passing through! Allyson Gillinder, Director-Retail Operations, Gillinder Glass... More

Louisville
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Glad to see Gillinder Glass is still in business. Nice gift shop and the tour only costs $5. Can see glass products made. Gift shop sells beautiful glass objects, many made by local artists nothing from China. How refreshing. The people who work there really love the place and it shows in how proud they are of Gillinder Glass. I... More

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

Thank you, Sandra O for taking the time to write a review of Gillinder Glass and for sharing what you experienced when you visited us. We love sharing our history with our customers and what we do today in our 100 year old factory with state of the art equipment, and we're so glad that you enjoyed your visit! We... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Originally a glass product production factory (still does that) Gillinder has opened its facility to local glass artisans. A front shop sells some of their work and shares that space with historical artifacts from the opening days of the factory. Be sure to go on one of their Tour Days, for inside access to the furnaces, cooling racks, and the... More

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

Thank you for visiting us today and for taking the time to write a review! Gillinder Glass is a world leader in manufacturing of industrial and commercial glass; we make over half the airport runway lights in the United States, as well as aircraft, theater, military, pool, landscape, architectural as well as other lenses, all pressed into molds, one at... More

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