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Oglebay Institute Glass Museum

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Address: Wheeling, WV
Phone Number: 800-624-6988
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The museum displays glass items and has a demonstration area for glass...

The museum displays glass items and has a demonstration area for glass blowers, cutters, and decorators.

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A Hidden Gem in Wheeling

If you're visiting Wheelong, including Oglebay Park, definitely check out the museum's stunning glass collection. Unique pieces and great interpretation.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you're visiting Wheelong, including Oglebay Park, definitely check out the museum's stunning glass collection. Unique pieces and great interpretation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

We have been to the glass museum twice and both times we have enjoyed the beauty of the fine pieces of glassware on display. There were new pieces so it was not just a repeat each year. the mini video telling of the history of the areas glass was very interesting. We enjoyed the museum greatly.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Truly enjoyed the extensive historical glass display of local companies. Many unusual pieces. Skill and creativity of the craftsmen amazed me. Unfortunately none of the companies are no longer in the area. Also had a chance to talk with the on site glass blower. Interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

We came with a large group and went on the self guided tour and saw the lovely glass creations made by the various glass factories that were in the local area at one time. All of the displays were beautiful and informative. Then we had a demonstration from a glass blower on how to make glass paperweights. We then went... More 

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Kingman, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

What I did not know about the glass industry in this part of the country was answered here. Absolutely fascinating. Not so much kid friendly for the most part, but the glass blowing demonstration by a knowledgeable artisan at the end was very, very cool - well, actually rather hot as I could feel the heat coming out of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

It was educational and fascinating to learn more about glass blowing. We were able to watch some ornaments being blown that we purchased. We waited a few days for them to cool and they hang on our Christmas tree every year. Worth the drive and time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

The museum was very informative of the different glass making businesses from Wheeling. There were different exhibits from the various companies. All the different styles and colors were amazing to look at. Seeing some of the glassware made me remember my family having some of these pieces. Finally, I was able to watch the Allen's demonstrate their skill in glass... More 

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

They had some of the most beautiful handcrafted glassware that I have ever seen! It is amazing the expertise displayed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

We saw this glass museum advertised and was ify as to whether we should stop or not based on some of the reviews. We are glad we stopped! We enjoyed learning some of the history that glass making played in the Wheeling area as well as seeing the many ornate glass and porcelain items on display. You have a choice... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

I grew in Wheeling and this area is known for its glass making. I believe that this is the only place left in the valley where you can see someone actually blowing glass. You can buy a piece of glass that is being made. It can also be signed. It is amazing to watch. What an artist these people are.... More 

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