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“Fabulous glass displays” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sandwich Glass Museum

Sandwich Glass Museum
129 Main Street, Sandwich, MA 02563
508-888-0251
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Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Sandwich
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The museum details the history of the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company.
Cortland, New York
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“Fabulous glass displays”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2008

If you love glass, this is a must-see. The museum's collection of glass is extensive, beautifully displayed, and well-documented. That said, we were not impressed with the multi-media presentation offered in the auditorium. We were hoping for a concise history of Sandwich Glass. It was not. Instead, it was a story of the era leading up to the opening of the glass factory, told though the perspective of a young boy and other locals; it seemed rather disjointed and rambling. As history buffs that love atmospheric storytelling, we thought this was rather poorly done. We would advise to skip this and head straight for the glass exhibits. Don't miss the two darkened side galleries; they provide interesting narration supported by lighting effects. Please note that glass is NOT manufactured here anymore. There is a glassblowing demonstration but glass production is done at Pairpoint Glass in neighboring Sagamore. (Pairpoint is well worth a visit; you will see glassmaking in action, and it is free.)

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“Great place to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2008

We were pleasantly surprised by the Glass Museum both by its interesting exhibits and by its size. We especially liked the multi-media portions of the museum which are very done. The glass blowing demonstration was also very informative and entertaining. The artist even called up a volunteer during her work to help with pressing some glass, who got to take home the piece made the previous day (which had already cooled).

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“For Glass Lovers Everywhere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2008

As a tour operator and guide, I understand that not everybody likes museums. However, I will tell you all that the Sandwich Glass Museum has done a very good job of introducing its visitors to the world of glass and glass making in a rather painless way. Most people are going to enjoy this place.

Celebrating its fiftieth year, the museum has been completely refurbished and has added a working furnace where glass blowing demonstrations are held throughout the day. The audience participation is great and the performance is a learning experience. Immediately to the right of the glass blowing show is a small theater with an audio visual presentation about the history of Sandwich. The use of holograms that speak to the audience and look like real people is a technological achievement right out of Star Trek. The show is pretty impressive.

The exhibits themselves contain a fortune in Sandwich Glass and range from the most common to the most rare examples produced at the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company. Glass objects are arranged in cases that are often set before windows which provide backlighting - very dramatic and effective. Table settings and a fine exhibit about lighting provide contemporary settings for the glass produced here.

At the time of this review, admission is only $5 for adults and $1.25 for children. The museum is open April 1 - December 31 daily 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Museum will be closed the month of January and will reopen in February. The hours in February and March are Wed.-Sun. 9:30-4:00. Put this museum on your list of places to visit in Sandwich!

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“Do Not Miss!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2006

This Museum is a must see. My husband and I went for the first time seven or eight years ago, and we have been hooked ever since. We became members in 2000 and go several times a year.

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“A pearl of a museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2005

This past weekend my mother(retired teacher), my daughter(5) and myself(designer) had the pleasure of visiting the museum.

The museum visit truly exceeded our expectations. We loved the combination of multimedia, 'live', interactive and passive reflection areas in the museum. The staff was outstanding! Particularly the insightful woman at the front desk who handed my little girl a 'scavenger map' and then gave her marbles. My daughter has been talking this up since we left.

Although each of us found the glass blowing event educational and memorable, my little lady has also demanded that I find her a glassblowing glass so that she can make things like the artist-- at 5! This man was just so confident. And his insights on the visiting artists exhibit made that work even more enjoyable to investigate.

Each of us found something to capture our imagination, even with such differences in our perspectives. Such a tiny pearl of a museum with such big rewards for visitors. It was only $4.50 for adults and my daughter was free.

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