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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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Georgeous display of glass

This is a fascinating museum. They have beautiful samples of the glass made here and a history of glass making in Wheeling. It is well worth the trip.

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

This is a fascinating museum. They have beautiful samples of the glass made here and a history of glass making in Wheeling. It is well worth the trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Quite an extensive collection of glass works through the ages. Highlighting some of the surrounding areas historic glass factories. They have some stunning pieces and explain the different glass periods very well. There are two floor and glass demonstrations, but check dates and times.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The information is fascinating and the displays are breathtaking. We had the pleasure and opportunity to watch and speak with Dallas Wilkerson, on of the glass blowing artisans. She was very professional and passionate about her craft.

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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had no idea there was such a history of glass making in Wheeling. They have a first rate display. There was a glass blowing demonstration by a young woman who is a third generation glass blower that was excellent.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

If you're in the area, take a little time to go through this beautiful and historic museum. It shows the many types of glassware that were made in the area and has a beautiful shop for many different types of glassware.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

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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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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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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