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“Beautiful glass!”

Ranked #4 of 50 things to do in Wheeling
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Owner description: The museum displays glass items and has a demonstration area for glass blowers, cutters, and decorators.
New Philadelphia, Ohio
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181 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Beautiful glass!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2012

What a beautiful collection of glass products! It's a neat experience to visit.

2 Thank 456CGL
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Sagamore Hills, Ohio
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“A Journey into History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2012

We vacationed at Oglebay for many years before I visited the Glass Museum. I was sorry I had not done so sooner. This exhibit offers a glimpse of a time now faded, an era when glassblowers from the area crafted their works. There is a great amount of information here, probably more suitable for the mature audience.

Visited January 2012
4 Thank Remark72
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Beautiful glassware treasures”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2011

If your tastes are modern or traditional, you will find lovely glass works to admire.

5 Thank andyhg
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Cleveland, Ohio
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235 attraction reviews
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“Glittering Glass - A Sparkling Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2011

This is part of Oglebay Park, but requires a separate admission (similar to the Mansion). It is located underneath the glass gift shop and to enter you must walk through the gift shop to the back stairs / elevator. It is not costly, e.g., it is inlcuded as part of the $10 admission to the Mansion.

The glass museum is not large, but it is very impressive. The majority of the museum is geared to adults, but children will enjoy the glass blowing demonstration. The museum is beautiful and breath-taking, but needs more labeling and explanation of what you are seeing.

There is one short video that explains a large glass "punch bowl" -- this is supposedly the largest piece of cut lead crystal ever made, "The Sweeney Punch Bowl. Five feet tall and weighing 225 pounds, this crystal treasure is world famous - a remarkable masterpiece of Victorian glassl" There were actually three of them made, but the other two have disappered from existence.. Although they were called punch bowls, they were never used to hold liquids, but could have held upto 16 gallons!

The Glass Museum focuses on glass made in the Wheeling area, from 1820's to about 1940 -- over a decade. During that time, Wheeling was the leading producer of glass in the world. Unfortunately, today there are no glassmakers left in Wheeling, but there is one company that still makes the molds for glassmaking here. The museum tells the story of the mold maker.

The displays of glass are breathtaking; I particularly enjoyed seeing all the Northwood carvival glass. Incredibly beautiful this is a museum that we delight you visually.

The gift shop is pricey, but also features a lot of beautiful glass works. I purchased a small, beautiful red glass shoe / slipper made in WV for $13.95. There were many other beautiful glass items that I feel in love with.

Visited December 2011
8 Thank CynthiafromOhio2011
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Columbus, OH
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2010

I don't have any particular interest in glassware but foundmy visit to this museum worthwhile. It isn't just about looking at glassware but includes interesting information about Wheeling history. It would be boring for children under 12 although they would love the glass blowing demonstration. This is an inexpensive museum and I thought it was well worth the time and money I invested. It was a little difficult to figure out how to enter the museum - its entry is at the back of the glass shop that occupies the first floor. When you enter the shop, walk to the back right corner of the shop and you'll find the entrance to the museum which is down one floor.

5 Thank GPM-Ohio
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