OPEN HOURS

Monday – Saturday:
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sundays:
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Open every day except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s

Admission is FREE!

LOCATION

230 Main Ave.
Weston, West Virginia 26452
Directions

Phone: 304-269-5006

 

The Museum of American Glass in West Virginia

Imagine a museum dedicated to the region and nation’s rich glass heritage. A place where examples of thousands of products can be viewed and compared and where the stories of people and processes come to life! The MAGWV provides this and much, much more.

The Museum of American Glass in West Virginia was established in Weston, West Virginia, in 1993 as a non-profit organization with a goal to discover, publish and preserve whatever may relate to the glass industry in West Virginia, the United States of America or where ever else glass has been manufactured.

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What’s New

Museum Monday Treasures

Bengal Bluing Truncated Cone Saltshaker

Today’s Museum Monday treasure from the Museum of American Glass in WV is a saltshaker, known to collectors as Truncated Cone. As can be seen from the label, this was originally sold as a product container, with a label reading: "BENGAL BLUING / Manufactured by / S....

Peter Hunt’s Round Valentine Platter

Today’s Museum Monday treasure from the Museum of American Glass in WV is Peter Hunt’s round Valentine platter with a textured back and white and yellow screen-printed decoration of a horse inside a scalloped heart. We don’t know who produced this platter, but it is...

Petru Rusu Paperweight

Today’s Museum Monday treasure from the Museum of American Glass in WV is a paperweight made by Petru Rusu in 1988. It has a delicate lavender-white three petaled flower with green stem cased in clear with small air trap bubbles between the petals and in the center....

Indiana Glass Company’s No. 171 Pattern Spooner

Today’s Museum Monday treasure from the Museum of American Glass in WV is the spooner from a four-piece table set in Indiana Glass Company’s No. 171 pattern, known to collectors as Rosette with Pinwheels. We also have the creamer and sugar bowl – the latter is missing...

A new Glass Flakes Press book,

Trendsetters in American Art Glass: A discerning collection of Kimberly Weygandt-Scialdone, featuring pieces from a remarkable collection of American art glass, with hundreds of photographs of Imperial Free Hand and Lead Lustre, Durand, Quezal, Tiffany, Trevaise, Carder Steuben, Fostoria IRIS, and Hobbs Brockunier Peach Blow. To learn more about this volume and two accompanying books that focus in depth on Imperial Free Hand and Imperial Lead Lustre, click here.

curators-choice-podcast

We were featured on the Curator's Choice Podcast

“For the first episode of our mini-series “October in Weston, West Virginia”, we meet with Larry Woods at the Museum of American Glass. We talk about the impressive history of glass; from glass made in ancient Rome and Egypt, to its production from the late 1700s until after the Civil War, and specifically, the more recent history of glass in the small town of Weston. Though none now remain, at one point in time Weston had 5 glass factories, and the region was considered a global center of glassmaking.” -Curator’s Choice Podcast (https://www.curatorschoicepodcast.com/episodes/episode26)

Front Desk

With the generous support of our members, a grant from the WV Cultural Commission on the Arts and other fundraising efforts, the new front desk and work area has been completed. Forty-eight glass bricks made by Blenko Glass Co. and cameo carved by WWV artist Kelsey Murphy as a fund raiser several years ago. The bricks have been on display at the museum but we have never been satisfied that they were given the prominence they deserved. Well, now they’ve been inserted in the front oak desk andback lit to provide a striking display.

Mural

Even with the delays due to the Covid pandemic, WV artist Jessi Corlis completed the mural on the side of the museum, including a coat of specially designed graffiti paint. Lighting was installed with a sensor that lights up the mural once darkness sets in. Finally, security cameras were installed upgrading our existing system to include the mural. The mural was formally dedicated July 11. The Mayor of Weston along with City Council, members, the Chamber of Commerce, staff from the Governor’s office and WV state representative were all in attendance, along with a large number of general public.

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Permanent Exhibits

Lady Jane Stained Glass Doll House

Barbara and Bernie Bischoff

Welcome to the Lady Jane Dollhouse, a thirteen-room stained glass dollhouse, which has a five feet by seven feet footprint. Linda Young of Parrish Florida created this magnificent dollhouse for Barbara and Bernie Bischoff who were living in Chicago Illinois.

Martin Massman Steuben Art Glass Collection

Martin Massman was a Broadway and television producer who had a passion for Steuben art glass. He started with his first piece, a Koala Bear and the collection grew to 213 pieces, the second largest collection of Steuben in the world.

PRODUCTS

Museum eBay Store

MAGWV offers an number of items for sale through from monographs to books, to memberships and donations.

MAGVW is an IRS recognized non-profit organization making certain gifts tax deductible. The museum relies on the generosity of members and supporters to continue programs, maintain and upgrade our facilities and fund daily operation.