The Museum's Glass Collection showcases more than 35 centuries of glass artistry, tracing the history of life-changing discoveries in glass and the inventors who made these discoveries possible.
The collection includes both decorative and utilitarian items, including a glass portrait of an Egyptian pharoah, examples of fine Renaissance Venetian glass, and works by today's contemporary artists. The galleries explore Near Eastern, Asian, European, and American glass, and contain objects representing every country and historical period in which glassmaking has been practiced.
Rarely seen objects from the Library's collection
Population change represented by blown glass forms hovering above a map of the world
170 objects illustrate the immense variety of techniques and varied aesthetics of the time