The Ohio Glass Museum was incorporated in 2002, and major construction began in 2004. The Museum was established to reflect the importance of the glassmaking industry in the history of Lancaster and Fairfield County. Fairfield County has been home to numerous glass companies over the years. Abundant supplies of natural gas and sandstone in the area made it a logical choice for the establishment of the glass making industry. In 2003, the Ohio legislature designated Lancaster as the “Pressed Glass Capital of Ohio.
Under the direction of our Art Director and our other volunteers, we continue to provide our patrons with interesting displays of glassware from collectors in the local, surrounding areas, and sometimes out-of-state. These collections have included some of the most well-known producers of glass throughout the country: many of which are no longer in production.
The museum offers rental space for meetings and special events. Group tours can be arranged during regular museum hours or by appointment. Additional information is available by calling 740.687.0101 or contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Ohio Glass Museum, we are accepting volunteers who have an interest in helping. Your skills will be put to use answering phones, computer work, identifying glass, as a trained docent, taking care of our social media presence. We have something for everyone. Call 740 687-0101 or e-mail the Ohio Glass Museum for more details.
Our docents provide visitors with a tour that tells the history of early glass making processes right up to present day manufacturing techniques. Our movie “Born of Fire” tells the story of glass produced in Lancaster and Fairfield County.
In 2010 we established a “Glass Studio” where we can demonstrate and educate the public in the art of glass making. Our glass blower provides demonstrations during regular museum hours, and also holds classes for those who are interested in getting a hands-on approach to making special works of art.
The Museum's Gift Shop, opened in 2005, offers artistic creations provided by the museum’s glass blowers and other local glass artists. We also offer locally manufactured glassware items for the home.