Hot Glass Show at the Museum
The Hot Glass Show is a live, narrated glassblowing demonstration, offered all day, every day. It is included in the cost of admission.
You’ll see master glassmakers take glowing gobs of molten glass on the end of a pipe and skillfully shape them into vases, bowls, or sculptures. A narrator talks through the process, and cameras inside the 2300°F furnace ensure you don’t miss a single step along the way. Each show lasts between 20-40 minutes. See today's schedule >
Watching the gaffers (another term for master glassmakers) at the Hot Glass Show will give you a unique appreciation for the skill and artistry behind the objects you’ll encounter in the Museum’s galleries. The glassblowing technique was discovered by the Romans around 50 B.C. and many of the techniques and tools used by glassmakers today have been used for thousands of years.
The demonstrators on the Hot Glass Show are some of the best glassmakers around. They love to share their fascination with this mysterious and mesmerizing material, demonstrate their artistry and answer your questions.