Glass and glassmaking have been important in American history since the arrival of the first British colonists. The settlers who landed in Jamestown, Virginia, built a glasshouse in 1607 in order to make a profit for the colony. Thus, glassmaking has a long tradition in both the United States and Canada through their joint English heritage.
The glass collections shown in American and Canadian museum s cover the entire range of glassmaking history. This directory identifies 232 museums to make collectors, scholars, dealers, and museum visitors aware of large, small, and specialized glass collections. Listings are arranged alphabetically by city.