What's Happening

What's Happening

Monday, July 24, 2017
The museum is open today from 9am-8pm
Glassblowing Demos

The Hot Glass Demo is a live, narrated glassblowing demonstration, offered all day, every day. It is included in the cost of admission. Allow 30 minutes per demonstration, the duration of special demos may vary.

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.

Innovation Hot Shop: 9:40am, 10:20am, 11:00am, 11:40am, 1:00pm, 1:40pm, 2:20pm, 3:00pm, 3:40pm, 4:20pm, 5:00pm
Amphitheater Hot Shop: 10:00am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:15pm, 6:00pm
Beyond the Bench
Allow 90 minutes for the tour and demonstration.
Tour the Museum with an expert glassmaker to examine a work in our collection. Then, watch as our Hot Glass team recreates the object in a live demo on the Courtyard Stage.
Admissions Lobby: 1:30pm
Don't Try This at Home
Allow approximately 30 minutes per demonstration.
Our expert gaffers will reveal the versatility of the material through a series of mini-demos at the Courtyard Stage.
Courtyard Hot Shop: 3:30pm
Innovation Center Demos

Here’s one area of the Museum where we actually encourage visitors to break glass! The Glassbreaking Demo explores how glass breaks and why. The demo is included in the cost of admission. Allow 15 minutes per demonstration.

Ever wonder how the glass in your car window breaks different from the windows in your home? Or how bullet-proof glass is made? Demonstrators show how glass can become stronger or weaker depending on how it is heated or cooled – and how this phenomenon affects the way it breaks.

The Glassbreaking Demo takes place in the Windows Gallery of the Innovation Center.

Innovation Center: 9:40am, 11:00am, 11:40am, 12:45pm, 1:40pm, 2:10pm, 3:00pm, 4:20pm, 6:00pm, 7:20pm

The Optical Fiber Demo explains how thin threads of glass can carry enormous amounts of digital information and power our high-speed information age. The demo is included in the cost of admission. Allow 15 minutes per demonstration, the duration of special demos may vary.

Demonstrators show how light can be used for communication, how glass can accurately carry light signals, what glass composition will carry light signals most clearly, and how optical fiber provides us with the massive amounts of bandwidth necessary for today’s world.

Innovation Center: 10:20am, 11:00am, 11:40am, 12:40pm, 1:40pm, 2:10pm, 3:10pm, 3:40pm, 4:10pm, 5:00pm, 6:40pm

Flameworking Demos are live, narrated demonstrations of glassworking at a 5,000 degree Fahrenheit gas- and oxygen-powered torch. Demos take place in the Glass Innovation Center, and are included in the cost of admission. Allow 15 minutes per demonstration, the duration of special demos may vary.

Expert flameworkers demonstrate the glassmaking technique of forming objects from rods and tubes of glass at a torch, and talk you through the process. During the demo, you’ll see the flameworker melt the rods in the flame and then shape the softened glass into any variety of shapes, from glass animals to beads to ornaments, sculptures, and vessels.

Innovation Center: 9:20am, 10:00am, 10:40am, 11:20am, 12:00pm, 1:20pm, 2:20pm, 3:20pm, 4:00pm, 4:40pm, 5:20pm, 5:40pm, 6:20pm, 7:15pm
Guided Tours
Glass Through the Ages
Allow 50 minutes for the tour. Meet in the Admissions Lobby.

Explore 35 centuries of glass.

Admissions Lobby: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm
Mosaic Monday Tour
Allow 60 minutes for the tour. Meet in the Admissions Lobby.

Take a docent-led tour of the special exhibition, Tiffany's Glass Mosaics, and other mosaics in the Museum's collection.

Admissions Lobby: 11:30am
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