What's Happening

What's Happening

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The museum is open today from 9am-8pm
Glassblowing Shows

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: 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:15pm, 6:00pm
Courtyard Hot Shop: 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:00pm, 3:45pm
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 5000 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
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Fragile Legacy: The Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka At the turn of the 20th century, Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolf, developed a successful business producing glass models of soft-bodied undersea creatu... Changing Exhibitions Gallery
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