What's Happening

What's Happening

Friday, August 1, 2014
The museum is open today from 9am-8pm
Glassblowing Shows
allow 30 minutes per show

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.

Innovation Stage: 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 11:40am, 12:10pm, 1:15pm, 1:45pm, 2:15pm, 2:45pm, 3:15pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm
Courtyard Stage: 11:15am, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:45pm
Innovation Center Demos
allow 15 minutes per show

Flameworking Demos are live, narrated demonstrations of glassworking at a 5000 degree Fahrenheit gas- andoxygen-powered torch. Shows take place in the Glass Innovation Center, and are included in the cost of admission.

Expert flameworkers demonstrate the glassmaking technique of forming objects from rods and tubes of glass at a torch, and talks you through the process. During the show, 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
allow 15 minutes per show

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. 

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, 12:20pm, 1:20pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:20pm, 6:00pm
allow 15 minutes per show

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.

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, 11:40am, 12:40pm, 1:40pm, 2:40pm, 3:40pm, 5:00pm
Guided Tours
Hidden Treasures Tour
allow 60 minutes per tour

Explore the Museum through one-hour, family-friendly tours.

Admissions Lobby: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm
Curator's Choice Tour
allow 45 minutes per tour

This tour features highlights of the collection as told by the Museum curators.

Admissions Lobby: 1:30pm
Events (1)
Blue Star Museums Program The Museum is once again participating in the Blue Star Museums program, offering free Museum admission to all active military and their families through L... Museum-wide
Exhibitions (3)
Designing for a New Century: Works on Paper by Lalique and his Contemporaries In the late 19th century and early 20th century, René Lalique’s jewelry, and then his beautifully designed glass objects and vessels, made him an influential... Rakow Research Library
Never in Your Wildest Dreams: Connections Through Imagination Junior Curators are local teens who learn the inner workings of a museum and then use what they've learned to curate an exhibtion. They study both glass and how... The Studio
René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass This major exhibition will bring together glass, jewelry, production molds, and design drawings by René Lalique (French, 1860─1945), dating from about 1893 t... Changing Exhibitions Gallery