The National Museum of Cambridge Glass136 S 9th St
Cambridge, OH 43725-2453
740-432-4245 | http://www.cambridgeglass.org/museum.php
Ohio's History of Glassworks
An impressive collection of elegant glassware awaits visitors at the National Museum of Cambridge Glass.
Located in Guernsey County, Cambridge was at the center of Ohio’s high-quality glass production due to abundant natural resources locally available. Cambridge Glass, founded in 1873, was the leading company in the area and specialized in both blown and pressed glass produced in a variety of colors. Because of its history and quality, Cambridge glass enjoys a special status not only in Ohio, but worldwide.
The National Museum of Cambridge Glass opened at its current location in downtown Cambridge in April 2002. The museum holds an impressive collection of glassware produced by the Cambridge Glass Company from 1902 to 1958. The museum features rooms where antique furniture is matched with specific glassware, a sample room where Cambridge glass can be viewed, and a mock furnace, tools, molds, and other items involved in the manufacturing process of fine glassware. Cambridge Glass was a favorite for entertaining and its elegant designs were favored by discerning homemakers. Several displays feature photographs of a Hollywood movie stars who used Cambridge Glass in their homes.
Notes for Travelers
Plan on spending a a few hours with the Cambridge Glass collection. An introductory film offers an introduction to glass-making processes, after which a knowledgeable docent can guide you through the glittering examples of the company's wares. Group tours are available by appointment; the museum is closed on Easter and July 4th.