Museum of American Glass

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About The Museum of American Glass

The Museum of American Glass, celebrating the creativity and craftsmanship of American glass, is at the core of WheatonArts. One of only 8 museums in the state of New Jersey to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, it offers over 18,000 square feet of exhibition space, a collection over 20,000 pieces strong, as well as a research library and archives.

The building currently housing the museum opened in December of 1973, representative of the era in which it was made, when bicentennial fever fueled an interest in faux-historical settings. The collection was originally interpreted through a chronological history of the American glass industry, the rooms in the museum designed to display the pieces in period style.

Evolving with the changes in audiences and their interests over the past 40 years, Wheaton Village became WheatonArts, broadening the mission beyond its historical emphasis to focus on engaging artists and audiences in an exploration of creativity. Now a leading resource on the art and history of glass made in America, WheatonArts provides stewardship over one of the most comprehensive collection of American glass in the world. The changes you see in the Museum of American Glass are intended to keep the museum relevant to our community and reflective of the creative atmosphere of WheatonArts as a whole, while continuing our commitment to preserve Southern New Jersey’s glassmaking heritage, and its relationship to the history of glass made in America.

Donation of artifacts

If you have an object that you think would be appropriate in the Museum of American Glass collections, please contact Elizabeth Wilk, Registrar (ewilk@wheatonarts.org, 856-825-6800 x143) to discuss the item. Please do not bring it to the Museum until you have spoken with a museum staff member. See “Collections” for more information.