Wheaton Wide Open

The image shows a banner that reads "Wheaton Wide Open" in large white text in the upper right corner. A long horizontal red rectangle sits underneath with white text inside that reads "FREE Admission All August Long". A burning brick heating chamber is pictured behind the text with seventeen glass blowing poles sticking outside of the opening.

Wheaton Wide Open

Enjoy FREE Admission for the entire month of August 2023

Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Make your summer more than “just beach” and pool time. On your way to or from the shore, on those quiet rainy days, and when you need a boost of inspiration, it’s free to visit WheatonArts in August!

For over five decades, WheatonArts has brought imagination & artistic processes together for a mesmerizing arts experience for all ages. Wheaton Wide Open, made possible in part by PNC Arts Alive, is an initiative that helps make our exhibitions and the creative process accessible to all. We welcome everyone to visit during August at no charge! Visitors simply need to give their zip code at the front gate to enter.

Two glass artists are in the process of creating a glass piece in the studio. On the left, one artist is holding what looks like to be a lank of wood up to the piece while the other artist on the right is holding the rod the piece is attatched to and a glass handle. The piece is a deep blue, almost purple, vase with gold handle. In the background are several people observing the process.
Artist in yellow shirt and grey hat shaping the lid of a ceramic pot out of clay. in the center of the imgage. In the foreground background are an array of ceramic pots

Explore, Experience, Create
Located within an hour from Atlantic City, Cape May, Wilmington, and Philadelphia, WheatonArts is a charming 45-acre wooded campus dedicated to engaging artists & audiences in an evolving exploration of creativity.

Explore exhibitions in the renowned Museum of American Glass at the heart of the campus, housing one of the most comprehensive collections of glass produced in America and the world’s largest hand-blown glass bottle! Discover unique exhibitions celebrating the region’s cultural diversity within the Down Jersey Folklife Center.

Interact with resident artists in the Glass, Pottery, and Flamework Studios as they skillfully demonstrate the transformation of clay & molten glass into beautiful objects. Learn how to shape hot glass, cut & arrange cold glass, or sculpt wet clay by signing up for a Make-Your-Own Experience!

Shop the award-winning Museum Stores for traditional & contemporary crafts in all mediums. Enjoy scenic picnic areas, and walk the mile-looping Nature Trail with a scavenger hunt for native species & structures.

Image of the banner for Wheaton Wednesdays. "Wheaton Wednesdays" is displayed, in large white text, over a multicolored patterned background. The date, "Open Late! August 16", is also displayed towards the bottom of the banner, in large white text.

Free Special Opening Event: WHEATON WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, August 16, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Experience creative activities designed for the entire family open late with FREE admission, part of Family Days presented by PNC Arts Alive! Engage with a glass mask design contest, collaborative glassmaking demonstrations, special exhibit tours in the Museum of American Glass and Folklife Center, the continuation of our Community Mural Squares art project, free family art activities, and more! 

Red fire truck on the WheatonArts grounds for the annual fire muster event. A man in a blue shirt is driving the vehicle. Another man in a blue shirt is observing the festivities from the back of the truck. To the right of the truck is a family with kids sitting at a picnic table, watching the truck go by.

Free Special Event: FIRE MUSTER
Sunday, August 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – The 42nd annual Fire Muster event features 80+ antique fire trunks on display throughout the grounds. Highlights include fire hose demonstrations, a Firematic Flea Market, apparatus judging & awards presentation, and the dramatic exit of the fire trucks’ driving off the grounds. Presented by the Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade.


Thank you to our incredible Members for supporting WheatonArts throughout the year! During Wheaton Wide Open this August, Members receive an increased discount of 15% OFF in the Museum Stores. (All Patron and Collectors Circle Members discount increases to 25% OFF). For every Museum Store purchase you make this month, we will add your name to a grand prize drawing of a WheatonArts Glass Pumpkin and a $50 WheatonArts Gift Card for Members Only!

Two visitors are viewing an exhibit in the Museum of American Glass. On the right side of the image is a glass case containing glass art such as small multicolored vases and a large vase covered with pictures of clouds. To the left of this case is a case on the back wall that the visitors are looking at. There are many glass pieces of contemporary coloring and shapes.

Wheaton Wide Open is made possible in part thanks to grant funding provided by PNC Arts Alive!
WheatonArts hopes to expand the arts to new audiences by offering free admission in August, making exhibitions and the creative process more accessible for all.

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