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Museums and galleries with Glass Collections

There are many museums and galleries with wonderful glass objects in their collections. The following list includes only those that are open to the public and either specialise in glass or have significant glass collections. All information is provided in good faith. It is recommended that you contact the relevant museum or gallery before making a special journey to ensure the glass you wish to see is on show and to check information such as opening times and admission charges.

To discover more museums and galleries with glass or decorative arts collections, visit Culture 24 Online, the UK gateway to museums, galleries and heritage attractions, on

If you know of any glass collections that do not appear on this list, please forward the name and contact details to the Glass Museum for consideration.


Ashmolean Museum

Antiquities collection and Western Art collection

Address: Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH

Telephone: 01865 278000


British Museum

Extensive collection of glass from all periods

Address: Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

Telephone:020 7323 8000    Email:


Fitzwilliam Museum

Large glass collection, especially pre-Medieval and 18th century

Address: Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RB

Telephone: 01223 332900  Email: 


The Glass Art Gallery

Contemporary gallery with glass for sale and hot glass studio run by Peter Layton

Address: 7 The Leather Market, Weston Street, London, SE1 3ER

Telephone:02074032800   Email: 


Haworth Art Gallery

Best collection of Tiffany glass in Europe

Address: Haworth Park, Manchester Road, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 2JS

Telephone: 01254 233782


Laing Art Gallery

Historic glass including a fine collection of Beilby enamelled glass

Address:  New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AG

Telephone: 0191 232 7734


Manchester Art Gallery

Large collection of 18th century English drinking glasses

Address: Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL

Telephone: 0161 235 8888


National Glass Centre

Temporary exhibitions of contemporary and historic glass, permanent display on properties of glass, plus the University of Sunderland's glass department and glass blowing demonstrations.

Address: Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 OGL

Telephone: 0191 515 5555


New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Decorative arts collection including glass from all periods, including glass by Maurice Marinot and contemporary studio glass

Address: 53 New Walk, Leicester, LE1 7EA

Telephone: 0116 225 4900


Shipley Art Gallery

Decorative arts collection including historic, pressed and contemporary glass, plus craft exhibitions

Address: Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 4JB

Telephone: 0191 477 1495


The Stained Glass Museum

British stained glass

Address: The South Triforium, Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4DL

Telephone: 01353 660347  Email: 


Studio Glass Gallery @ Thomas Goode

Contemporary gallery specialising in British, Czech and Slovak glass art

Address: 19 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 2BN

Telephone 0207 7499 2823  Email:


The Turner Museum of Glass

19th and 20th century glass from Europe and America, plus Helen Munro Turner's fiberglass wedding dress

Address: University of Sheffield, Department of Engineering Materials, Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 4DU


Victoria and Albert Museum

The National Museum of Art and Design, permanent exhibitions include glass galleries featuring electronic labels

Address: Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2RL

Telephone: 0870 442 0808 or 0207 942 2000


Victoria Art Gallery

Large collection of 18th century drinking glasses

Address: Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street, Bath, Somerset BA2 4AT

Telephone: 01225 477233


The World of Glass

Museum and visitor centre including temporary exhibitions and glassblowing demonstrations

Address: Chalon Way East, St Helens, Merseyside WA10 1BX

Telephone: 01744 22766   Email:


Yelverton Paperweight Centre

Permanent display of the Broughton Collection of paperweights, plus gift shop and art gallery

Address: Leg O' Mutton, Yelverton, Devon PL20 6AD

Telephone: 01822 854250

Zest Gallery

Address: Roxby Place, London, SW6 1RS

Telephone: 020 7610 1900



The Burrell Collection

Comprehensive collection of Western European tableware

Address: Pollock Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT

Telephone: 0141 287 2550    Email: 

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Large collection, especially Roman and pre-Roman, 18th century and glass from Cyprus

Address: Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG

Telephone: 0141 276 9599

Royal Museum and National Museum of Scotland

Extensive collection from pre-Roman to 21st century

Address: Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF

Telephone: 0131 225 7534


Northern Ireland

Ulster Museum

Good collection of Irish glass. Please note this museum is currently closed for major redevelopment

Address: Botanic Gardens, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT9 5AB

Telephone: 0845 6080000


Glass collections overseas

The following is just a small selection of museums in other countries that specialise in glass. The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass has an extensive list of North American museums with glass collections and a further international list of glass museums on their website,

The Barcelona Glass Centre

Library-documentation centre, school of art and gallery

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Corning Museum of Glass

Home to the world's most comprehensive collection of glass

Address: 1 Museum Way, Corning, NY 14830, USA


Deutsches Glasmalerei-museum

German Stained Glass Museum

Location: Linnich, Germany


Glasmuseum Passau

Location: Passau, Germany


Glasmuseet Ebeltoft

The museum for international contemporary glass in Denmark

Location: Ebeltoft, Denmark


Glass Art Museum

Museum and gallery

Location: Giza, Cairo, Egypt


Glass Museum

A virtual 'museum' with lists of articles and a message board

Location: New Zealand



Address: Doesterring Weg 34, 8315 PV Luttelgeest

Museum of Arts and Crafts

Croatian Biedermeier glass

Location: Croatia


Museum of Glass

International Centre for Contemporary Art

Location: Tacoma, USA