Glass is odd stuff. It’s not a liquid, it’s not a gas, and it’s not really a solid. Technically it’s classified as a rigid liquid. Add heat and it returns it to a workable liquid, and to the fun stuff twisting and turning at the end of the glass blowers pipe.
At Sandwich Glass Museum, you’ll learn why the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company once led the world in the manufacture of glass as you explore the history of the company through a labyrinth of dioramas and galleries.
In the demonstration room, you could be the lucky one picked to press a piece of glass with the help of a master glassblower during a 20 minute glassblowing show. In the Levine Gallery of Lighting you’ll enter a darkened room where 50 lights illuminate one by one: from candles to whale oil burners to a replica of Edison’s first electric light, and you’ll be reminded just how crucial glass is to the modern world.
The Color and Chemistry room is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to James Lloyd, the factory chemist who spent hours upon hours mixing minerals to come up with unique colors for the many glass vases, tableware, lamps, and pitchers sold during the factory’s heyday. As you walk through, cabinets suddenly pop open to reveal secret mixtures, and handkerchiefs move on a table as a recorded voice complains about uranium dust in one of the concoctions.
Make a point to visit the multi-media theater where holographic characters from the Industrial Revolution bring history to life with an accompanying video. If nothing else, definitely check out the Center Gallery where The Glass Galaxies of Josh Simpson will blow your mind.
The museum hosts a series of walking tours through the historic village of Sandwich (established in 1637, it’s the oldest town on Cape Cod), highlighting the homes and doings of famous and infamous residents.
Just minutes away, the Daniel Webster Inn serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a 300 year old colonial building which, for a time, was a parsonage. The restaurant and accompanying Inn and Spa continue to win local and national awards.
- April 1 through December 31: daily from 9:30am to 5pm
- February and March: Wednesday through Sunday: 9:30am to 4pm
- Adults: $5, kids 6-14: $1.25
- From Boston: Route 6, take exit 2 and head north (left off of the exit ramp) until you enter Sandwich Village. Bear left after Main Street turn. Museum is on the right opposite Old Town Hall.
- Location: 129 Main Street, Sandwich, MA (across the street from the Sandwich Town Hall)
- Phone: 508-888-0251
- Website: www.sandwichglassmuseum.org