The Sandwich Glass Museum is part of the Sandwich Historical Society and as such, its mission is broader than glass although glass is a particular emphasis given the history of the glass industry in Sandwich dating back to the 1820s.
The Sandwich Historical Society was founded in 1907 and had its first glass exhibit in 1925. They serve the dual purpose of remembering and interpreting the glass industry in Sandwich while at the same time collecting historical items from Sandwich’s past.
The museum provides a unique look into glassblowing and glassblowing in Sandwich with exhibits such as:
- Glassblowing demonstrations
- Scheduled contemporary glass exhibits
- Their permanent collection of over 5,000 pieces of glass produced by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company between 1825 and 1888
- An exhibit of the chemistry of the color of glass
- The Hannah “Rebecca” Burgess Dining Room (c. 1880) displaying how glass was used in a Victorian dining setting
- A lighting gallery
- A multi-media theatre presentation of what rural New England was like at the time of the industrial revolution in the 18th century.
Hours of Operation
- January: Closed
- February and March: Wednesday to Sunday 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
- April 1 through December 31: Daily 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Address / Contact Information
The Sandwich Glass Museum
129 Main Street
Sandwich, MA 02563