Museum display of Phoenix Glass, Phillipsburg, PA 1883-1893.
Museum display of Phoenix Glass, Phillipsburg, PA 1883-1893.

Museum of Glass and Marbles

Field review by the editors.

Weston, West Virginia

Two museums in one, and both are free. More than 18,000 pieces of glass on display (not counting the marbles) in a museum that covers half a city block. Decorative glass lamps, goblets, paperweights, decanters, tableware, jars, bookends, candy dishes, freaky glass art from the 1970s, as well as functional glass such as telegraph insulators and lightning rod balls. West Virginia was once home to he world's largest bottle and window factories. The industry got its start supplying settlers whose glassware was routinely destroyed crossing the Appalachian mountains.

Marvel at the glass bust of M.J. Owens, inventor of the automatic bottle making machine. See a hammer made of glass, and a Roman glass marble from the first century AD. Play the musical glass goblets!

Museum of Glass and Marbles

Museum of American Glass in West Virginia and National Marble Museum

Address:
230 Main Ave., Weston, WV
Directions:
Museum of American Glass in West Virginia and National Marble Museum. Downtown. On the left (west) side of N. Main St. between 3rd and 2nd Sts.
Hours:
M-Sa 9:30-5, Su 1-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
304-269-5006
Admission:
Free
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