The Sandwich Historical Society and its Glass Museum, collects, preserves and interprets the history of the Town of Sandwich, the oldest town on Cape Cod. A large part of Sandwich history is involved with American glass production. This short presentation is culled from the collection of glass and historic images of the Museum and Historical Society.
Did you know?
Sandwich owes its global reputation as a glass manufacturing town to Deming Jarves, who founded the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company in 1825.
Watch molten glass, drawn from the furnace, blown and pressed into exquisite shapes. Learn why the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company led the world in the manufacture of glass during the early 19th century. The glassblower selects someone from each audience to press an actual piece of glass. The 20 minute demonstration takes place every hour on the hour with plenty of time for questions afterward. Even if you have seen glassblowing before this up close, hands on demonstration is truly enthralling for adults and mesmerizing for children.
Its permanent exhibits and collections of nearly 5,000 pieces of glass combine classic and state-of-the-art technology glass. They include: Color & Chemistry; the Multi-Media Theater which illustrates what life was like in rural New England at the down of the Industrial Revolution and the Levine Lighting Gallery.
Special exhibits are scheduled throughout the year.
Summer hours:The museum is open daily April 1 - December 30 - 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. In order to see everything the Museum has to offer we recommend that you plan to be here no later than 3:30 p.m.
Holidays: The Museum is closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.
Admissions:$9.00 for adults, $2.00 for kids 6-14, free for 6 and under, group rates available please see bus tours.