Dedicated to the memory of Imperial, its employees and the beautiful glassware they created, the Museum offers an excellent opportunity to learn about Imperial and view extensive displays of Imperial glassware.

For eighty years Imperial produced a diverse array of hand-crafted glass items. At the onset, production ranged from utilitarian glassware to electric and gas lampshades. Then over the next twenty years the company transitioned to making pressed patterns, Iridescent Ware (early Carnival), Free Hand and Lead Lustre. Depression & Elegant patterns, beverage ware, Cathay and Milk Glass would follow from the 1930's to 1950's. Slag Glass, reissued Carnival, Collectors Crystal, Peachblow, and numerous gift-type glassware would be made before the company would close its doors in 1984.

 Two of Imperial's best known designs originated in the 1930's. The first was Cape Cod in 1931, followed by Candlewick in 1936. These two pattern lines proved to be exceedingly popular with buyers for nearly fifty years. In fact, Candlewick became one of the company's biggest success stories. Today Candlewick is the line most people readily equate with the Imperial Glass Corporation. On display at the Museum are many fine examples of Imperial glassware created from 1904 to 1984.

Your self-guided tour offers an overview of how Imperial's productions mirror the trends of the American Hand Made Glassware industry as the interests of the consumer changed throughout the 20th Century.

Hours: April 1 - October 31
Thur. - Sat. 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Admission: $3.00 per person
Present your NIGCS Membership Card to gain free admission.

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