The Finnish Glass Museum

The Finnish Glass Museum

The Finnish Glass Museum is a museum with national responsibility focusing on glass design and the history of glass. The museum has operated since 1981 in a renovated glassworks in Riihimäki. The renovation was designed by Tapio Wirkkala.

The Finnish Glass Museum presents the history of glass dating back over 4,000 years and the 300-year history of Finland's glass industry. The collections consist mostly of Finnish household, design and art glass from the 18th-21th centuries.

The exhibits on the ground floor display the early stages of the history of glass and provide basic information on glassmaking techniques, including glassblowing, the mechanical production of glass and decorating techniques.

The upper floor of the building is devoted to the history of the Finnish glass industry and products such as bottles, polished crystal and pressed glass. The history of Finnish glass design is divided into sections on the history of serial manufacture, art glass, and glass art.

Temporary exhibitions are on show in the old glassblowing facilities.

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Birds. Designer: Oiva ToikkaGlass Objects. Designer: Kaj FranckThe museum building
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Birds. Designer: Oiva Toikka
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Glass Objects. Designer: Kaj Franck
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The museum building
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