National Glass Museum - Wellington, Kansas
The National Depression Glass Association opened their National Glass Museum in Wellington, Kansas in 2012. Prior to that time, the glass collection was mostly in storage at multiple locations with portions occasionally on display. The front facade of that building collapsed on July 27, 2019, but the museum moved into the new, larger facility (shown above) on December 7, 2019. The interior photos on this page are of the old building.
The NDGA was founded in 1974 and is dedicated to preserving America's glass manufacturing heritage. The museum's collection contains over 18,000 pieces dating from the 1800s through the 1970s and it fills the 2900 sq. ft building, with some materials have stored off site. The collection is unusual, in that it represents the work from all American glass makers of the time period, rather than focusing on one manufacturer.
Although the museum is open only 3 days a week and from March through December, the association will open it for tours at other times by appointment. At the conclusion of your tour of the National Glass Museum, they will invite you to select a glass piece to take with you as the National Depression Glass Association's gift.
There is also a gift shop with glassware for sale.
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