The Tiffin Glass Museum honors the heritage established by the men and women of Tiffin’s “Glass House.” Through preservation and education, the Museum safeguards glassware made by the artisans from the factory’s nearly hundred-year history. Museum preservation work includes acquiring memorabilia and historical documents from the factory’s beginning in 1889 until its closing in 1984.
Among the items shown at the Museum are popular lines, stemware, lamps, optics, and colors used throughout the factory’s productive years.
An exciting new era in the preservation of Tiffin Glass was begun on November 6, 1998 with the opening of the Tiffin Glass Museum at 25 South Washington Street in downtown Tiffin, Ohio. The Museum is the culmination of preservation efforts by members of the Tiffin Glass Collectors Club.
A display of over 2000 pieces of Tiffin Glass is arranged chronologically in beautiful oak cabinets. Many pieces on display have been loaned by members of the Tiffin Glass Collectors Club. The exhibit presents examples of the glassware produced at the Tiffin factory from its beginning in 1889 as the A. J. Beatty & Sons Company until the end of production in 1980 as the Tiffin Glass Company. Many memorabilia items are displayed as well. Other items will be added as the Museum continues to develop and grow. This year the club unveiled its archive room, where glass lovers can research patterns, learn more about the history of Tiffin Glass, and view tools of the trade.
The Glass Museum is staffed by volunteers, open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with other hours by appointment. To schedule a tour, contact the Museum director at 419-448-0200. Admission is free. Donations of glassware, time, and memorabilia are welcome. We also greatly appreciate monetary donations. Why not include a trip to the Museum in your travel plans? You will enjoy viewing the beautiful glassware that was produced by the skilled Tiffin Glassmasters.
The Tiffin Glass Museum