The Glass Factory
Glass museum in Boda Glasbruk
The glass museum The Glass Factory is located in the industrial village of Boda Glasbruk in the north-east of the municipality Emmaboda Kommun. It presents Sweden's largest art glass collection, coupled with changing exhibitions and events relating to the design and manufacture of artistic glass objects.
The Glass Factory is located in the production halls of the Boda Glasbruk glassworks, which was shut down in 2003. In its permanent exhibitions, it displays about 50,000 glass objects from various glassworks in the glass kingdom of Småland. Among them are the complete collections from the factory museums of Boda Glasbruk, from the also shut-down glassworks in Åfors and from the famous Kosta Glasbruk, Sweden's oldest active glassworks.
The exhibited objects show a detailed overview of the different, mostly artistically influenced glass products that were produced in these glassworks in the period from the 18th century to the beginning of the 21st century. They represent the work of a total of 50 different glass artists, who have immortalised themselves in their ideas and fantasies made of glass.
The permanent exhibitions are flanked by various temporary exhibitions on the subject of glass. These include exhibitions with creations by up-and-coming artists and well-known glass designers, or the shaping of glass influenced by different styles.
The glassmaker's workshop in the glass museum
The Glass Factory also sees itself as an innovative meeting place for craftsmen, artists, designers and cultural workers and as a forum for the artistic renewal and strengthening of glass art in Sweden.
For this purpose, the Glass Museum has a large glassmaker's workshop where national and international artists can experiment with the possibilities of the material glass in collaboration with the museum's glass masters and transform their ideas into glass works of art. At the same time, the museum produces its own collections of various glass objects, which are sold in the shop of the museum.
Visitors to the museum can not only regularly watch the glass artists and glassblowers at work, but can also watch how a viscous glowing lump of glass is transformed piece by piece into a glass bowl, vase or other beautifully shaped object. At the same time, courses are offered where visitors can try their luck with the material glass.
The Glass Factory: Opening hours & admission
Wednesday – Sunday: 11:00 – 16:00
Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 17:00
Last update: 11/2020 | Errors and omissions excepted.