A gem of a museum!! The entrance fee was well worth the money.
The staff directed us the best direction to see the exhibits and noth the quality and breadth was astounding. So much to see and read about with a great pratical demo and video stories. The museum tells of St Helens importance to the area and how the glass factory came about.
Suitable for all ages. Great afternoon out; more so because it was raining!
Live glass blowing
Special effects film shows
Artisan gift shop
Level one art gallery
At St. Helen's World of Glass, you can see rare and beautiful pieces from the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Chinese. The museum gives you an insight to what it was like in St. Helen's in Victorian times. Previous generations are there to tell their story of living in a town shaped by glass and coal.
Even though I have seen it many times before, I still adore the skill that goes into glassblowing. The centre lets you witness craftsmen create gorgeous pieces from molten glass straight from the furnace. As well as that, you can journey from Ancient Egypt to Outer Space in their 3D special effects show - something I did not have time to do, but would love to go back to try it out!
The prices are reasonable only costing a child £3.80 and an adult £5.30.
St. Helen's town centre is also right on your doorstep and is a great place to relax or enjoy a little retail therapy. It makes a fab day out.
This is a magical place, especially for children (of all ages). It includes demonstrations by resident glass artists, rare pieces of glassware from the past (even back to Egyptian, Roman and Chinese examples), a mirror maze and other unbelievable areas.
There is an area where recordings of real people tell what lifewas like in Victorian times in St Helens - coal, canals and glass dominating everything.
It's open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00 and current prices are £5.30 for adults and £3.80 for children over five.
We went here a while back and while we found the place to be interesting it was also, unfortunately very forgettable.
The live glassblowing demonstration was very interesting but once seen I wouldn't watch it again.
Definitely worth a visit if your in town and have no knowledge of the glass industry but we only live 5 minutes away and haven't returned since.
The first time I ever saw glass blowing was on the Isle of Wight when I was really little. So it was great to find out that I could still see glass blowing just a step or two down the road from me. The resident glassblowers at The World of Glass are Vicki, Sarah and Ben. The decorative pieces that they create are beautifully shaped from molton glass. It is amazing to watch them, but rather hot if you get up close. Whilst the other parts of The World of Glass are interesting such as the art gallery and film shows. The most encapsulating is the glass blowing. It is a bit like when you are at the beach watching the sea come in and out, in and out or on a cold winter night when you are watching the fire roar. I just have to watch!
I'll be honest, when I was first invited to The World of Glass exhibition I was somewhat unenthusiastic; I imagined piles of window panes in a warehouse somewhere and immense boredom, I desperately searched for a reason not to go, I couldn't and ended up on a coach to St Helen's with a bus load of kids (summer job). However I truly enjoyed it; there's so much to see and do here and the children were entertained for hours, which made my job much easier! The educational visit hosted for our group was brilliant, with audiovisual talks, film shows and live glass blowing, of course the children were soon in the mirror maze and most staff headed for the artisan gift shop. We didn't eat at the cafe, as we'd brought lunch, but 'Kaleidoscope Cafe' looked and smelled beautiful!
Entrance is really quite inexpensive and great value for money, there are discounts for seniors and children and family tickets available.
A part of our towns past and future, everyone should see it. Float glass was invented here in St Helens, self clean glass was invented here in St Helens and much more too. A really nice way to spend a few hours with the family especially the children, they can buy glass marbels from the shop there and there is someone around to explain how there made.
We weren't overly impressed, I'm afraid. It was fairly pricey to get in (although we'd managed to find a 2-for-1 voucher on the web), and whilst there were some interesting things going on (the glass blowing in particular was good) there wasn't really sufficient to keep our two (then aged 4 and 2) interested for long enough to make the entrance fee seem good value. The biggest disappointment was the interactive area, which seemed very old and tired -- some good ideas, but if they had only updated things regularly it could have been so much better. All in all, it wasn't a disaster, but it was a disappointment. We went 18 months ago and haven't been back since, despite living not too far away -- which probably says it all really.
I love world of glass, your can see people actually making glass objects, live infrount of you !
It was ok the first time i went but my school took me loads of times and after u seen it once it had to think it good again lol
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