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Glowing glass and never before exhibited art on view at Bethlehem museums


Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites (HBMS) invites visitors to get “hands-on” with glass in a new exhibition: “A Glimpse Through Glass” Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 28.

Focusing on glass through the lens of art, culture, and community, the exhibit features over 200 pieces, and glass from seven regional artists and six local collectors. From sculptures to rare glowing glass, to photography, visitors can explore the many unique uses of glass while learning about the age-old process to make it. 

“A Glimpse Through Glass” is the inaugural exhibition of HBMS’s new Curator of Collections & Exhibition Brett Peters.

The Moravian Museum, 66 W. Church St., Bethlehem, invites visitors from 1 to 4 p.m. to identify the many ways the early Moravians of Bethlehem used glass in their everyday lives. Also featured will be a collection of “oddities,” including glass objects used in medicine.

The 1810 Goundie House, 501 Main St., Bethlehem, houses a collection of drinking vessels that highlight the ways glass brings people together through libation. Walk in the footsteps of John Sebastian Goundie, the first brewer in Bethlehem, and discover a four-part blown glass decanter that was able to hold four different spirits at one time, while learning how the shape of a glass can affect the taste of a drink.

Additionally, a pop-up store features glass artwork and vessels that visitors can purchase to add to their own collection, such as glowing glasses and jewelry. 

At the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, 427 N. New St., Bethlehem, seven well-known regional glass artists come together in a dynamic display of glass art, each demonstrating different influences, techniques, and processes. 

Tickets can be purchased at the HBMS website.