National Bottle Museum, Ballston Spa

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NBM preserves the history of glass bottle manufacturing with an emphasis on the handmade era. All bottles were mouth blown until the Automatic Bottle Machine was patented by Michael Owens in 1903. Each factory produced millions of bottles using blow pipes,molds, hand tools, and lung-power, making it the first real mass-producing industry in the United States, predating the founding of the nation.
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  • Very interesting combinations of newer and antique bottles.So many shapes,sizes,colors and amounts. This was my first time visiting the bottle museum, but I plan to return with my grandchildren as I.....  more »
  • Definitely worth visiting if you are in Ballston Spa. Interesting small museum that houses a unique collection of bottles including antique glass fire extinguishers. Staff has great knowledge of the....  more »
  • A wide variety of hand blown bottles awaits you here with an energetic explanation from the proprietor of every aspect of the bottle making process from days gone by. Walls of bottles and on the first floor and artistic pieces upstairs - this is a surprising gem. Donate $5 to "adopt" a bottle to take home!
  • Cool and interesting. Knowledgeable and passionate staff. Small place but many wonderful pieces to look at

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