Duncan Miller Glass Museum, Washington

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In 1975, a group of glass collectors, led by Betty Duncan Allison and Orva Heissenbuttel, met in the Citizens Library in Washington, PA, and formed The National Duncan Glass Society. The mission of the new organization was: "To collect information concerning the history, patterns and manufacturing techniques of Duncan and Miller Glass and to establish a museum or a permanent exhibit of Duncan and Miller glass." Two rooms in the Washington County Historical Society, LeMoyne House, became the home for the young museum. For seventeen years a harmonious relationship was maintained.

The goal to establish a museum to preserve the rich history of Duncan and Miller Glass to house a permanent exhibit was realized in 1992 when the Society purchased an old building on Jefferson Ave. in Washington, PA not far from where the Duncan and Miller factory once stood. Local members worked tirelessly to remodel and upgrade the site. The museum opened on July 8, 1993. Today, the members are proud of the museum and the stunning collection of glassware displayed there.

The generosity of the local collectors and enthusiasts from across the country, and acquisitions made by the Society, continually add to the collection which includes not only glassware, but glassmaking tools, molds and memorabilia. The Duncan and Miller Glass Museum is a fascinating piece of American history. The members of the National Duncan Glass Society are committed to preserving this part of the past for the enjoyment and education of future generations.

The Duncan & Miller Glass Museum is open April - December from 11 AM - 4 PM, and year round by appointment. We welcome group tours and offer special pricing for participants.

Please contact the museum with any questions.
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  • This museum was open while we were in the area, so we decided to visit. We spent about 45 minutes. There is a short video about the Duncan & Miller Company. The tour is guided. Beth walked us... 
    This museum was open while we were in the area, so we decided to visit. We spent about 45 minutes. There is a short video about the Duncan & Miller Company. The tour is guided. Beth walked us...  more »
  • 1865 to 1955 glass manufacturing. All on one floor, lots of parking, super handicapped access. Great for all ages ! 
    1865 to 1955 glass manufacturing. All on one floor, lots of parking, super handicapped access. Great for all ages !  more »
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  • Learned so much! I didn't know that glass was the main product over steel for awhile here in Pittsburgh! Staff was friendly and knowledgeable! Nice and clean environment. Really neat historic items to see. The intracit details on many of the glass items are so beautiful and expertly crafted. The video with the tour is well made and just the right length. Restrooms available, clean and well kept. Definitely a must see!
  • We visited today and I was pleasantly surprised. I had not interest in glass in particular but I do love history. I came away with a new-found interest in the history of glass! The docent was very knowledgeable and kind. There us also a lovely gift shop.

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