Museums for Glass Fans
The Glass Museum in Nový Bor
in North Bohemia
offers some extensive collections. The exhibition halls display glass from the Baroque period to the present. For example, they have a unique collection of Art Nouveau painted glass, which is supposed to be one of the best in the world! And if you like any of the pieces, you can buy a contemporary copy of selected exhibits in the museum shop. Another museum, the Glass Museum in Kamenický Šenov, is near Nový Bor
. The permanent exposition documents the development of local engraved and cut glass since the seventeenth to the present. And the most interesting exhibit? Probably the glass chair from the nineteenth century ordered in Kamenický Šenov by the Indian maharajah from Hyderabad. Naturally, our tips must include the Glass and Jewellery Museum
in North Bohemian
Jablonec nad Nisou where you can enjoy extensive collections of glass, jewellery, buttons, coins, medals and plaques. Several permanent expositions will take you through the history of glass and its place in human decorations. Some exhibits are more than 3,000 years old!
In short, glass has been with us since the time immemorial and it is good to know its whole story.
Glass Factories with History
The Czech glass industry took off when the industrial revolution came in the nineteenth century. There were dozens of larger and smaller glass factories then. And some of them follow their historical tradition today. Czech glass has had a good name for more than 200 years
. Industrially manufactured for the needs of laboratories, glass craft work, artisan or decorative glass. One of the oldest glass factories is the Květná glass factory in Moravia
, in the heart of the White Carpathian Mountains
, where glass has been made since 1794. The most famous of the Czech glass factories include Preciosa, known for its crystal chandeliers; Moser of Karlovy Vary
with preserved manual manufacture of crystal glass, Crystalex with the protected trademark of Bohemia Crystal,
as well as the North Bohemian Lasvit
, which specialises in glass decorations, chandeliers and light fixtures made to order.