VISIT US Bergdala glastekniska museum


 
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At Bergdala museum of glass technology we show unique machines for glass-making,
and examples of glasses made with, or tooled with these machines


During off-season you are welcome to pre-book a visit, see below.

Our plans for the summer are, unless there will be different restrictions:
•       in May, starting the 8:th, we will be open Saturdays 10-16 and Sundays 12-16
•       from and including the 5:th of June to the 15:th of August augusti (iclusive) open all days 10 - 16

Due to the pandemic we resrict the number of visitors to seven persons at one time.
Pre-booked groups will have presedence - no other visitors will be let in.


You are always welcome to book outside the hours, by e-mail kontakt@bergdala-glastekniska-museum.se
You find us at GPS-coordinates N 56° 50' 05", E 15° 13' 19".

In the centre of Kingdom of Crystal you find Bergdala, having both a glassworks and a museum of glass technology

During the heyday of the glassworks era, from the beginning of the 19th century until recently in this area there were over a hundred glassworks.

Glassworks were important workplaces – only here in little Bergdala some 50 people did work in the business.
The glassworks was important for the whole neighbourhood: there were shops, eateries, a 'phone exchange, and the farmers could sell firewood.

Bergdala: now we have, except for the glasssworks, also a museum.
We try to show the technical development in the glass industry from the end of the 18th century to around now.
Here you can see (and try out) machines that were once common at all glassworks, but now are all but unknown: glass presses, a semi-automatic bottle machine, no less than four etching machines with slightly different functions, hundreds of templates for the pantogerphs (two of the etching machines).
Read more here.

Most of the other glassworks were not very long-lived, and today there are only a handful still operating – and all the interesting studio works, of course! Read more about the glassworks and the studios here, at Glasriket.se (opens in new window).

"Kingdom of Crystal" – why here in Småland? Simply put: because of the ironworks. Read more about that here.

On this website you can also find historical documentation about glass-making techniques and machines, and also about their environmental impact. Read more on the pages "about hot glass techniques", "about cold glass techniques" and "glass as a material".



two pictures with museum visitors