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“Lovely museum” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Neenah
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is an accredited art museum located in the Fox Cities region of Wisconsin, 200 miles north of Chicago. The art museum opened 1959 to house the most representative collection of glass paperweights in the world and now holds three additional glass collections including, antique Germanic drinking vessels, Victorian art glass and contemporary studio glass. The museum focuses all exhibitions and educational programs on glass. The Glass Studio at Bergstrom-Mahler Museum offers public instruction in flame working and kiln-formed glass making techniques throughout the year for youth and adults. Thanks to our generous founders and current donors there is free, general admission for everyone.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift
Madison, Wisconsin
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Lovely museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

During our visit, the upper floor was closed, so the open areas included an exhibit of contemporary glass art, the paperweights and the German glass collection. The German glass collection is varied and fascinating -- make sure to look for the tumbler with the embedded fly. The paperweights include a hands-on dispaly showing how the millefiori weights are made. My ony caveat is that videos showing the process making the types of glass would have been helpful. The gift shop has a wide array of items in prices ranging from $1--$1800.

Visited October 2013
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Berkeley, California
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Mesmerizing glass”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

Yes, there are paperweights, but they also recently were bequeathed a collection of glass buttons, which were absolutely fascinating to me. I might have been more impressed with the paperweights had I seen them first, but seeing something so small and yet so detailed as these buttons was amazing. They also had some modern glass sculptures that were odd but intriguing. The location of the museum is right on the water and since glass isn't affected by sunlight the way canvases and other art materials are there are lots of windows with great views and natural light. There's no admission fee, but they ask for a donation if you feel so inclined. If I lived there I'd do my holiday gift shopping in their gift shop, they had beautiful and affordable glass for sale.

Visited August 2013
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Ripon, WI
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153 reviews
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“A Treasure House of Glass”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2013

My wife and I visited the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum in Neenah for the first time recently. Although we had heard good things about it, we found it even better than expected. The specialty is glass paperweights of which they an enormous collection. There is also an exhibit on how the paper weights are made. In addition there is a small but nicely representative collection of early modern European glassware as well as temporary exhibits of contemporary art glass. The building itself, is also very lovely.

Visited May 2013
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Oshkosh, WI
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55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Unique museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2013

My husband is a glass artist, and this museum is filled with glass in all forms! Nice change from your stereotypical museum. When the Corning show is in town, It's a must-see!

Visited July 2012
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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141 reviews
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“Paperweights history and education”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2013

My first visit here was in 1979, and its equally as good today. We went for a group photo shoot, and were not let down. We got to photograph as well as see the entire display. The ladies in the gift shop were very friendly and helpful also. A great place to go with visitors and see all the beautiful paperweights.

Visited February 2013
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