Accessibility

everyone is welcome

Pittsburgh Glass Center is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive, welcoming, and accessible to everyone.

To request accommodations, please contact Kate Duncan at kduncan@pittsburghglasscenter.org  or 412-365-2145 x 214.


Take this opportunity to virtually explore our space before you arrive.

PGC Building
Flame Shop
Hot Shop
Kiln Shop

Self-guided Tour

Virtual guide on Bloomberg Connects

Visitors with sensory needs are encouraged to use our self-guided tour to explore our building and facilities in their own time, without interruption from staff. 

Our free virtual guide is available on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app. Download the free app from Google Play or the App Store and explore Pittsburgh Glass Center from home or scan the QR Code upon arrival at Pittsburgh Glass Center to follow along as you tour our studios and gallery.  

The app is designed with core accessibility features and is able to work with most built-in assistive technology on both Android and iOS phones. It is screen reader compatible, works with built-in device features such as zoom and increased contrast, and offers larger accessibility text sizes. It is also compatible with keyboard and switch control navigation.  

Visitors are encouraged to bring noise-canceling headphones, sunglasses, or any other item that could make their visit more accessible for them. Please note, Pittsburgh Glass Center has loud areas, hot areas, and bright areas due to the nature of glassmaking. 

Braille versions of our self-guided tour are also available. 

 

Sign Language Interpretation 

Sign Language Interpretation will be provided at all public events hosted by the Pittsburgh Glass Center. ASL Interpretation is also available for all students participating in classes or workshops. Requests must be made at least 2 weeks in advance. Please email kduncan@pittsburghglasscenter.org or call 412-365-2145 x 214 to make arrangements. 

Accessible Parking 

Pittsburgh Glass Center has one designated parking space for visitors with disabilities. If you need more than one accessible parking space for your group, please email kduncan@pittsburghglasscenter.org or call 412-365-2145 x 214 to make arrangements to have additional spaces reserved. 

Wheelchairs 

Pittsburgh Glass Center is accessible to wheelchair users and other visitors who need to avoid stairs. The entrance is accessible by wheelchair and every public space in Pittsburgh Glass Center can be reached by elevator or ramp. Pittsburgh Glass Center welcomes walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, and every other mobility aid. 

For students, each of our studios is accessible via wheelchair, but please email kduncan@pittsburghglasscenter.org or call 412-365-2145 x 214 so that the studios can be adjusted prior to your class.

Strollers 

Pittsburgh Glass Center is accessible to strollers and other visitors who need to avoid stairs. The entrance is accessible by wheelchair and every public space in Pittsburgh Glass Center can be reached by elevator or ramp. Pittsburgh Glass Center welcomes children of all ages to come and see the magic of glass art. Please note, Pittsburgh Glass Center does not currently have a baby changing station onsite. 

Accessible Cold Shop
ASL interpretation in Hot Shop

Closed Captioning 

Many of Pittsburgh Glass Center’s videos are available with closed captions, including videos in the gallery and videos available online on our YouTube Channel

Service Animals 

Service Animals are welcome in Pittsburgh Glass Center. Unfortunately, due to the nature of glass and the dangers involved, we are unable to accommodate pets or emotional support animals in the building. Service animals are welcome in all classes and workshops, but please email kduncan@pittsburghglasscenter.org or call 412-365-2145 x 214 so that the studios can be adjusted prior to your class. 

Accessible Restrooms 

Both restrooms on the lower floor of Pittsburgh Glass Center are accessible. Gender-neutral single-occupancy restrooms are located on the second floor.

Available seating 

Bench seating is available in both our lobby and our gallery for visitors to take a break as they explore our building and studios. Bleacher-style seating is available for glassblowing demonstrations during our public events and Hot Jams.