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Group Tours & Private Activities

Visit PGC, Take a Tour, Make Something

Pittsburgh Glass Center offers unforgettable educational experiences for everyone, regardless of age, background, or group size. One of the world’s foremost glass art facilities, PGC offers tours, field trips, and hands-on experiences in its state-of-the-art studios and contemporary glass gallery. It’s the perfect activity for school groups, Scout troops, team-building activities, corporate events, senior clubs, and more. Because PGC is such a busy place, filled with resident artists and active students, tours and private glass making activities must be arranged in advance and are scheduled based on studio availability. We’re excited to share our passion for glass with you.

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Virtual Demonstration

Bring the action of the studio right to your own screen. With our new technology, you can enjoy a private glassblowing demonstration. The virtual experience includes a live narrated 30-minute glassblowing demonstration and 15–20 minutes of exclusive conversation and Q & A with one of our expert glass artists.

Virtual demonstrations can be held on your preferred platform, adapted for ages 5+, and should be scheduled at least 30 days in advance.

Program Cost: $150

Email us or call us at 412-365-2145 to schedule.

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In-Person Glassblowing Demonstration & Tour

Schedule an exciting live narrated glassblowing demonstration and watch expert artists create amazing glass art in our state-of-the-art studios. Learn about Pittsburgh’s lesser-known but incredibly rich glassmaking history and take a guided tour of our contemporary glass art exhibition in the Hodge Gallery. This option does not include a hands-on experience.

Program Length: 1 hour

Program Cost: $20/adult and $15/students

Participants: Minimum of 10 participants or a minimum fee of $200

This option does not include a hands-on experience.
In-person glassblowing tours and demonstrations may be adapted for ages 5+ and must be scheduled at least 30 days in advance.

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Private Glassmaking Experience

Are you interested in a glassmaking experience that’s just for you? Whether you are celebrating a birthday with friends or bringing a school group or Girl Scout troop for a field trip, we can help you plan a fun, customized, hands-on glass experience.

Each participant will work with a local teaching artist for 15–20 minutes to create their own glass artwork. 

Program Length: 1 – 2 hours

Program Cost: $40-$60/person depending on the type of activity(For an additional $10/person, you can add a one-hour glassblowing demonstration and tour) 

Participants: 6-50 participants Each person makes one item.

Hands-on activities may be adapted for ages 5+ and must be scheduled at least 30 days in advance.

Choose from several options including:

Blown Glass Ornament $60/per person
Blown Glass Pumpkin $60/per person
Sculpted Flower $60/per person
Sculpted Egg $60/per person
Sculpted Paperweight $60/per person
Slumped Dish $60/per person
Fused Ornament or Suncatcher $40/per person