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The World of Glass

The World of Glass

The World of Glass takes visitors on a journey of discovery into one of the most common substances on earth, exploring the story of glassmaking from its discovery by ancient civilisations to the modern, multi-use material we know today.

Journey through time in the interactive museum galleries, which tell the story of glass from ancient civilisations to the 20th Century, and the story of St Helens, the town glass helped to shape.

Watch the fantastic film show which lets visitors experience how one material has changed our world forever by demonstrating the special qualities of glass and explaining how they are utilised by modern society in technology as diverse as the world wide web and space exploration.

For many the highlight of the visit are the live glass blowing demonstrations by our resident glass artists, who bring the beauty of glass to life, and whose work is on sale in the Gift Shop.

Visit the Jubilee Cone Building, a Grade II* listed building, which houses the remains of the oldest glass making tank furnace in the world.  Discovered buried beneath a concrete slab floor, the tank furnace has been painstakingly excavated by archaeologists from Lancaster University.  Explore the tunnels and flues that were used for maintenance to keep the furnace at peak efficiency and to supply the gas that fed it.

The magic of glass is brought to life in a fun packed zone featuring distorting mirrors, kaleidoscopes and periscopes as well as an array of optical instruments.

The World of Glass also has the Level One Gallery within the Centre.  This new commercial gallery showcases a changing programme of works by various artists and creative industries in the North West using different media.

Situated within The World of Glass is the Artisan Shop where you can purchase a memento of your visit or a piece of glassware for that special occasion.

Enjoy a light snack or a full meal in the Kaleidoscope Café, overlooking the Sankey Canal and the Cone Building.

Admission to the Kaleidoscope Café and the Artisan Shop is free whether or not you are visiting the museum and visitor centre.

Admission Prices:

£8 for adults, £6 for children/seniors, £24 for a family ticket – 2 adults and 2 children or £17 for a single parent and two children.

Under 5's are free.


The World of Glass is situated in the heart of St Helens just 30 minutes from Manchester and Liverpool – Junction 7 M62. We are also just 5 minutes walk from St Helens Central rail and bus stations. A location map can be found on our website.

Current OpeningTimes


Tuesday to Sunday every week. 

Summer - 10.00 am to 5.00pm (last admission 3pm).

Winter - 10.00 am to 4.00pm (last admission 2.30pm)

We are closed Monday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

New Opening Times with Effect from 22nd October 2012

Monday to Saturday every week. 

Summer - 10.00 am to 5.00pm (last admission 3pm).

Winter - 10.00 am to 4.00pm (last admission 2.30pm)

We are closed Sunday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and every Bank Holiday Monday. 


Chalon Way East, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1BX

  01744 22766    
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