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Turner Museum of Glass

Turner Museum of Glass


The University of Sheffield,
Sir Robert Hadfield Building,
Mappin Street,
S1 3JD


The Turner Museum of Glass is one of the UK's most interesting and comprehensive collections of nineteenth and twentieth century glass.
From drinking glasses to contemporary installations the Museum celebrates the skill and artistry of glassmakers. Pieces by all the major European and American glassmakers are on display and the collection is unrivalled in its display of work from the 1920s to the 1950s.
The Museum was founded in 1943 by Professor W.E.S. Turner. Also responsible for founding the academic discipline of glass technology, Turner was a keen and imaginative collector. He wanted the Museum to act as an inspiration for all those working with glass by showing beautiful objects alongside technical innovation.
Turner founded his Museum at the University of Sheffield where he worked. Since 1993 it has been located at the heart of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering where it continues to grow. It is an important resource for research and welcomes visitors from around the world.

On-site light refreshmentsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

Opening details

Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm.


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Map reference: SK 347873  Lat: 53.38222 Long: -1.47918

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Sheffield station


  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
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