Glass Museum set for new season

BELLAIRE – The National Imperial Glass Museum, 3200 Belmont St., Bellaire, will open for its11th season of operation on Thursday.

The museum houses many displays of Imperial Glass, related exhibits, a library & research room, and a small gift shop. It will be open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., from April 4 through Oct. 31, 2013. The museum staff is eager to accommodate groups, clubs, and bus tours at other times. Simply contact the museum in order to make arrangements.

At the museum on Saturday, April 6, there will be a celebration of the birthday of the organizer of the Imperial Glass Company, Edward Muhleman. In 1901, Capt. Ed acquired property and assembled numerous local businessmen, mould makers, and much capital in order to found the company. His efforts paid off in the rich eighty-year history of glass making in Bellaire under the Imperial name. Museum officials invite everyone, especially glass enthusiasts and history buffs, to Captain Ed’s Birthday Party at the Museum on Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be free food and free admission.

In June, as part of the annual National Imperial Glass Collectors’ Society Convention, there will be a Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the Museum.

The proceedings commence on Thursday at 4 p.m. with the Rededication Ceremony to be held on the Museum lawn.

Many Museum founders and dignitaries plan to attend. Following the ceremony, there will be a reception from 5-7 the Bellaire Public Library Activity Room, 330 32nd Street, just a short block from the Museum.

The convention runs from June 6 through June 9, 2013.

For convention details or museum information, see the Society web site at, call the museum at 740-671-3971, or send email to