There is a must-see attraction in Toledo, Ohio that you need to check out the next time you are in the Toledo area or if you just want to take an interesting and educational day trip to a unique museum. Plan a trip to the award-winning Glass Pavilion (part of the Toledo Museum of Art). It is approximately a 90 minute drive from Cleveland to Toledo.
Glass Pavilion Opened in 2006 at a cost of $30 million dollars, the 74,000 square foot facility was designed by the Japanese team of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa and the structure is a work of art itself. All of the exterior and many of the Pavilion's interior walls are made entirely of glass (472 glass panels, many of which are curved). The result is an enchanting transparent structure (with no right angles) where visitors have a challenge in distinguishing between interior and exterior spaces.
The Glass Pavilion is home to the museum's renowned 5000-piece glass collection with some pieces dating back 4000 years. One highlight at the Pavilion is a clear-glass chandelier-style sculpture by celebrated glass artist, Dale Chihuly in addition to several other Chihuly glass works.
Other sights not to miss at the Glass Pavilion include "Vitrana," a multicolored mural by Dominick Labino composed of 33 individual glass panels (found in the Glass Study Room), a large all-glass table, a gilded-glass Louis XIV mirror, elaborate chandeliers and a 100 year old all-glass floor lamp. Another highlight is the largest cut-glass Punch Bowl in existence created in Toledo in 1904 for the World's Fair in St. Louis.
Another attraction at the Glass Pavilion is the museum's glassmaking demonstrations given several times throughout the day in the on-site "Hot Shop". The detailed demonstrations (approximately 30 minutes in length) are well worth it as you can witness beautiful works of art being created right before your eyes by museum instructors, local artists and students as each step of the process is chronicled and explained.
The Glass Pavilion also has a small cafe and a gift shop where visitors can purchase books and DVD's about the museum and the various artists in addition to some of the glass pieces made on site like glass flowers and Christmas ornaments.
Hours for the Glass Pavilion are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. on Sunday.. The Glass Pavilion is closed on Mondays. Admission is free.
For more information about the Glass Pavilion or the Toledo Museum of Art call 419-255-8000 or get online at www.toledomuseum.org.
The Glass Pavilion is located at 2445 Monroe Street in Toledo, Ohio. It is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Cleveland.