National Bottle Museum

76 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 - United States




Free Everyday

The museum’s mission is to preserve the nation’s first major industry, glass bottle manufacturing. All bottles were made by hand until Michael Owens patented the Automatic Bottle Machine in 1903. Each factory made millions of bottles each year, mostly by glassblowing. The museum’s collection contains over 2700 bottles and containers, as well as tools, molds and other related items, and an extensive research library.

The JRM Artists' Space on the museum's second floor exhibits rotating art shows by local and regional artists in all media. Contact the museum for specific show information.


Bottle Making Tools

Bottle Dating Methods

Bottles of the USA

Bottle Molds

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