Glass Flowers: The Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants

Thursday, Apr 26, 2018


Closed since early November 2015, the internationally acclaimed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, the “Glass Flowers,” have reopened, following the most expansive renovation in the exhibit’s history. Commissioned in 1886 by Harvard University from the German glass artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka for use by students and faculty, this now-public collection contains thousands of one-of-a-kind botanical masterpieces. The renovation features model and case restoration, space redesign, and the installation of state-of-the-art lighting and display features that will combine to create a stunning new exhibition showcasing the unique history, irreplaceable artistry, and ongoing scientific relevance of the Glass Flowers. A small exhibit of selected models will remain on temporary display through the end of March.


This exhibition is supported by a generous gift in memory of Melvin R. Seiden AB ’52, LLB ’55 and a grant provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.