National Bottle Museum

NBM3 Rick and Berny Baldwin recently shared their visit to the National Bottle Museum. The National Bottle Museum is located in Ballston Spa, NY, which is a short drive from Albany and situated in Saratoga County’s historic mineral water springs domain that flourished in the 1800’s.  Exhibits at the museum focus on the museum’s mission of preserving the history of hand-made bottle-making in the United States.  In addition to interpretive exhibits, which frequently change in theme and content, the museum houses a large collection of vintage bottles for the public to view and enjoy.  An extensive library is also available for reference and research.  Click on the “Read More” for more information and pictures.When open during the week, a museum staff volunteer is eager to provide knowledge and to help with any questions or inquiries from the public.  Also, a separate Museum Glassworks facility is being established to offer a hands-on venue for students and visitors to experience glass-blowing techniques. Click on “Read More” to see the pictures.     As a non-profit educational institution, the museum relies primarily on donations for financial support, and it additionally hosts a bottle show in the Saratoga area as an annual fundraiser.  In addition to individual memberships, dozens of antique bottle clubs from across the nation help to support the operation of the museum as well.  For additional information, as well as a schedule of museum hours, visit the museum’s website.

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