The Toledo Museum of Art offers free admission and a sizeable collection (parking is $5 for non-members and is paid for inside the museum) . There's at least one Peter Paul Rubins painting and various rooms focusing on different time periods from the Renissance to a contemporary art collections. The highlight of the museum is their Glass Art collection. This is now housed in a separate wing of the museum, which was built around 8 years ago. They have a working glass studio of both offhand glassblowing and benchworking (blowtorch). The historical glass collection is one of the best in the country. It houses glassworks from ancient Mesopotamia dating back to around 3000 BC, which is when the invention of glass was discovered. There is a great collection of Ancient Roman glass, with amazing intricate details considering the tools of that time period. The Toledo Museum glass collection has plenty of contemporary works as well, with visiting glass artists also using their workshop. They have a glassblowing demonstration everyday at 2pm or you might be lucky enough to see some of the resident glass artists working with glass, as we did during our visit. Overall, it is a great way to spend a few hours in Toledo if in the area. There is also the Libbey Glass Factory Outlet which is only a few miles away and also definitely worth a visit. You will not see any demonstrations there, but can get some good deals on the large selection of glass products they produce from their huge factory in Toledo. I’ve seen Libbey Glass products all over the world and they have expanded this factory outlet quite a bit since I was there about a decade ago.
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