Glass Museum (Museo del Vidrio)
Housed within a converted turn-of-the-century building, Monterrey’s 3-story Glass Museum (Museo del Vidrio) offers an insight into the history of Mexican glass manufacture and the European glass industry. Highlights include the working factory, glassblowing demonstrations, and the century-old traditional stained-glass workshop.
Striking both inside and out, the Glass Museum is notable for its red brick facade—which is unusual for the area—and original tiled-floor interior. You can easily explore the three well-curated floors in under two hours. Look out for highlights including 20th-century glass art, glass molds, and pieces produced by renowned Mexican glassblowers such as the Ávalos family.
Things to Know Before You Go
Expect to spend around two hours exploring all the Glass Museum has to offer.
There are both English- and Spanish-language tours offered at the Glass Museum—book in advance.
Much of the signage is in Spanish.
Photography is not allowed inside the museum.
Pick up a souvenir at the on-site gift store, which sells products made at the factory.
The Glass Museum may not be fully wheelchair and stroller accessible.
How to Get There
The Glass Museum is situated north of the Monterrey downtown in the Treviño neighborhood and is just a 10-minute drive from the Macroplaza. Beat the Monterrey heat and arrive by rideshare or taxi.
When to Get There
The Glass Museum is typically open Tuesday to Friday between the mid-morning and late afternoon. You can also visit on Sundays when entry is free for all visitors, although there may be larger than usual crowds. You can book a guided tour of the museum in English or Spanish by prior appointment.
Other Museums in Monterrey
Monterrey may not have the stellar museum reputation of Mexico City, but the capital of Nuevo León still has plenty to offer curious visitors. Get your contemporary art fix at the MARCO (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo), learn about Monterrey’s iron and steel industry at the Museo del Acero Horno 3, or take an interactive look at science at Planetario Alfa in San Pedro Garza García.
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