Talana Museum South Africa  


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Glass Emporium

Glass has been manufactured in this valley since the end of the 19th century. Although the factory no longer exists, the museum is home to a magnificent collection of glass used and manufactured in South Africa.

The earliest piece of glass on display is part of a Roman phial (possibly for perfume) from Jerusalem and the newest an art glass platter by South African glass artist Liz Lacey and a glass vase by Sibisiso from Ngwenya glass showing a Zulu hut embedded in the glass. The collection spans a time period of 2000 years. Most of the items reflect the use of glass in South Africa, albeit that most pieces were manufactured  outside of the country.

Glass throughout the 19th 20th and 21st C forms part of the collection. Glass used in the home, for functional or decorative purposes, on the desk, for lighting, medical or container purposes is all part of the story of our heritage told in glass.

A comprehensive collection of Woodstock glass (the first glass to be produced in South Africa) illustrates the growth and development of glass manufacture and design.

The focus of the collection in the past few years has been on art glass produced by South African artists. 

Come and view a breathtaking extravaganza of exquisite glass.