6:16 Harvard restores its famed Glass Flowers

Harvard University
Harvard’s Glass Flowers, the famed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, have returned to display in a refurbished gallery, which shows the iconic collection in new light — literally. The collection, which includes more than 4,000 models, was created by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka, glass artists from Dresden Germany, over five decades beginning in 1886. Their astonishing accuracy can again be seen after the refurbished gallery reopens in the Harvard Museum of Natural History on May 21.

Tue May 17, 2016
The Harvard Museum of Natural History announced their reopening of the Glass Flowers exhibit in Cambridge, MA on Saturday, May 21st. As an internationally admired exhibition, this is truly a can’t-miss opportunity.

Before you head over to the exhibit, a couple things you should know about the glass Flowers:
1. The Flowers are Made by Hand
This captivating and mesmeric gallery first opened its doors to the public on April 17, 1893 and has been closed since November 2015. Fortunately, the doors will be opening back up and visitors can observe a wide-range of glass displays.
2. The Harvard Museum of Natural History’s collection showcases the designs and creation of intricate glass-blown flowers by Germany-based glass blower Rudolf Blaschka and his father, Leopold Blaschka. These German gentlemen came from a family of jewelers and glassmakers dating back to 15th century Venice. The revolutionary duo has mastered the art of glassblowing, creating and selling thousands of sophisticated pieces to universities and museums across the globe.

2. They’re Really Made of Glass
Over the course of five decades, the father-son team generated over 4,200 uniquely beautiful creations, representing more than 800 plant species all made entirely out of glass.