The Study Gallery is filled with a wide range of objects representing 3,500 years of glassmaking. The gallery is named after Museum benefactors Jerome and Lucille Strauss, who, by gift and bequest, provided the Museum with an unparalleled collection of 2,400 drinking glasses dating from ancient to modern times.
The Study Gallery serves two purposes: It houses many of the objects for which there is no room in the principal galleries, and it serves as an open storage area.
It is designed so that students and collectors can examine many examples of the types of glass in which they are interested. More than 6,000 objects are arranged by subject area—ancient, American, European, Asian, and modern—and by place of origin. Additional cases feature stories of glass conservation, including climate-controlled cases dedicated to our most unstable glasses.