The planes and angles of the Windows Gallery are the perfect setting for the story of the struggle for the seemingly simple window. They trace a path that leads from the distorted handmade panes of 100 years ago to the high-quality, mass-produced, energy-saving windows available today.
A window is simple—a flat piece of glass. But making that flat piece of glass was once anything but simple. Until the turn of the 20th century, a window started as a bubble on the end of a glassmaker's blowpipe.
How did the window evolve from an expensive luxury into an everyday item that we take for granted? Find out in the Windows Gallery. Meet the inventors who struggled to make windows that were bigger, flatter, and less distorted. Discover the ingenious methods they devised to make flat glass flat.
More and bigger windows mean more glass to break. In the Windows Gallery, learn what makes safety glass—used in windshields, glass doors, and building facades—safer. Test tempered glass for yourself and—if you dare—stand on a glass floor while you watch a video about how glass breaks.
Explore additional information about topics covered in the gallery.
- Glass and the Space Orbiter
- The Windows Machines: Sheet & Plate Glass
- The Precise Moment: Tempered Glass
- A Pressing Solution: Shaped Glass
- From a Broken Flask: Laminated Safety Glass
- The Long Road to Success: Fusion Draw Glass
- On a Pool of Tin: Float Glass
- Making Window Glass by Hand: Crown & Cylinder Glass
- Staying On-line: Coated Glass