The Crystal Museum
The Crystal Museum of Colle Val d'Elsa is the first Italian museum dedicated to this precious material and its processing that represents, for the harvest area, one of the most important production realities: in the city 15% of the crystal of The whole world and over 95% of all of Italy.
The modern structure that hosts the museum, set up within one of the ancient furnaces of the crystalery factory and Schmidt glassware or former vetreria Boschi, was designed to combine the past and the present of the city, memory and progress, retrieving and Enhancing at the same time a former industrial area.
The different sections reconstruct, through an original museum path, the history of the local glass industry, starting from 1820, year of the plant of the first furnace, up to the full realization of the lead crystal took place in 1963, presenting examples of pre-industrial production and TWARNITIES Darners upon XIV-XV century.
In addition to the classic tableware (glasses, glasses, bottles) other objects of daily use such as Calamai and funnels can be observed, but also pharmacy and laboratory glazing. At each historical period they correspond different styles, in terms of shapes, colors, processing and decoration techniques: the explanatory panels, in retracing the history of the various glassworks born in the city, offer an interesting section of the life of hill and its inhabitants, thanks Also to historical documents, vintage photographs and curious anecdotes.