Online - Blaschka Glass Flowers
Join collection manager Jennifer Brown, who will share the history of the Glass Flowers and discuss recent projects of Harvard University’s most famous treasures.
The internationally acclaimed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, better known as the Glass Flowers. On permanent exhibition at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, this unique collection was made by Leopold Blaschka (1822-1895) and his son, Rudolf (1857-1939). Over fifty years, from 1886 to 1936, the Blaschkas produced 4,300 astonishingly realistic glass models that represent 780 plant species. Commissioned as a teaching collection and a museum exhibit, the Glass Flowers were made exclusively for Harvard. The collection has educated students and the public, delighted museum visitors, and inspired artistic and scholarly works for more than a century.