Exhibition areas
in the Frauenau Glass Museum

through history

The Frauenau Glass Museum takes you on an exciting journey through the history of glass. It begins with the sand-core glasses of the early civilisations, continues through the Nuppen glasses of the Middle Ages and the flower-decorated vases of Art Nouveau to the machine glasses of the industrial age. 

Work in the glassworks

Afterwards, the focus is on life and work in and around the glassworks. Around the symbolic glass melting furnace, you will learn how glass is produced and refined, what work areas there are in a glassworks and what life was once like in a glassmaking town. 

Modern glass

Another highlight is modern glass. The collection of national and international glass art from the 20th and 21st centuries, based on the extensive studio glass collection
collection by Wolfgang Kermer, is an impressive indication of the diversity of glass as a material. There are evidently virtually no limits to the artists' love of experimentation, creativity and skill. 


The study collection at the end of the tour offers a whole range of special features and presents several specialised collections. The Schaefer Foundation's exhibition area is dedicated to the snuff jars so typical of the Bavarian Forest. The most beautiful pieces from the Schaefer Foundation's collection are on display. This is probably the largest and most exclusive collection of snuff glasses in the world. 

Glass beads, necklaces, rings, brooches and buttons in every conceivable variation can be seen in the "Jewellery Glass" collection. The pieces of jewellery come from the estate of the bead and button pattern maker Franz Josef Ginzel (1898 - 1960) from Gablonz. They are sometimes sparkling and elegant, sometimes colourful and eye-catching. 

The French Art Nouveau glass section is a real treasure trove. The exhibits are products from the most prestigious glass manufacturers in Lorraine, such as Daum and Gallé. The collection was donated by the collector couple Dr Hedwig and Walter Bramenkamp from Landau an der Isar and was impressively staged with funds from the Bramenkamp Foundation. 

You can also immerse yourself in the colourful motifs of Bohemian paperweights, explore reverse glass paintings from all over the world and explore other special collections.

Glasschmuck - Glasmuseum Frauenau