GlassAccess Exhibit Archive

The Glass Access Gallery in our lower level features temporary glass exhibits of various themes throughout the year. Below is an archive of our most recent exhibits. Please check back often for upcoming events.

Transparency: An LGBTQ+ Glass Art Exhibition
June 2, 2017 @ 10am – August 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

For more than 40 years, LGBTQ+ identifying people have gathered in the month of June to commemorate their struggles, celebrate their identities, and advocate for their communities. What we now call “LGBT Pride Month” or simply “Pride” is a worldwide phenomenon that reminds us that the freedom to live our truth is necessary for a liberated society. For Pride 2017, the National Liberty Museum hosted the nation’s FIRST museum exhibit of studio glass works produced exclusively by artists of the LGBTQ+ community. We were very excited to present this celebration of identity and freedom.

The Museum partnered with the Human Rights Campaign to host an Opening Reception for the Transparency Exhibit on Friday evening, June 9.

Please enjoy these photos from our Opening Event.

Photos provided by Priscilla White



The Treachery of Images: A Glass Art Exhibition
April 7, 2017 @ 10am – May 7, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Glass smoking pipes —known as “functional glass” — occupy a marginal space in the art world due to their association with illicit activities. As a result, functional glass artists are rarely recognized for the creative problem-solving, innovation, and experimentation they invest in their art. This exhibit pushed the limits of artistic respectability by showcasing their work and embracing the challenges pipe makers face in their efforts to be accepted within the art world.

Please enjoy these photos from our Opening Event.

Photos provided by Nick Cosentino

You might also enjoy watching the very interesting panel discussion.


The panelists included:
Nick Vadala of Philly.com
• Jeremy Grant Levine, Pipe artist
• Slinger, Pipe artist
• Chris Baltz, Photographer, collector
• Terasina Bonanini, Gallery Director, Ruckus Gallery
• David King, Glass Artist and Teacher
• Wayne McDermott, Glass pipe maker, Rockstar Glass

Visit NLM on Presidents' Day

At NLM we explore how world leaders, fifth graders, and everyone in between has the power to Live Like a Hero! Join us this Presidents' Day Weekend to learn how our nation’s leaders have shaped the past, present, and future of freedom. Through our exhibits and interactive activities, you’ll explore pivotal points in history while discovering your place in the story of liberty. Learn more.

Now accepting nominations for our 2018 Teacher as Hero Awards

This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm®, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley. The public is invited to submit nominations. The winners are announced in March and receive their awards at a ceremony in early May. Learn more and nominate someone today

Awards of Valor

This annual awards program, presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS, honors police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious service. Learn more

Lecture by the Foreign Policy Research Institute

In the next session of our ongoing lecture series by FPRI, our guest is Samuel Helfont, a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East. He will discuss his new book, Compulsion in Religion: Saddam Hussein, Islam, and the Roots of Insurgencies, which investigates the religious insurgencies which erupted in Iraq following the American-led invasion in 2003. This lecture will be held on April 11 at 6:30pm. Learn more and register day.