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On Demand Tours
Choose from either a Science or History themed behind-the-scenes tour of the Glassworks!
To book your tour, contact Lilith Silva, Public Programs Manager at
02 6185 0382 or email@example.com
Duration 45 min | Tour min 15 max 45
Take a behind the scenes tour of the Canberra Glassworks. As the first public building in Canberra, the Kingston Powerhouse was instrumental in providing electricity for the building of the new capital. Now re-purposed into an important arts facility within the historic building, this tour tells the story of the building where visitors can discover the remaining features of its previous industrial use and gain an understanding of the different equipment and workshops in its current form.
History Tour & Tile
Duration 2 hrs | Tour min 15 max 45
Beginning with a behind-the-scenes historical tour of the Glassworks, participants will have the opportunity to explore the many ways we work and create with glass in this beautiful, heritage listed building. Tour guides will lead the group through the incredible space and tell the story of the Glassworks and then engage participants in a hands-on workshop to cut, design and arrange glass to make a coloured glass tile of their own design.
Duration 1 hr | Tour min 15 max 45
Uncover the inner workings of the glassmaking facility as the science of glass in art, industry everyday life is explored. Students will see a demonstration of glass blowers in action in the Hotshop demonstration accompanied by an interactive commentary about all the processes and uses of glass as an essential component of 21st century technology.
Science Tour & Tile
Duration 2 HRS| Tour min 15 max 45
Experience science from a different perspective in the Hotshop at the Canberra Glassworks. Participants will uncover the science of glass in action with commentary from our tour guides as our artists demonstrate the art of glass blowing. Afterwards, the guides will then engage participants in a hands-on workshop to cut, design and arrange glass to make a coloured glass tile of their own design.