Information about The Vintage Glasses Museum
The Vintage Glasses Museum
The Vintage Glasses Museum sits in the barangay of Sum-ag, which is located south of Bacolod City. This tourist attraction houses a collection of 2,000 pieces of vintage glassware that belong to Tomas Claridad Casiano, who is also called "Tomiko." Casiano is a former floral designer that worked in Beverly Hills, California, in the United States. While he worked with flowers for a living, he has been an avid collector of glassware over the years, which is evident from his wide array of glass objects. It took him a total of 20 years to gather around 90% of the glassware that is put on display in his museum.
The majority of Casiano's collection is made up of depression glass, which are glassware that were mass-produced and made with machines during the Great Depression in the 1900s. At the time, these glasswares were sold in bundles at very low prices as an incentive for buying the products. However, around the time the Great Depression ended in the 1960s, these glasswares became more popular with collectors as the production of these glasswares began shutting down. Today, rare pieces can easily sell for several hundred dollars. Another characteristic of these glasswares is that they were mostly clear, amber, pale blue, green, or pink. Meanwhile, some of the harder-to-find pieces were yellow, jadeite, ultramarine, cobalt blue, black, white, or amethyst.
How to get there
The museum is located along Lopez Jaena Street, close to the National Highway. Renting a private car or taking a taxi are the most convenient and fastest ways to reach the museum. Otherwise, you can also take public transportation such as a jeepney to see the collection of glassware. From Bacolod City, ride a jeepney bound for Punta Taytay and tell the driver that you will be getting off at the Munsterific Sum-ag Branch, which is located along the National Highway. From there, you can walk straight to the museum, which is about 110 meters away.
Best time to visit
The Vintage Glasses Museum accepts visitors all year round but does not allow walk-ins and requires tourists to book an appointment ahead of time. The museum is open from 10 AM to 4 PM every day except Monday. While the collection of glassware is displayed indoors, it is still recommended to visit during the dry season, which usually begins in December and lasts until late June, so that you can wander through the museum's lush gardens as well.