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Kokomo Opalescent Glass

1310 S. Market St. 
Kokomo, IN 46902

  Local Toll Free
Main Office (765) 457-8136 (877) 475-6329
Customer Service (765) 450-8696  
The OP Shop (765) 457-1829 (877) 703-4290
 
Please keep in mind we are in the Eastern Standard Time Zone when visiting us. 

Holiday Hours


September - Closed Labor Day - September 2, 2013

 November  - Closed Thanksgiving - November 28, 2013

 December  - Closed Christmas - December 25, 2013

Hours

Our retail store The OP Shop is open Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  For our glass artists, please keep in mind that our sheet glass & supplies area closes 30 minuests before the gift shop.

Tour Info

Take a tour of Kokomo Opalescent Glass and step back in time – you will see the fascinating technique of making art in art sheet glass form. We still manufacture our art sheet glass the same way it was made more than a century ago. In addition, you will see our glass blowers at work making anything from blown glass rondels to exclusive one of a kind blown glass paperweights and vases.

Once your tour is complete you will be given a gift from KOG!  We want your visit to Kokomo Opalescent Glass to be memorable and for you to take away a piece of history.  After you see how our glass is created, you can shop in our retail store - The OP Shop, tour guests spending $25.00 or more will be refunded thier tour fee!

Public Tours

The daily public tour is Monday - Friday at 10:00 AM Only.  The daily 10:00 AM tour is not given on holidays or weekends.  Our factory workers come in early and leave as soon as the daily public tour is finished. 

Private Tours

Private tours can be scheduled to take place between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM weekdays Monday - Friday, call (765) 457-1829 or (877) 703-4290 to schedule a private tour.

 Cost

 General Admission: $5       Student Admission: $2

Tour Release Form available for download and print.  

 

Requirements and Guidelines

Our factory is more than 125 years old and certain limitations and requirements apply. Please keep these items in mind when scheduling a tour.

  • Walkers are not permitted on the tour, they are welcomed in our retail shop.
  • Oxygen tanks are not permitted on the tour, they are welcomed in our retail shop.
  • Feet must be completely enclosed in thick soled shoes. No canvas, open toe, open heeled, flip-flops, or clog style shoes are permitted due to OSHA Safety Regulations.
  • If you are adversely affected by temperature extremes, you may decide to wait in our climate controlled gift shop.
  • The factory has no climate control, so you will need to dress for the weather. Temperatures vary greatly throughout the factory even in the winter, and can be extremely hot in the summer.

 

Tour Comments

We invite our tour guests to comment on thier tour.  Since guests come from a diverse background from families on vacation to artists wanting to see how the glass they work with is created.  Here are some of the comments:

"Very Interesting" - Jean & Marvin - Anderson, IN - December 2012

"Very interesting, we had no idea KOG made such an array of Glass Products.  What a treasure this is.  Amazing. - Russell & Heidi - West Bend, WI - December 2012

"Was very impressed with the tour.  Thank you very much." - Aaron - December 2012

"Our Church in Arcadia, Ohio is buying stained galss windows and the glass comes from this company." - Donna, Findlay, OH - November 2012

"This was great!  Like the TV Show "how it's made" in real life." - Becky, Whitestown, IN - November 2012

"So interesting & amazing.  Loved it." - Cynthia, Carmel, IN - November 2012

"Hidden treasure I never knew was here when I lived in Noblesville.  God Bless you all." - Jerry, Canover, NC - November 2012

"Cindy was the greatest tour guide I have ever had." - Kokomo, IN - November 2012

"So interesting & amazing. Loved it!" - Cynthia, Carmel, IN - November 2012

"Cindy was an excellent tour guide and her stories were very entertaining." - Oatres, Chicago, IL - November 2012

"Exceptionally interesting, informative, enjoyable and memorable." - Leon, Hillsboro, OH - October 2012

"Love glass items.  The process is so interesting.  Thank you for your time and contribution to American Made products." - Donna, Brownsburg, IN - October 2012

"I took a vacation day to come and it was a great use of the day." - Jean, Warsaw, IN - October 2012

"Our tour guide was informative and very enthuseastic, easy to understand and knowledgeable." - Sydney, Wolfeboro, NH - October 2012

"I am a marble collector and knew marbles were once made at Kokomo - looked on line and was empressed with the tour...everyone was plesant and very helpful.  Great group of employees."  - Martha, Scottsville, VA - August 2012

"It was a lot of fun and I am going to come back." - Megan, Kokomo, IN - August 2012

We will definitely tell many people about this place!  Thank you SO MUCH! - Kyra, Noblesville, IN - August 2012

"Really gave me a new appreciation for glass." - Robert, Ft. Wayne, IN - August 2012

"Extreamely well done tour.  One of the best I've ever taken!  So informative and guide was extremely knowledgeable." - Jenny, St. Louis, MO - July 2012

"Pretty cool, the people who work here are very knowledgable and cool." - Matt, New Carlisle, OH - July 2012

"It is great that you open up what you do so that we can share it too!" - Theresa, Dayton, OH - July 2012

"Great tour, all employees including tour guide & shop personel were very friendly including the owner.  Great job everyone!" - Alan, Bristol, IN - July 2012

"I enjoyed watching the various craftspeople makning the different types of glass" - Marjorie, Edwardsville, IL - July 2012

"Best glass tour so far." - Cathy, St. Clair, MO - July 2012

"Very informative.  Have been to other factories & your was ver very good." - July 2012

"Excellent tour.  Very Interesting.  I will bring people back for another tour."  Anita, Indianapolis, IN - July 2012

"One of the most interesting tours I've ever been on (including 2 recent segway tours & a DC Suprem Court tour). - Edrie, Little Canada, MN - July 2012

"I wish more people knew aobut this place and will do my best to tell people and guide the here." - Matt, W. Lafayette, IN - July 2012

"Excellent!  Thank you so much!  Gave me a new respect for the industry and the prices charged - What a special gift and talent your workers have!" - Laura, Fishers, IN - July 2012

"Very informative.  The water was an unexpected suprise.  Very caring and professional staff.  Everyone was friendly and helpful." - Chuck, Fishers, IN - July 2012

"Excellent tour, just right detail and timing, full of key stages, explanations, and information." - Frances, Cloughey, United Kingdom - July 2012

"I would come back, I have a friend who does stained glass windows.  She would love this tour." - July 2012

I enjoyed the tour.  We love watching glass being made." - Mike, Roscoe, NY - July 2012

 

"(Mystery Club Tour)  This was faboulus - Fascinating.  So amazed to lear about it and to get so close to the process." - Jim, Goshen, IN - June 2012

"Great explanation of the entire history and process of glass making." - Jason, Olivehurst, CA - June 2012

"Seeing the glass being made was very cool.  I also love seeing what can be created with the glass." - Katrina, Stillwater, OK - June 2012

"The factory was stepping back in time." - Jen, Wabash, IN - June 2102

"Very Informative all your employees were very gracious in answering our questions." - Ann, Fishers, IN - June 2012

"Fantastic, worth the 100 mile drive" - Casey, Bloomington, IN - June 2012

"Very informative and very interesting." - Barbara, Kokomo, IN - June 2012

"Cant' wait to come back." - Rex, Newton, IA - June 2012

"Excellent - enjoyed the 'old' factory." - Donna, Danville, IN - May 2012

"Excellent.  I planned tour for sisters visiting from Peru, California, and South Dakota.  They were thrilled with experience.  I was a hero!" - Devita, Peru, IN - May 2012

"Have a cardinal suncatcher received as a gift a few years ago - purchased from OP Shop - now have greater appreciation for it." - Riis, Pierre, South Dakota - May 2012

"It was the best tour I can remember taking!" - Tania, Hidden Hills, CA - May 2012

"Cindy did great!  We are looking forward to coming back.  This was a fun day & she recommended Pastarific for lunch & it was great too!" - Amy, Lebanon, IN - May 2012

"It was an experience I will never forget!" - Taylor, Kokomo, IN - May 2012

"Gives you a new appreciation of what glass is worth." - Barbara, Gas City, IN - May 2012

"Thank you so much for a great tour and your kindness.  This is a great way to spend the day." Liz, Anderson, IL - May 2012

"Thoroughly enjoyed the tour.  Did not realize what it takes to make glass." - Theresa, Belvidere, IL - April 2012

"LOVED THE TOUR.  BEST TOUR I EVER WENT ON!" - Sharon, Kalamazoo, MI - April 2012

"Wonderful experience with my daughter & grandchildren.  Thanks for a good time." - Carol Ann, Kokomo, IN - April 2012

"Very interesting, allowed enough time to watch the artisans and to ask questions." - Charlanne, Clyde, NY - April 2012

"A great tour!  Absolutely met my expectations as a glass artist and KOG user." - Ray, Minneapolis, MN - April 2012

"I loved it here.  I hope I can come back and do it again!" - Dylan, Kokomo, IN - April 2012

"I love what yo do.  I hope you never stop making glass, it changes peoples lives. - Diana, Kokomo, IN - April 2012

"We were very impressed that the CEO gave us a tour.  He was awsome & should get a big raise!" - Lyle, Pontiac, IL - April 2012

"Very personable, Extreamly informative, Wonderful to see quality handmande local products." - Emily, Wheaton, IL - March 2012

"Great!  Terrific History!" - Martha, Kokomo, IN - March 2012

"Linda and I enjoyed the personal touch everyone gave us doing the tour.  The pride in all you do definately comes through!" - Dan & Linda, Zionsville, IN - March 2012

"Great!  Will come back with friends & Family." - Jeni, Kokomo, IN - February 2012

"Excellent, everyone should come & enjoy.  Interesting to all ages." - Mike & Mary, Frankfort, IN - February 2012

"It was a good, thorough, interesting tour, and Carrie did a great job.  All the workers willingly answered our many questions.  Thanks for the free gift, too!"  - Kim, Noblesville, IN - February 2012

"LOVED IT!!  Don't change a thing...My dad is a stained glass artisan and I will definately have to bring him here for a tour sometime soon."  Michaela, Pittsburgh, PA - January 2012

"I find it amazing tht with only 33 employees work to put out the volumn that you produce.  Everyone was most helpful and friendly.  Loved the tour.  Thinking about coming back for a class."  - Barb, Kimberling City, MO - January 2012

"I enjoyed everything & Found the History very Interesting.  Everyone was very helpful & friendly." - Carol, Kimberling City, MO - January 2012

"Was here once before - Hope I'll be back again" - Mina, Greenwood, IN - January 2012

When asked what did you like most on the tour? "The guide, the information, the hospitality." - Joy, Eventon, IL, August 2011

"Love seeing the skill and hard work of people. - Great Tour!" - Joan, Megdon, WI, - August 2011

"It was Awesome!!!" - Danville, IN - August 2011

"Great Job!  I'll be bringing my family back!" - Sasha, Wolcott, IN - August 2011

"This was one of the neatest experiences my husband and I have ever had.  Thanks so much for the opportunity to tour your factory.  One can certainly ee the pride everyone we met takes in their work!  We'll be back someday!"  - Bob & Cheryl, Lancaster, PA

"Great tour guide.  Very welcoming staff.  Informative & fun.  So happy to see an American company thrive!" - Julia, Lafayette,IN - March 2011

"Thank you so much - amazing details shared.  So thrilled to see your artits at work!" - Jen, West Lafayette, IN March 2011

"This was a wonderful tour!  I really enjoyed it!" - Diane, Columbus, IN - March 2011

"Liked the different tour guides - second time! - Karen, Fort Wayne, IN - March 2011

"The info & knowledge of our guide...This was the best ever!  I really learned about glass for the 1st time!'
-Linda, Battle Creek, MI - September 2010

"One of the most interesting things I've done in Indiana to date.  Gathering geodes a close second."
-George, Eustis, FL - September 2010

"Cindy was great & so enthusiastic & knowledgable.  It was great to see real craftsmen at work esp in the glass blowing & see a USA product & not made in china.  This is what makes our country "great"."
-Harold, Kokomo, IN - September 2010

"Every step of the way.  It was explained in excellent everyday language."
-Beverly, Madison, WI - September 2010

"I had no idea how widely known KOG was.  It is really fantastic to see something still made in America and sold worldwide.  Thanks!"
-Tom, Lafayette, IN - August 2010

"Very informative, wonderful to meet the artisans and workmen - they seem to enjoy each other and work in harmony.  KOG has a great history, well organized with ownderful work ethic."
-Christie, Paris, IL - August 2010

"This was one of the neatest tours Ii have been on.  I wish we had one of these in Huston."
-Olaya, Huston, TX - August 2010

"It ws so nice to have John.  You know how much he loved this business.  No doubt it will go far.  We'll send our friends for the tour, great job"
-Chris, Plymouth, IN - July 2010

"Wonderful.  Learned something new.  A place and it's history I did not even know existed.  I will spread the word whenever possible!"
-John, Lakeland, FL - July 2010

"Seeing the making of the glass makes us value and understand the purchase cost!  We liked that made in th eU.S.A. was stressed as a point of pride.  Your company is a source of honor for Kokomo"
-Annamarie, Russiaville, IN - July 2010

"So impressed with outstanding customer service and the friendly attitude of all the employees."
-Linda, Wabash, IN - July 2010

"Time well spent!  Hope to come back and bring others!"
-Renee, Fishers, IN - July 2010

"The tour was fabulus.  We learned so much!  I'm ver glad our family stopped to visit."
-Rich, Raleigh, NC - July 2010

"Very interesting and informative. I've always admired the glass, but now that I know how complicated it is to make it, I will appreciate it even more"
- Marcia, Charottesville, IN - June 2010

"I will be back with family & friends"
—Sam, Mexico, IN - June 2010

"I believe Carrie did a wonderful & informative tour."
—Terrie, Chelsea, MI June 2010

"I would highly reccomend the tour again to anyone!!!  Thank you for making it worth the drive."
—Robert, Bargersville, IN June 2010

"Good Tour - well worth the visit."
—Anonymous - June 2010

"Wonderfully hidden gem close to home."
—Jill, Carmel, IN - January 2013

"Great Job!!  Very Inspired to make my own piece."
—Connie, Greentown, IN - January 2013

"The tour Rocked, can't wait to see the glassblowers blowing glass next time!!!"
—Deanna , Albion, IN - January 2013

"This was very interesting and enjoyable."
—Mark & Barbara, Fort Wayne, IN - January 2013

"Very much enjoyed our tour.  We are staying for bead making class."
— Barbara, Rolling Prairie, IN - January 2013

"It was highly interesting.  Terrific that you ship world wide."
— Joelyn, Carmel, IN - January 2013

"Great Tour, lots of funn!!  David was fun!!"
— Ileanor, Indianapolis, IN - January 2013

"5, 5, 5, 5!!!!  No complaints!!.  It was very interesting, a very neat business, and Carrie was excellent."
— Jane, Cassopolis, MI - January 2013

"Very interesting and nice to know you lead making glass."
— Sandra, Kokomo, IN - January 2013

"David did a great job and made sure we understood what was going on at each place we stopped.  He gave very good information and is hilarious!"
— Colin, Jonesboro, IN - January 2013

"Excellent!!!  Highly recommend!!"
— Kimberly, Cicero, IN - January 2013

"Fantastic and will highly recommend!!!"
— Jennifer, Remington, IN - January 2013

"This was incredible!!"
— Bethany, Kokomo, IN - February 2013

"It's beyond amazing that this exists in Kokomo.  Let's keep it running!!"
— Junes, Kokomo, IN - February 2013

"Would definitely come back!!"
— Mary Ann, Peru, IN - February 2013

"It's beyond amazing that this exists in Kokomo.  Keep it running!!"
— Yunes, Kokomo, IN - February 2013

"Wonderful Tour!!  Everyone seems to love their job!  Also - so glad we had a change to purchase stuff in the Op Shop!!"
— Jan, Lafayette, IN - February 2013

"Very Great Tour!  Kids learned a lot, and guide was fun and personable.  Very knowledgeable, LOVED IT!!!"
— Jennifer, Kokomo, IN - February 2013

"David was especially great with the children when we were on the tour!  Very interesting, there's a lot to it!"
— Pamelia, Westfield, IN - February 2013

"Excellent!  It was very nice to have the CEO address our tour group at the end."
— Pam & Jim, Lafayette, IN - March 2013

"I found it intriguing how the whole process worked.  Never had a clue!"
— Jana, Nappanee, IN - March 2013

"It was neat to watch.  Interesting to see how many steps one needs to make glass.  Really liked the rainbow room!"
— Sarah, Highpoint, NC - March 2013

"I plan to come back over for Christmas gifts, nice gift store.  Thank you for our gift of glass."
— Sherry, Monticello, IN - March 2013

"Loved our tour guide David!  You could tell he loves his job and took extra time with us."
— Ann, Monticello, IN - March 2013

"Very informative, the employees were very hard working, factory was neat and organized."
— Jennifer, Converse, IN - March 2013

"Been using your glass since 1999, love the textures!"
— Becky & Steve, Howell, MI - March 2013

"Excellent content!  Great History and demonstrations, it was wonderful!"
— Joanne, St. Joseph, MI - March 2013

"Answered all questions I had - I knew nothing about glass making before this tour - Thanks!"
— Anne, Morris, IL - April 2013

"I will be back, it was an incredible time for me!"
— Katy, Crawfordsville, IN - April 2013

"Totally worth the stop!   Hard to find the words to explain how awesome this place is!"
— Leah, Juneau, AK - April 2013

"Informative and Fun:) Enjoyed each room and everyone was friendly and eager to share."
— Stephanie, Golden, CO - April 2013

"Can appreciate all my glassware and paperweights, vases, etc.   Very informative, liked all the trivia!"
— Lanelle, Maryville, IL - April 2013

"Simply fascinating!   May our Lord bless you and prosper you with all the blessings of Abraham"
— Anne, Greentown, IN - April 2013

"So very interesting!   David did an excellent tour for us - I had no idea Kokomo had such an interesting & amazing place - Thank-you!"
— Susan, Amboy, IN - April 2013

"The tour was very thorough - Everything was explained very well and understandable because she took her time!"
— Claudia, Rensselaer, IN - April 2013

"5 Stars! n&bsp; Awesome!   Will be back to shop more!"
— Shonda, Ann Arbor, MI - May 2013

"It was very informational and extremely interesting!"
— Beth, Kokomo, IN - May 2013

"Great Tour, very customer oriented.   Very helpful!"
— Laura, Indianapolis, IN - May 2013

"Amazing Tour!   Will definately be back to pick out some beautiful glass!"
— Megan, Chicago, IL - May 2013

"Excellent Tour!   Better than the tour I took 2 years ago!"
— Larry, Tucson, AZ - May 2013

"Great Tour - Very informative and exciting!"
— Janet, West Lafayette, IN - May 2013

"Excellent!   Very interesting tour.  Everyone is very helpful, friendly, and enthusiastic.  Went out of their way to show us all operations.  Employees seemed very proud of their company and their work.  Was impressed that CEO took time to speak with us.  Love the "Made In America" pride!"
— Jan, Wenona, IL - June 2013

"Excellent!  I truly appreciate your history, tradition, and the beautiful product!"
— Sherry, Pendleton, IN - June 2013

"Wonderful, I absolutely loved it! I want a job here!! lol I will like you all on facebook, have a great dat!!"
— Becky, Culver, IN - June 2013

"Wonderful and Informative! Thank you, this was a wonderful gift!"
— Sue, Kokomo, IN - June 2013

"Overall the tour was great.  Very, Very informative, and was fun!  I have done & been in many factories, and this one I would rate as one of the top tours, Thank-You!"
— Dennis, Cutler, IN - June 2013

"The tour was great!  I had a lot of fun! It was a great way to spend my morning, Thank-you!"
— Kaylyn, White, IN - June 2013

"I thought it was fun and I learned a lot from this experience."
— Alyssa, Temecula, CA - July 2013

"It was very interesting and cool to see how much time and details it takes to make a certain piece."
— Julia, Fort Wayne, IN - July 2013

"Wish it was the Battle Creak Opalescent Glass Co.!   I loved the creativity and the customer service was super!"
— David, Battle Creek, MI - July 2013

"Very nice tour - nice group size - very good touring - not too rushed!"
— Judy, Kouts, IN - July 2013

"It was great!   Brought relatives from pennsylvania to take the tour!   They loved it!"
— Chuck, Kokomo, IN - July 2013

"Very interesting "art"!   Beautiful finished products!!"
— Carlene, Kokomo, IN - July 2013

"Wonderful information, relaxed atmosphere, very friendly and kind people!"
— Alice, Sebring, FL - July 2013

"What a great facility!   We loved being able to see so many of your operations up close and personal!   What a great time!"
— Michelle, Bettendork, IA - August 2013

"Very nice, very informative!   I have a new appreciation for your art!"
— Judy, Scottsville, KY - August 2013

"Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and had very interesting stories! "
— Michelle, Bettendork, IA - August 2013

"I enjoyed learning and watching, and of course loved the free gift! "
— Syd, Carmel, IN - August 2013

"It was wonderful hearing the history of the company! "
— Sandi, Peru, IN - August 2013

"Excellent Tour!  Fascinating to see the whole process, truly Amazing! "
— Melanie, Russiaville, IN - August 2013

"Retirement gives you time to slow down & enjoy these little gems close to home.   Awesome tour, simply fascinating! "
— John, Martinsville, IN - August 2013

"We will definitely pass the word along to other glass artist and friends from Kalamazoo!   Thanks for the savings on glass with the return of the tour price!"
— Sheri, Kalamazoo, MI - August 2013

"Great, Interesting, Informative, and Wonderfully Helpful People!"
— Dave, Muncie, IN - August 2013

"Fantastic, eye-opening, informative, relational, warm and welcoming.   Great public relations"
— Bryn, Muncie, IN - August 2013

"It was a very informative and fun tour!  David is a happy guide. Fantastic Time!"
— David, Star City, IN - August 2013

"Excellent, Left me in Augh!!"
— Ruby, Kokomo, IN - September 2013

"Our Tour guide was super!   She was extremely knowledgeable, and all employees seem to really love their job!"
— Gayle, Hubor Heights, OH - September 2013

"Everyone was very caring and kind offering a chair to sit in and watching us to make sure we weren't getting too hot.   To be greated at the end by the head man is very special.   Will let others know, This is the Tour to take!!"
— Carol, Lebanon, IN - September 2013

"We really enjoyed our tour guide and the way explained the process!   "
— Rhonda, Delmar, IA - September 2013

"Love the place and everyone was very helpful and very nice!   Will be back for class."
— Ashley, Peru, OH - September 2013

"Loved the entire tour!   Our tour guide was very imformative and loved that an artist was our guide!"
— Susan, Harrod, OH - September 2013

"Loved the Tour!   Our tour guide was so interesting, and her personal passion for the craft made the tour very enjoyable!"
— Lee & Judy, Hunington, OH - September 2013

"Amazing Tour!   Everyone seemed super nice!"
— Max & Susan, Columbus, OH - October 2013

"I loved hearing how Kokomo Opalescent Glass got started.   Favorite part was the glass blowers!"
— Barbra, Kokomo, IN - October 2013

"Best tour I've ever taken!  So much history and beautiful glass!"
— Mark, Evansville, IN - November 2013

"Pretty fun for the whole family, our kids we're so excited to see the hot glass!"
— The Jensen Family, Cincinnati, OH - November 2013

"Very fascinating, exciting, and very welcoming! Our tour guide was amazing!"
— Grace, Kokomo, IN - November 2013

"Delightful, educational with many charming characters to show off!"
— Joy, Nunith, MI - December 2013

"Great time!  Very educational"
— Cindy, Jackson, MI - December 2013

"Enjoyed watching transfer of glass from furnace!"
— Nick, IN - December 2013

"Great tour, wonderful facility and employees!"
— Elizabeth, Arcadia, IN - December 2013

"It was wonderful.   Great tour guide and friendly glass workers!"
— Matt, Lancaster, CA - December 2013

"Excellent!   Our tour guide was superb.  Really appreciate the microphone she wore."
— Vivian, Brookston, IN - January 2014

"Overall evaluation, very neat place, enjoyed learning how everything works!"
— Genty, Kokomo, IN - January 2014

"Great job!  The individual care and personal interaction with tour guide and artists was great!  My students loved the experience and special gifts at the end!  Thanks!"
— Tina, Kokomo, IN - January 2014