A little over 30 years ago, a collection of stained glass windows pulled from churches in disrepair marked for demolition started in a Texas garage. Now that collection has grown into a museum.
An excerpt from the upcoming Stained Glass Quarterly:
In San Juan, Texas, across the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle, a new state-of-the-art museum is rising into the skyline. The Gelman Stained Glass Museum represents a collection of over 140 stained glass windows salvaged, purchased, or donated from all over the country.
Over the last several years, construction has been underway to build a facility to house such a large collection of sacred glass works. The Gelman Stained Glass Museum is the only museum in the world whose architecture features the Cathedral Latin Cross cruciform of European medieval cathedrals. Such a sacred backdrop is fitting for the museum’s antique stained-glass windows, which are religious relics rescued from churches that have, woefully, fallen into disrepair and dilapidation.
The Gelman Stained Glass Museum invites you to their inaugural organ concert on November 28th, 2021. It will be an evening of music with internationally renowned concert organist Dan Miller. Immerse yourself in this organ solo concert in an intimate setting that effectively replicates the acoustics of European medieval cathedrals. Let the brilliance of the stained-glass windows surround as you enjoy the best organ music in the nation played on our newest piece to our collection, a Rodgers four-keyboard organ.
Doors open at 5:00 pm. Tickets begin at $25.
Location: 411 Virgen de San Juan Boulevard, San Juan, Texas, 78589
To purchase tickets: Click here for a list of their upcoming events (opens new window).
For more information about this gorgeous museum, visit their website at www.gelmanmuseum.org (opens new window).
To read more about this and see more beautiful photographs of some of the collections inside the museum - Make sure to check out the article in the next issue of the Stained Glass Quarterly.
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