Blaschka Glass

Find out about the National Museum of Ireland's Blaschka Glass Models collections

Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka of Dresden, Germany made glass models of marine invertebrates for the Museum in the late 19th Century. These are popular exhibits and very important in the history of natural history model making. The Museum holds over 500 pieces and has undertaken research on the conservation of these delicate objects. There are several publications about this collection, and papers from a Blaschka conference in Dublin have been published in the journal Historical Biology.

Online Resource

University College Dublin's dedicated Blaschka Models website 


  • Monaghan, N.T., Sigwart, J.D. and McGuinness, C.A. (2006) Blaschka glass models. National Museum of Ireland, Dublin. €3 from the Museum shop
  • Walshe, D. and Monaghan, N.T. (2003) The collection of Blaschka Glass Models in the Natural History Museum, Dublin. Museum Ireland 13: 43-48
  • Monaghan, N.T. (2003) Modelling nature. Irish Arts Review Winter 2003: 120-123
  • Proceedings of the Dublin Blaschka CongressHistorical Biology vol. 20 issue 1, 2008