Stifel Fine Arts Center & School of Dance: 304-242-7700
Schrader Center: 304-242-6855
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About Oglebay Institute
Oglebay Institute was formed in 1930 when a group of like-minded citizens, armed with the vision and the philanthropy of the Oglebay family, came together to "contribute to the joy of living" by creating cultural, education and recreational programming in the city's newly acquire Oglebay Park.
Since that time the Institute has grown to include six facilities throughout Wheeling - The Mansion Museum, The Glass Museum, The Stifel Fine Arts Center, Towngate Theatre and Cinema, The Schrader Environmental Education Center and the School of Dance - and offers hundreds of community and school programs in the city, county, region and state. These institute-sponsored programs annually give entertainment and instruction in the arts, history and nature to more than 120,000 people of all ages.
The Stifel Fine Arts Center brings experiences in visual and performing arts to the public though changing art exhibitions, live music, wine & beer tastings and a wide variety of classes for children and adults.
Oglebay Institute's School of Dance offers more classes for all ages than any other studio in the region. Classes include ballet, tap, jazz hip-hop, ballroom dancing and personal fitness.
The Stifel Fine Arts Center and School of Dance accommodates the mobility impaired.
Located in Oglebay Park, the Schrader Center is a model for Green Architecture and offers something for nature lovers of all ages. Attractions include the A.B. Brooks Discovery trail System, Children's Awareness Area, EarthTrek Exhibit Hall and the Corson Wildflower and Butterfly Garden.
Educational programs, including classes and camps, are offered seasonally; all taught by the region's foremost naturalists and environmental educators.
The Schrader Center accommodates the mobility impaired. Assisted listening devices available for the hearing impaired.
The Museums of Oglebay Institute
Purchased by Colonel Earl W. Oglebay in 1900 as his summer retreat, the Mansion Museum features period antiques and depicts Wheeling's history from Pioneer times through the Victorian era.
The Glass Museum features 3,000 examples of Wheeling glass and china made from 1820-1939, including the famous Sweeney Punch Bowl, the largest piece of cut glass in the world. Glassblowing demonstrations and workshops are also a highlight of the museum.
The Museums of Oglebay Institute accommodate the mobility and visually impaired.
Located in Wheeling's historic Centre Market district, this church-turned-theater offers a yearly season of plays for adults and children, while serving as a creative and educational center for thespians of all ages. Towngate also showcases critically acclaimed films, available nowhere else in the region, as well as favorite local musicians and bands.
Towngate Theatre accommodates the mobility impaired. Assisted listening devices available for the hearing impaired.