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Museum of Glass, Tacoma

(3.8/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web)
See objects of all shapes, sizes, and colors at Museum of Glass. As you approach the museum from downtown, you'll cross a bridge of glass. The bridge contains towers made of large crystal pieces, a ceiling with 2,364 glass objects resembling an underwater world, and a wall filled with 109 glass sculptures. Inside the museum, you'll see several permanent exhibits, such as a kids' design collection and numerous rotating exhibits. Visit the Hot Shop amphitheater where glass blowing demonstrations take place. Check out glass souvenirs at the gift shop. Plan to visit Museum of Glass during your Tacoma vacation using our convenient Tacoma holiday planner.
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  • We were traveling in a large group....about 12 of us .....and once we got to this place we were able to each find a fabulous experience. The little kids went into a kids studio where they drew images ...  more »
  • I visited the Museum randomly on a quick trip to Tacoma and am really glad I did. The artwork is absolutely amazing and breathtaking. They also do demonstrations of glass blowing, which was incredibly...  more »
  • This is a very unique museum. We loved the hot shop! It was very educational and the artists were friendly.  more »
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  • Really amazing art, you won't believe what can be done with glass. Super and unique items in a well stocked gift shop too, both useful and decorative. BEST was the gallery where I could sit awhile and watch the art being created, along with explanations of the process and equipment. Worthwhile stop. See the glass art bridge while you're there.
  • Beautiful artwork, and they do a great job of highlighting the works of many different artists, some well-known, some not so much. Prices are fair, and if you belong to the Pierce County Library system, you can get in for free. The highlight of the museum is, in my opinion, their workshop, where you can observe visiting artists at work. It's fascinating.
  • If you love art and beautiful things. The Museum of Glass has some of the best works I've seen. It's mesmerizing.
  • I visited the glass museum for the second time on Labor Day Weekend, Sunday, September 4. I was disappointed on two accounts. First, the interactive area has been removed and I was planning to enjoy it with the nine year old I had with me. Then, I was treated most rudely by the facilitator in the glass demonstrating auditorium. Prior to the show, they had made a small, glass horse. I asked him if it was for sale. He abruptly responded "no". Then, I said something like I wanted to buy it for the little girl with me as she loves horses. He responded, "So does every kid here." Geez. I was quite sensitive and walked out. My guests stayed a little longer and then, came to find me. I talked to the manager, Tom, and he proceeded to tell me that they are often ask by guests if they can buy something that was made and they get tired of the question, explaining that is why he facilitator might have answered it rudely, saying he shouldn't have. It all sounded like an excuse to me. Then, he went on to say that if I wanted, he would give me a free ticket to return. In other words, he gave me permission to ask for a ticket to return. I didn't. So disappointed; ruined our experience.
  • Very awesome museum. The glass blowing studio is incredible to watch glass art being made. Really cool exhibits that seem to get rotated fairly often, so there's always something new to see.