Museum of Glass, Tacoma
Categories: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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You can watch they blowing glass which is spectacular extremely fascinating... well worth the price of admission (I was able to get a military discount using my retiree ID card) But I was surprised th... read more »
I love glass, I’m a really Chihuly fan (its why I went to Tacoma) but what David Hutchhausen does with glass blew me away. If you go,explore all angles of the pieces like peering into cutout areas. I ... read more »
I visit this place every time I'm in town. It has a calming beauty that i crave and leaves me in awe. Chihuly glass art in incredible. It's also fun when you can catch a demonstration at the museum. T... read more »
Debbie Van Straten
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 rugged steps to access front door. Don't try if you have trouble walking. Handicapped access limited. Watched two people fall. Museum is very interesting and the working glass factory unique.
The hot shop was amazing to watch. I wish there were more than one person working. After about 20 mins, they stopped for lunch. I was glad we went there first. There was some cool displays, but really felt like there should have been more to see. I enjoyed the kids drawings that were made in glass. On the bridge going over the train tracks was actually more art displayed than in the museum and the glass ceiling was so beautiful. Both of these last two things are free. I'm glad we went, but probably won't pay to go in again. The free things are special to see again though!
Interesting place! The art Gallery is good, but what gives this place a real "Makers COOL Factor", , is the "live glass blowing". This is way cool! The live glass is blown in a auditorium/workshop/stage that offers the visitor a Stadium Seat while the Artist in Residence creates with molten glass? The venue offers a informative Info Graphics that plays on the 2 movie screens. Info about history of glass, how it's colored, how it's made, it's uses, and other cool stuff! There is a staff member who walks around the seating area asking if you have any questions. And these folks got Ph.D knowledge of the chemistry, applications, process and the Art of Glass! Gift Shop was moderately Priced, Way Better Than Chihuly in Seattle (Over F-ing Priced 😵)!
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.
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