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Museum of Glass, Tacoma

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Must see · Art Museum · Specialty Museum
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Museum of Glass and many more Tacoma attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Tacoma online trip planner.
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  • Went here with my cousins as we heard so many things about it and thought it would be a nice way to spend the morning. Big mistake! We ended up spending the whole day here and none of us were sorry...  more »
  • Watching a master glass blower and his team working in the Hot Shop is always a wonderful experience. Add to that the wonderful exhibits and a beautiful gift shop gives you hours of art...  more »
  • Often before I write a review I read what others thought by way of comparing our experience. I was amazed anyone could rate this place "poor," but as members I forget it's not an inexpensive place...  more »
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  • The Glass Museum is really unique in that they have a "hot shop" that you can sit and watch the artists blow glass. There is a docent that explains the equipment and process which makes for a really interesting experience. There are some nice pieces and the traveling exhibit changes so there is often something new to look at. It is smaller than I thought, however, still worth a visit. Bring your AAA card for a discount.
  • We went here yesterday and I would highly recommend this museum. It's native american focused and I found it to be very interesting and relaxing. Some of the wart work is amazing and worth seeing. I suggest going out and exploring around the museum as well they have hidden areas of glass to explore. I suggest walking to the bridge behind it and looking at the glass walls and ceilings.
  • Awesome works of glass, though only one gallery was open at the time. But there was a visiting glass artist and they were making a piece with the audience watching, way cool, so that made up for the gallery issue. And we participated in a fusion glass class to create our own pieces of art.
  • I have a membership and go to the museum fairly often. I always enjoy myself but the current show, Preston Singletary's Raven and the Box of Daylight is exceptional. Give yourself extra time and read the artists' statements. The museum staff is uniformly well informed and always add to my experience. This visit I enjoyed sharing perspectives with the staff member in the gift shop.
  • Modern building, in a museum area of the city, reached easily by the free Tacoma light rail transit system. Has a few free exhibits outside (the bridge has two sets of display, taking advantage of natural light). To me, the museum's main exhibit is it's Hot Shop, where active glass artists are creating actual artworks while observers are seated in risers in a half-circle facing the ovens and kilns (if that is the right word) used to heat the glass. The audience may have a narrator with a mike who is describing what the artists and art-assistants are doing, and explaining a little about how they do it. There are samples of the final work being created to the side, giving you and idea of where the artist is going with the glob of glass they are working on. (Glass artists often work in a series, varying colors, techniques, details, etc. to create several variations on their final product.). The museum has one very small historic display in the large lobby, and one current static display available - one artist, or one school of technique. It has a gift shop, and has classes (multi-age) that can be completed in about 45 minutes, with the end-product given to you before you leave!

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