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Museum of Glass, Tacoma

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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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  • The entire museum was impressive, but I had a particularly good time watching the current glass artist work on their projects live with a commentator for the audience. I learned a lot and came away wi...  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful glass pieces in the ceiling of the bridge adjacent to the museum along with works in the wall of same. It appeared we were looking up at a beautiful tropical ocean ...  more »
  • While I went mainly to see Chihuly pieces there was much more offered. The glass blowing demonstration was the best I've ever seen (far outweighed Murano, Italy) was interactive and lengthy with many ...  more »
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  • For a smaller museum, they have so much to offer. The have an exhibit room that is constantly changing artists, styles of glass art... just about all things glass. They have a theater showing movies about glass and artists. The have a hot shop (glass artists blowing glass live) that has guest artists creating amazing pieces of glass live with a host explaining the process and taking questions. You sit in theater style seats above everything. I can spend hours watching this. There are kid programs. There is an amazing program that picks one child's art each month and recreates their vision into glass. They are so amazing and probably life changing for that child. The artist makes two; one to display art the museum and one for the child to take home. So freaking amazing!!
  • May be this is a nice place, but it is fraud nevertheless. They closed their major Chihuly gallery, which is pretty much the only good reason to go there, but when selling tickets they would say "one of minor galleries is closed, you are getting $5 discount because of that". This was just a ripoff - we would not want to go there with their big gallery closed. When after the fact we complained that there is not much to look at, they said: "what about the bridge? there is a lot of glass art there". Indeed, the bridge was awesome - many pieces of glass artwork, beautiful, wonderful. One little detail - the bridge is not a part of the museum, and is available to the public at no cost. So, basically, they were charging fee for the free public exhibits that are not theirs to begin with. Very disappointing.
  • Attended on a Sunday. Parking was free as it was street parking on the weekends. If you're a student be sure to bring your ID as we get a discount. We went kind of slow but still saw the museum within 20 minutes. The demonstration was cool however the room is very warm I would say hot even so it was maybe a 15-minute thing before you walked out. If you think it's too expensive honestly just seeing the art on the bridge is more than enough.
  • A very unique gallery with wonderful art and artists. There is a working glass blowing exhibit that runs during the day (it is hot in there!). There was a movie theater showing the artist's journey to make the pieces that were on display. The gift shop is spendy but admission is fairly priced. A bistro exists within the building but we did not eat. Great experience and don't forget to walk across the bridge of glass outside the museum as there are multiple pieces on display!
  • Although the Museum itself is absolutely wonderful and admittedly worthy of 5 stars, I personally feel as though the whole thing was rather small. They had free art classes on the free Museum day that I went and you can view glass blowers live as they work in the studio, that was pretty interesting to watch. Some of the art was extraordinary and quite beautiful. The stairs up to the bridge are plentiful so expect to have to climb a while before you can get to see it. It's worth it though, definitely.
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