Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma

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The Tacoma Art Museum is a museum in Tacoma, Washington emphasizing art and artists from the Northwest and broader western region. Founded in the 1935, the museum has strong roots in the community and anchors Tacoma’s downtown university and museum district.HistoryThe Tacoma Art Museum developed out of the Tacoma Art League, an informal gathering that began around 1891. In the 1930s, it was renamed the Tacoma Art Society, before finally becoming the Tacoma Art Museum 1964. The museum is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting the visual arts of the American Northwest, with the mission of bringing people together through art. The museum’s permanent collection includes the premier collection of Tacoma local Dale Chihuly’s glass artwork on permanent public display.In 1971, the L. T. Murray family (owners of the Murray Pacific Northwest timber company) gave the Tacoma Art Museum a three-story building at 12th Street and Pacific Avenue. Built in 1922, the building at 1123 Pacific Avenue previously housed the National Bank of Tacoma. In May 2003, the Tacoma Art Museum moved from this location into a new, 50,000 square foot (4,650 m²) building located at 1701 Pacific Avenue, which was designed by Antoine Predock. Nearly twice the size of its previous location, the new $22-million steel and glass structure provided the space to exhibit more of the permanent collection. In designing the building, Predock drew inspiration from the region’s light, its relationship to the water, the neighborhood’s industrial history and character, Mount Rainier, the Thea Foss Waterway, and the surrounding structures in what is now known as the Museum District.Completed in November 2014, an additional $15.5-million building project has added approximately 16,000 square feet (1500 m²), and houses the new Haub Family Collection of Western American Art. This collection establishes Tacoma Art Museum as the only major museum of Western American art of this caliber in the Northwest. It also enables the museum to fully explore the art history of the West while integrating its Western and Northwest collections.
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  • Beautiful facility. Beautiful artwork! Close to other museums and restaurants. Easy walk from our hotel.  more »
  • This beautiful appointed structure houses one of the most prolific collections of western art. Along side that, blown glass from Dale Chihuly that is spectular! Easy to walk thru in About 2 hours. Pla...  more »
  • The "In The Spirit Northwest Native Festival" put on by Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and The Washington State Historical Society. Totally worth checking out! Spanning a couple b...  more »
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  • One of my favorite places to go in Washington state. The staff is very friendly, informed, and polite. The galleries are spacious, clean, and well stocked with a variety of art. The TAM has expanded significantly in the 5 years i've been going there.
  • I had no idea all that went into glass blowing. The actual process is intriguing and resembles a perfectly choreographed dance of heat and passion. It's not only a beautiful museum, that houses these one of a kind pieces, but with exhibits where the artwork literally hangs from the rafters and pools into crevices in the floor, you see man's gems to be as equally beautiful as any oysters gems. It is truly a must see for three local and certainly for anyone visiting Western Washington State.
  • Even though we live in Seattle and not in Tacoma, we keep getting a membership to the Tacoma Art Museum because we love the permanent Western and glass collections as well as the varied visiting shows. This is a perfect weekend activity for us. We like to combine it with a visit to one of several fine coffee shops in the area.
  • This museum has a lot to offer: amazing exhibits, detailed descriptions, convenient parking, excellent food, courteous and knowledgeable staff, and lots of opportunities for participating in art projects for the public.
  • Been twice to the TAM. Great artwork and history behind some pieces. Definitely a place to visit.
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