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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  • Being in the northwest, we were very Chihuly-focused when it came to what we expected to see art and culture-wise. And yes, Tacoma Art Museum has a wonderful Chihuly room displaying the full range of ...  more »
  • I enjoyed the Native American art .... I wish there was a larger collection. I did not get the room containing the green and white art.  more »
  • I was pleasantly surprised by this little museum. It is a visually stimulating and interactive space. The staff was very nice. The young gentleman at the front desk was incredibly hospitable. Their im...  more »
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  • Beautiful selection of arts. They have some permanent display and rotate them occasionally. But they also have some fun exhibits from famous and important artists as well. Entrance is a bit steep but it's all worth it. If you're associated with the University of Washington (student of staff) you can come in free anytime you want. There's also a small library upstairs a nice hangout place worth checking out. One of my favorite places in Tacoma.
  • My son loved camp! I appreciated feeling that the staff created a safe, creative environment where artists could flourish! We can't wait for the next opportunity to camp at TAM! Thank you for a priceless week!
  • What a lovely presentation of Native American artists and their story of early America. Also nicely presented was the Guilulli blown glass art.
  • Interesting things to see. I didn't really understand the point of their "dark room." There was a place for kids to do art and that was fun.
  • Slim on the exhibits this time around. Look into renting an art pass at your local libray to attend the museum for free.
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