We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Museum of Glass

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 1801 East Dock Street, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone Number: 866 468 7386
Website
Monday
Closed
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Arts and crafts
Description: An international center for contemporary art with a sustained focus on...
An international center for contemporary art with a sustained focus on glass.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 566 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 289
    Excellent
  • 161
    Very good
  • 80
    Average
  • 24
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Most recent review
Best museum in Tacoma

Every time I visit Tacoma, I go to the Glass Museum. The Hot Shop is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. It is fascinating to watch the artists at work, whether they are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Pam R
,
San Diego, California
Add Photo Write a Review

566 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
San Diego, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Every time I visit Tacoma, I go to the Glass Museum. The Hot Shop is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. It is fascinating to watch the artists at work, whether they are the Hot Shop team or a visiting artist. The cafe has yummy soup, too!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reno, Nevada
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This was a fun and interesting museum, but we really didn't find many glass pieces in the museum. We found many more glass pieces at the TAM museum a block away (Tacoma Art Museum) which we thought was spectacular. What the viewer does find in the Museum of Glass is many of Chihuly's plans for his pieces which were spectacular... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Spanaway, Washington
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Wearable art? Why not? Unique pieces? YES. I have never seen anything like it. You can sit in the glass blowing area and see some experts at work. See how the pieces are created. Also a beautiful spot for a wedding.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Not a huge museum but a great way to see glass being created. Excellent exhibits. Very good cafe, and excellent gift shop. It's right on the water and you can cross a bridge to see more of Tacoma. Well worth taking the time if you're interested in glass and how it's made. And the architecture is very interesting.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Seattle Area
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Unique museum founded in Dale Chihuly's hometown! Has a hot shop that is in constant use by a variety of guest artists that you can watch from balcony. Highly recommended. We've been members for years!

Was this review helpful? Yes
arizona
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

I was expecting to see s museum filled with eotks of art in glass and instead it was chululiy's drawings. While these were impressive, I was very disappointed. Not worth it at all.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Tacoma
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Lovely art, but a lot of money for a pretty art installation. Recommend finding a discount or going on Tacoma 's museum night to avoid the expense.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tacoma, Washington
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I don't get overly excited about glass sculptures. I can appreciate the colors and designs, so for that, the museum was good. I especially liked the shop though. Watching them work on glass pieces was very interesting.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Tacoma
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is an amazing museum. The hot shop has glass being made in an amphitheater setting. There are rotating exhibits, but the most fun is the glass art that is inspired by children and executed by the artist. If you are pressed for time or cash, the artwork on the bridge is spectacular and worth millions of dollars.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
33 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The highlights of our visit where the section on children's art and the demonstration space. The children's art section was the result of what appeared to be a summer camp where kids could draw pictures and then glass blowers turned the results into glass art pieces. The results were just absolutely wonderful! The joy and silliness bounced off the walls.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Been to Museum of Glass? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Museum of Glass and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Portland, Oregon
1 month ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Museum of Glass staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?