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Museum of Glass

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Address: 1801 East Dock Street, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone Number: 866 468 7386
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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.
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Live glass blowing

Don't confuse with Chihuly Glass gardens in Seattle. This is a museum with pieces from a lot of artists - all small pieces. The bridge to town does have a few large Chihuly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

If you are at all interested in glass, go for a visit. Inside there is a small but very fine exhibit. But there is a large auditorium where you get to see how the glass vessels are made. There is a person on the floor who explains things and answers questions. I learned a lot. My favorite part is the... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I was staying at the Quality Inn & Suites in Tacoma for a business trip and wanted to explore the area. This place was awesome. The best part was the hot shop - where there actual glass being blown as a LIVE performance. Now that was cool.

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Don't confuse with Chihuly Glass gardens in Seattle. This is a museum with pieces from a lot of artists - all small pieces. The bridge to town does have a few large Chihuly pieces. There is a working glass studio where you can watch artists create things - very interesting. We really enjoyed it (but it does not replace going... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

It is quite impressive, but I liked the one in Seattle better. Does offer Senior and AAA member discounts for tickets. A live demonstration of blown glass/sculpted objects being made in the workshop by invited artists is a plus.

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Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful museum, both in and out. The art created from kids' ideas is my favorite. Go online before you go, and find out the schedule for the glass artists who will be creating glass art before your eyes in the workroom. It is truly amazing! It may take some time, but it is well worth it! You... More 

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Yelm, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The price is astronomical compared to the experience. Maybe you have to be artsy fartsy to "get it". The best part was getting to watch the glass blowers work. As we walked around looking at the glass "art" I kept thinking some of it looked like garbage that had washed up on the beach.

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Portland, OR
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This is a good museum but I expected a lot more. Especially for the price (note: they do offer AAA discounts). I think I expected more of a focus on Dave Chiluly. There were definitely some of his pieces in a temporary exhibit, but I expected more drama and more color. The glass blowing demonstration was a bit disappointing. There... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Cool building. That's about it. Overpriced museum. Go there when it's free on the 3rd Thursday of every month.

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Naples, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This wonderful museum has a glass blowing workroom inside. We hated to leave after watching and asking questions for two hours. Fascinating process. Beautiful building with ample parking. For all ages. A gem in downtown Tacoma.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The museum is a little pricey, but the displays are colorful and weird. That should be entertaining for most people. There are a couple of display areas to the right when you enter. Some displays are interactive. The giant cone has furnaces and artists at work with theater type seating to watch them from, this is the most interesting part... More 

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