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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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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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A fascinating experience

The best part of this museum is watching the artists making glass creations. It's well explained and, thanks to good camera placement, you get a very good view of what they are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Naples
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

First you walk, look up and admire the Glass Bridge. Then you take dozens of photos of 'that thing' on the right. But the real treat is going inside the museum itself; seat yourself in the Hot Shop (that's what 'that thing' was!) and watch a visiting artist supported by a fantastic team blow some amazing pieces of glass. Awesomeness.... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

The best part of this museum is watching the artists making glass creations. It's well explained and, thanks to good camera placement, you get a very good view of what they are doing. The museum is very good but the main part of the museum is an exhibit that changes so you don't always know what you might see and... More 

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La Quinta, California
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37 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The building drew me in. The giant cone across the bridge contains a forge that hasn't stopped running since they opened the Hot Spot. The people who work in the Hot Spot all day (except an hour lunch break at 1:00) are extraordinary and professional. Each of the glass workers has over 20 years experience with glass. Glass is not... More 

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Sammamish, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Great place to visit and learn. I love it and will come back. The glass makers take lunch time at midday about 1 hour, so is good time to visit the expositions.

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Garbervil
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44 reviews 44 reviews
3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We passed by when it was closed,walking the promenade, and were awed by the night-lit masses of glass water lilies in the pond facing the water.

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Burbank, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

So here's the deal. The Museum of Glass doesn't actually have a lot of glass, at least it didn't when we visited. What it does have, and is well worth the trip, is a real live, working Hot Shop, where talented and creative glass artists work on their craft in one of the very best shops in the world. Designed... More 

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State of Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The glass art is simply amazing (everyone says this). The skill of this glass blower is beyond description. Just go. You'll understand quickly. And take a camera, or your friends won't believe your ravings.

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San Francisco
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Ever-changing exhibits and artists keep the Museum of Glass fresh. I never tire of going and usually spend 20-30 minutes in the Hot Shop, depending on who is there and what's happening. They even have the Hot Shop Live, so if there is an artist in residence you'd like to watch, you can log on and you're right there. So... More 

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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!

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Reno, Nevada
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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 

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