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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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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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Art's delight

I was always fascinated by the creation of different mediums of art. I was not disappointed in perusing this facility. If I had my way it would have so much more to see in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
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Fort Lewis, Washington
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Fort Lewis, Washington
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39 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I was always fascinated by the creation of different mediums of art. I was not disappointed in perusing this facility. If I had my way it would have so much more to see in the museum and free to the public. But that is my wish. A great way to spend a wet day in Tacoma.

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Whittier, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I don't see this as a museum. I see that there is a showing of a couple of people's work, most without glass, and then a large arena to watch people blowing glass.....mostly standing around looking at the glass. There a few things made in the last few years by the inner city kids with Chihuly support......but works from 1-10... More 

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Bellevue, Washington, United States
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

You can save the price of admission and see the Chihuly glass pieces outside and walk in from the sidewalk. The hot room was interesting. Most of the exhibitions were of glass made from children's drawings, not that interesting. Just two small galleries to walk through. The design of the museum is not very functional. To get to the Chihuly... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The museum part was average, but the hot shop was excellent; they blow glass here all day except a lunch break. The artists were really nice and answered questions. Not as much variety of artwork in the museum part as I expected. The museum store had a lot of beautiful pieces though.

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Lafayette, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Between parking fee and admission we spent $35 for about 40 minutes of walking the museum. The size of the museum in very small, all on one floor. About half the exhibits were dedicated to kids art or recreations of kids drawings by the glass production team .. could have been called the Small Kids Glass Museum. The actually production... More 

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El Cerrito, CA
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40 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I'm really not sure why I liked this museum so much. I thought that it was all Chihuly, but there was no Chihuly work present at the time I visited (although you can simply go outside, up the stairs of the cone-shaped building, and see a wall of his work. And, there was even one room closed, so the price... More 

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Puget Sound in Washington
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78 reviews 78 reviews
31 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We most certainly enjoyed our trip to the museum....however...as a reviewer, I would caution that the museum itself is not that large...3 spaces actually, one of which was closed for changing. You really need to be interested in spending time watching the glass blowing in the "hot shop". It's fascinating...and narrated while they work. Then spend time seeing the exhibits...which... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Getting to watch artist creating glass art is always very entertaining. However, the gift shop had way better art than the museum. Vacuum tub art and wearable letter light just do not do it for me. If you want to see real stuff go to Seattle and Chihuly Garden and Glass

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Tennessee
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210 reviews 210 reviews
95 attraction reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

First, it was horrible trying to find this place. I used an up to date GPS locator and it was LOST! I ended up circling on the I-5 and back off the ramp and finally pulled over onto some deserted street and luckily there was a policeman and he said to follow him because after his set of instructions he... More 

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San Diego
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We really enjoyed watching the (long) show(?) of the creation of the Kid's Design, in our case a popsicle. The emcee kept things interesting with great demos. Our 10 year old deaf granddaughter stayed with it all the way. The exhibits were REALLY interesting and interactive. We had a great time and would recommend highly- especially if there is something... More 

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