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Union Station

Tacoma, WA
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Ranked #13 of 37 attractions in Tacoma
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: This grand relic from the golden age of rail travel was re-opened to visitors in the early 1990s.
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North, South Carolina
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415 reviews 415 reviews
143 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

It's great that a few classic large spaces like this have been preserved. Not filled in with kiosks or displays, just open with several massive Chihuly pieces shown beautifully against the natural light. Worth a visit!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

You only get to peak in at the Chihulys exhibited there but the space is really very lovely. Remember it is a courthouse so, leave the pocket knife at home.

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Jackson, Mississippi
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Who would have thought a train station could be so beautiful with Chuhuilly glass hanging in it! It is so unique! There is no charge. Be sure to walk across the incredible Chuhuilly glass bridge located just behind Union Station.

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Lafayette, Indiana
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50 reviews 50 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The outside was much more impressive than the inside. There are some neat things to see, some Chihuly glass and vintage photos of its railroad heyday, but it is a government building now and not a whole lot to see inside.

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Temple Terrace, Florida
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211 reviews 211 reviews
57 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I think most lawyers and judges would treasure a chance to work in this building. We enjoyed being able to walk around the lobby and mezzanine, both filled with glassworks by Dale Chihuli. It was also interesting to see how the classic features of the old train station had been preserved.

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Carlsbad, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This takes about 15 minutes to see, and is just a few minutes walk from the art museum, history museum and glass museum. It is now a federal courthouse. A must do if you are in the area. Free.

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Highland
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113 reviews 113 reviews
72 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The dome of the Union Station grabs your attention. what a beautiful and large building. It is a courthouse today so we didn't go inside.

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Sydney, Australia
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131 reviews 131 reviews
53 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The Old Union Station Building in Tacoma is a striking sight from the Museum of Glass. That is why we walked across the footbridge to experience what this domed building was and is today. It is now a Federal Courthouse - quite a conversion but the beauty of the original building remains.

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Berkeley, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

On the one hand, you kinda have to be into history and old trains to enjoy the train station itself -- filled with old photographs and memorabilia. The period architecture is wonderful. On the other hand, the train station was converted into a U.S. Courthouse. But the added and unexpected treasure is all of Dale Chihuly's art glass on display.... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Federal government offices now use much of Union Station, which was once the terminus of train service back in the days of old. The current Stadium High School used to be the hotel that served passengers coming and going from Union Station. Besides the restored building, Dale Chihuly has art displayed on 2 walls plus there is a fabulous chandelier... More

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