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Address: Tacoma, WA
Description: This grand relic from the golden age of rail travel was re-opened to...
This grand relic from the golden age of rail travel was re-opened to visitors in the early 1990s.
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Stunning Chihuly pieces!

Entry is free! Show i.d.as you go into this former train station, now a Federal Court House. Ask guard for guidelines if you want to take photos. The grand rotunda provides a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Salem, Oregon
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Manheim
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Great restoration of historic grand train station. Nice self viewed displays of when it was in operation as a station. Also beautiful glass window displays. Great save as many of these grand buildings were torn down. It is a working court house so you need to show id to enter.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

OK - somewhere along my quest to find something fun to spend an afternoon in Tacoma, I came upon some information for the union station - that it had been turned into a dining and shopping mecca. More like indoor garage sale with sketchy products and on the edge of town. Scary.

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Salem, Oregon
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69 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Entry is free! Show i.d.as you go into this former train station, now a Federal Court House. Ask guard for guidelines if you want to take photos. The grand rotunda provides a wonderful setting for several huge Chihuly installations. The orange "Monarch" pieces in the window across from the entrance is one of 4 masterpieces to admire.

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Spanaway, Washington
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

A beautiful place to pop in and see some lovely art pieces. Not a lot to see but worth the visit. Make sure to take a couple of pictures with the gentleman out front.

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Denver, Colorado
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117 reviews 117 reviews
28 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Here you will find more Chihuly art for your viewing pleasure. A large chandelier graces the middle of the atrium and several other large installments of his art can be found on each wall. It's definitely worth a stop. It's free to get in, but be ready to show your ID and chat with a pleasant security guard to get... More 

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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72 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

There are many reasons to stop by the Union station in Tacoma. As you drive downtown it stands out for it's beautiful Baroque/Classical architecture. The train station was built at the turn of the 20th century and served many years in that capacity. It has now been renovated and is the city court house. As you enter you need to... More 

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Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Even though it is a courthouse now it's easy to step inside, just show an ID to see the lobby with it's Chihuly glass. Worth the short stop.

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Tennessee
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220 reviews 220 reviews
98 attraction reviews
317 helpful votes 317 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I parked at the Tacoma Museum of Glass and crossed over the bridge to get here but it was worth it. I loved Chihuly's butterflies in the large window overlooking the MOG. There were a few more art pieces in the lobby area as well. Please be aware they will ask you questions upon entering as court sessions take place... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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301 reviews 301 reviews
132 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Now a Federal Court building, the old Union Station has been preserved and is a beautiful sight! You can enter the main hall, take photos of an amazing Chihuly glass chandelier, a glass art piece on the second floor and some nice flowers on the big window facing north. The open hall is beautiful in itself. We only stayed in... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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90 reviews 90 reviews
26 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Most of this building is government offices and not even accessible but stop by and see the chandelier.

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