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Tacoma Art Museum

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
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Ranked #19 of 37 attractions in Tacoma
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
Owner description: Founded in 1935, Tacoma Art Museum's mission is connecting people through art. Our hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Friday. The museum is... more » Owner description: Founded in 1935, Tacoma Art Museum's mission is connecting people through art. Our hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Friday. The museum is free all day and offers extended hours of 10 am to 8 pm on the third Thursday of every month. « less
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Pahrump, Nevada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I visited with an artist friend. There was lots to see, and they are building a new wing. Ask an employee about the outdoor exhibit in the middle of the building. Very interesting history. Good gift shop too, and they have a café.

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Santa Monica, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
22 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We got the museum pass and went first to the art museum, which had a nice collection of Chihuly glass. We also had lunch at the café there, which had a wonderful coconut black bean soup. The cook and server were also very friendly and helpful.

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Lakewood, Washington, USA
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76 reviews 76 reviews
11 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My east coast girlfriend and I did a glass museum and Art Museum visit on the same day. The offerings at the Art Museum are varied and provide something for every taste. Just the building is beautiful. You won't be disappointed. We loved the big dog sculpture. Give it a go! 💐

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Homer, Alaska, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you want to see Chihuly glass, this has a small exhibit plus special exhibits and well known Northwest painters. When we went they had Matika Wilbur photos and Contemporary Print Arts. A reference library can also be visited and is open to the public, with children's books if you bring your kid.

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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

The main feature is the Chiluly glass exhibits, which are well displayed and fabulous. Then there's some there temporary exhibits, that may or may not be of great interest. The current exhibit was interesting to me. This museum in a few minutes walk to the Chiluly bridge and the glass museum, the historical museum - a three museum ticket is... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Although a long time member of this museum, and aware that museum exhibitions don't always thrill, try to go to Tacoma Art Museum this summer. The evolving construction project is huge and sometimes noisy but the project itself is fascinating to watch. But it's the shows in the galleries this summer that are what you should see. A fabulous print... More

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Spokane, Washington
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155 reviews 155 reviews
43 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Photos of the glass garden at the Tacoma Art Museum don’t do it justice. It’s very unique and gorgeous. The garden looks very different from different angles. Tacoma Art Museum houses many types of artwork, not just glass. Tacoma Art Museum focuses on regional art work. The exhibit on modern Native American photos was fresh and inspiring. I will give... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

I know that the museum is under construction with a multi-million dollar renovation (I'll leave my opinions about that to myself). However, they should not be allowed to work with loud machinery during museum hours. I was trying to have a conversation with an employee in the gift shop and I could not hear her at all or myself because... More

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Tacoma
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

TAM has a great curator. The exhibits change frequently and seem to always have a “link” to the Northwest. Example: DB Cooper exhibit. The docents are helpful and friendly although occasionally as with all museums, the docents are mistaken about the subject of the exhibit. Heck, we all make mistakes so no biggie. Close to the Harmon Brewery, Union Station... More

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Orlando
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67 reviews 67 reviews
13 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Thanks to a historic donation, the TAM will soon become one of the world's top five collections of art of the American West. The donation is funding a doubling of the exhibit space. The current collection and exhibits are terrific, too, and worth a visit.

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