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Tacoma Art Museum

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Address: 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone Number: +1 253-272-4258
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Tacoma Art Museum was founded by a group of...


Tacoma Art Museum was founded by a group of volunteers in 1935 and has since grown to become a national model for regional, mid-sized museums. The museum is dedicated to exhibiting and collecting Northwest art, with the mission of connecting people through art. The museum's permanent collection includes the premier collection of Dale Chihuly's glass artwork on permanent public display.

Tacoma Art Museum opened at its current location on May 3, 2003, when it moved from a former bank building that was built in 1920. Nearly twice the size of its previous location, Tacoma Art Museum's $22-million Antoine Predock-designed structure provides the space to exhibit more of the permanent collection. In designing the building, Predock drew inspiration from the region's light, its relationship to the water, the neighborhood's industrial history and character, Mount Rainier, the Thea Foss Waterway, and the surrounding structures in what is now known as the Museum District.

Completed in November 2014, an addtional $15.5 million building project has added approximately 16,000 square feet, and houses the new Haub Family Collection of Western American Art. This collection establishes Tacoma Art Museum as the only major museum of Western American art of this caliber in the Northwest. It also enables the museum to fully explore the art history of the West while integrating its Western and Northwest collections. It's an exciting time to be a part of the Tacoma Art Museum family!

--Mission and Vision--

Tacoma Art Museum is a public-spirited institution with nationally recognized exhibitions and innovative educational programs. Named by USA Today as one of the "Top 10 Great Places to See Art in Smaller Cities," the museum has developed a reputation for presenting art in a thought-provoking yet accessible manner with a strong commitment to Northwest art through its acquisition and exhibition programs. Founded in 1935, the museum has strong roots in the community and anchors Tacoma's lively downtown university and museum district.

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An entertaining summer Sunday activity

I thought that number of exhibits was somewhat limited but I thoroughly enjoyed what they had. When I was there the museum had an exhibit of NW art, a large exhibit of western art... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Tacoma, Washington
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Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought that number of exhibits was somewhat limited but I thoroughly enjoyed what they had. When I was there the museum had an exhibit of NW art, a large exhibit of western art courtesy of the Haub family and many Chihuly pieces. I marvel at shapes and colors of his glass work. I'm not familiar with how often the... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have joined as members in the last year as the exhibits have been worth every visit. Recently we went to the Art in Aids - what a provocative show - highly recommend but be aware it can be hard to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For a city the size of Tacoma - I would think it might be a little bigger but overall it is a nice museum. When we visited they had three exhibits - Western Art (had some nice examples of paintings) - Chihuly glass (interesting) and an AIDS exhibit. For what it is - I find it on the expensive side... More 

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This may not be for the faint of heart but I found it to be powerful, profound, educational and inspiring. This was and continues to be a dark footnote in our society, but as is often the case, out of pain and anger comes amazing art. This exhibit will stay with me for a long time.

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tacoma, wa USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

The new addition to the museum has allowed the new Haub collection of western art to be on display. Additional changes to the lobby area has allowed expansion of the giftshop which has a nice selection of crafts and art by local artists.

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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

They have a lot of Chihuly here plus western art. We actually enjoyed this more than the Glass Museum which we came for

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

I love how they have different exhibits here, I do only go here though on the days they have free entry, it is pretty crowded but I don't feel like paying otherwise.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

TAM is a very attractive museum with an impressive collection. Northwest art, plenty of Chihuly glass ( this is his hometown) plus others - and an amazing western art collection. There is an entire new wing of the museum devoted to the Haub Family Collection of western art. What a bonanza! They also have really good visiting exhibits You will... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

What a local treasure😊 I enjoyed roaming about(took me an hour) to a specific exhibit - an American Knockoff and a couple other displays. The view from the 3rd floor is nice too. FYI....you can get a pass from your local library so that admission is free!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

I love living downtown and being able to walk to so many museums. This summer while the PGA was in Tacoma they had an art instalation outdoors of holes of miniature golf made by artists. We have enjoyed many visiting shows at the museum and the new remodel / addition will be great. You can easily visit multiple museums while... More 

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