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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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--History--

Tacoma Art Museum was founded by a group of volunteers in 1935...

--History--

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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I don't go that often but when i do it is interesting and makes you fell part of the world of art and ways of thinking.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Tacoma, Washington
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I don't go that often but when i do it is interesting and makes you fell part of the world of art and ways of thinking.

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) keeps getting better and better. The new Western Art Wing is unbelievable. They always have some outstanding northwest artists too. Events there are well-worth attending. I highly recommend not just going, but joining the museum as a member. And say hi to Leroy the Giant Pup while you're there.

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Stockton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In the heart of Downtown Tacoma, TAM is a great place to spend a couple hours in. There are many exhibitions that showcase great times in history through artist perspectives. It's a clean, quiet and friendly atmosphere.

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Bonney Lake, Washington, United States
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great art museum for families. The staff is wonderful and not stuffy at all. They encourage children and adults to enjoy the art regardless of age.

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Portland, Oregon
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89 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Beautiful building that communicates education, culture and ART! We were caught up with the Haub Western Art collection--Russells, a Bierstadt, Remington and many other artists who captured the west when it was the west! Indian life, cowboy life and the remarkable geographical beauty of the region. Well worth the time and energy to go to Tacoma. Oh, and the Chihuly... More 

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San Francisco
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

This museum was a pleasant surprise and made for a nice afternoon visit when combined with the Museum of Glass across the foot bridge. I like a museum with a small scale which is manageable but still has a large enough and varied collection to hold your interest. The upstairs galleries on ramps house the temporary exhibits. There was a... More 

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Lakewood, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Wonderful and thoughtful collection of paintings and bronze works; illuminating the American Indian culture and life across the United States.

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Montreal, Québec, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Intersting museum for all,great modern section as well as native american art.need a good hour to see all a very nice visit.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

This wonderful, small museum has WONDERFUL shows featuring the biggest names in art, and also features many fabulous works by local artists as well. The space has a giant atrium in the middle, and all the galleries wrap around it. The shows I've seen there were wonderful and rival any bigger museum - Hudson River School shows, shows that feature... More 

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Vancouver, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

I traveled from Vancouver Washington for a day trip to the Tacoma Art Museum to see a special exhibit and look at their Chihiuly glass exhibit. I was very impress by the open spaces and displays. The AIDS in America exhibit is a complex mix that is will not be for everyone - some of the displays are obscene, offensive,... More 

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