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Tacoma Art Museum

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
+1 253-272-4258
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Ranked #16 of 29 Attractions in Tacoma
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
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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 Sunday. The museum is free from 5pm to 8pm every third Thursday of the month.

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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230 reviews 230 reviews
135 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

TAM seems to feature touring exhibits, and the day I was there almost everything was in the modern/contemporary realm. I have to be honest: some modern artwork makes me roll my eyes; others are so clever I can’t get over it. Bottom line, I appreciate creativity so I’ll seek that out and see what I think. I am happy to... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a small, enriched museum that allows people to immerse into art. Allow at least 4-6 hours. It is best to go on a quiet, rainy afternoon at non-peak times. I love the special "children's" events, library and craft rooms upstairs. Although this is a small museum, it is a great place to bring a date or to go... More

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197 reviews 197 reviews
28 attraction reviews
216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We came here to see the Matika Wilbur Project 562 collection of Native American photographs. The exhibit is wonderful. The rest of the museum is interesting, but this exhibit is extraordinary.

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Leiston, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

It's worth visiting for the building alone. It is full of curves inside which lead you gently round. The art cannot compete with its big brother in Seattle but if you have an hour or two to spare it is a lovely place to visit.

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Los Angeles, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We went to the Tacoma Art Museum primarily to view the Chihuly exhibit, but expanded the visit to include the entire museum. Interesting local art, pleasant experience, knowledgeable staff.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The whole museum -- the building and the collections -- is excellent (and being doubled in size by a new addition) but we went specifically to see the exhibit of photographs by Matika Wilbur called Project 562 -- the number of recognized tribes when she began the project. This exhibit runs until October 5, 2014.

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Pahrump, Nevada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
29 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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93 reviews 93 reviews
13 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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