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Address: 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone Number: +1 253-272-4258
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Arts and crafts
Description: --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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A small museum, but excellent curation

This is a smaller art museum, but the works they have are excellently displayed and curated. Definitely worth a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Portland, Oregon
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Atlanta, GA
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275 reviews 275 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Great Chihuly room. The western art exhibit was great. Loved seeing Georgia O'Keefe pieces. A very nice museum with some beautiful rooms of Art in an interesting building.

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Tacoma, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Great new Western exhibit plus a mix of local and contemporary artists work. The 3rd Thursday's has free admission.

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Portland, Oregon
15 reviews 15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This is a smaller art museum, but the works they have are excellently displayed and curated. Definitely worth a visit.

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La Quinta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I specifically flew into Tacoma to visit the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit. IT WAS FANTASTIC! I see a lot of art and this exhibition was designed well. The Tacoma Art Museum should be very proud of this installation of her work (and others). The building is kind of strange with lots of severe angles. It must be a challenge for the... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Went to see the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit with friends 3/25/15. Was impressed with her work, the biographical film, and the way works by other artists were curated--interspersed with the O'Keeffe work. There were no huge "cloud" themed pieces, for which I was grateful. Loved the large red piece with the black door (O'Keeffe) and the petunias in a white pot... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I could get lost in this place. I enjoyed this museum much more than the Museum of glass, and even found that it had many more of Chihuly's pieces then the Museum of Glass. The old west section is to die for and features many prominent old west cowboy artists. There is a Georgia O'Keeffe room to satisfy our feminine... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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65 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Modern TAM offers a very special show of US Western art 1800's to present and a beautiful Chihuly display! Another treat currently is extensive O'Keefe exhibit. Definitely worth a visit, & easy to get to from i5. It's just west of the Glass Museum.

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Seattle Area
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We've been members of the TAM - the Tacoma Art Museum for at least a decade. It's not only a place to see wonderful art but it is an active participant in our community with events such as "Day of the Dead" celebration, best of the northwest art exhibit competition and a winter ice skating ring. With the recent addition... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

If you are interested in western art, the new Haub family exhibition is a must see. The art is varied, compelling, and well commented on. I especially liked the perspectives from native Americans on the art. The space is laid out well and easy to circulate in even with a crowd. The rest of the museum has otherfned changing exhibits,... More 

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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Although this is a reasonably large museum it is set up in a way that feels more intimate and human sized. Their permanent western art exhibit rides the rail between kitsch and art but the results are fun. We went there during the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit which was a bit of a disappointment because it contained few of her paintings... More 

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