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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
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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Just visited last week to see the Georgia O'Keefe exhibit. Had a great time and would love to return. We went later in the day and did not get to see anything except the one... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Elma, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Really lovely use of space and a discerning displays of work. As always the Chihuly is breathtaking and on this visit the Georgia O'Keeffe pieces did not disappoint. These were placed within a larger exhibit of Still Life's and many of them from Northwest artists. I love this museum - will return again and again. It is also always fun... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Just visited last week to see the Georgia O'Keefe exhibit. Had a great time and would love to return. We went later in the day and did not get to see anything except the one exhibit because they close at 5 pm but worth the trip.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Beautiful collection and exhibits. I would have liked to spend more time seeing each piece again...and again. The cafe is also great, with friendly staff and the BEST cookies!

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Newport, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Exhibits are varied and beautifully displayed. I really liked the audio tour that was complimentary with price of admission. Also liked the cafe for a light bite. This museum offers enough to see while being manageable in terms of walking and wheel chair use.

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Hillsboro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Don't miss the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit. As an artist and former NM resident this was worth the trip from Portland to see more of her work. The lecture about her residences was very special.

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Concord, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We saw the Georgia O'Keefe exhibit and the Chihuly glass display and video. There are also nice regional art selections. Interestingly, this is the better place to see Chihuly's work than the Glass Museum.

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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
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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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