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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW 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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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Our group conference had a fantastic meal here in the private space which comfortably held about 50 of us. It was catered by a local business, and for a small extra fee we were able to get about 1 hour of private viewing of the Museum's work. If you host a conference or large group dinner in Tacoma, WA this... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

A great sized museum with a wonderful space for making art set aside for kids and adults. We loved the light coming in from all of the windows and found the collections to be well displayed and fun to look at.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

After dropping a family member off at the SeaTac airport we were looking for something to do on the way home and also a stop for lunch. We had usually just driven through Tacoma on the Interstate to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. This time we decided to take a side trip for our first visit to the TAM and we... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This was a planned stop during our vacation, and was very glad that we scheduled this museum in. First of all, there is plenty of parking (paid) right behind the museum. The museum itself is spacious and filled with light. You can get an audio guide, which we did and we found very useful. If you like Dale Chihuly, you... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Definitely worth a visit. The art of the Northwest is on view in this small regional museum. Well designed layout, and of course there is a Chihuly installation on permanent exhibit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We decided to visit Tacoma and enjoyed the four museums pass including the TAM. We were enchanted by our visit and very surprised by the quality of the works. We particularly loved the American Indian section with cowboys and Indians statues, beautiful paintings from the West. The glass section was nice and the train model from the 1950s very well... More 

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Seattle, Washington, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Beautifully spaces, well laid out, exceptional collections (especially the current western art display) and a very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Many may not think of Tacoma, WA as having significant art, but this museum should not be missed.

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We came to TAM for the Georgia O'Keefe show and loved our visit. I was amazed that there were no lines to this fabulous show. Don't people know about how great Tacoma is? We had the exhibit almost to ourselves and spent some time and money at the gift shop after, purchasing some great books. The museum is great, the... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We got free passes to this place as part of our hotel package, but I would have paid for admission anyway. The art displays are varied in style and tone, but they were all highly impressive. There's even a room near the main entrance where guests (including kids and those just young-at-heart) can create their own art using a wide... More 

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