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Tacoma Art Museum

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
253/272-4258
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Ranked #19 of 34 attractions in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
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 Friday. The museum is... more » 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 Friday. The museum is free all day and offers extended hours of 10 am to 8 pm on the third Thursday of every month. « less
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Tacoma
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

TAM has a great curator. The exhibits change frequently and seem to always have a “link” to the Northwest. Example: DB Cooper exhibit. The docents are helpful and friendly although occasionally as with all museums, the docents are mistaken about the subject of the exhibit. Heck, we all make mistakes so no biggie. Close to the Harmon Brewery, Union Station... More

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Orlando
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62 reviews 62 reviews
13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Thanks to a historic donation, the TAM will soon become one of the world's top five collections of art of the American West. The donation is funding a doubling of the exhibit space. The current collection and exhibits are terrific, too, and worth a visit.

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Sacramento, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Museum has a high proportion of glass art in its collection. The Dale Chihuly section has earlier pieces from him as well as the trademark pieces. It is a small museum and can be viewed in an hour or so.

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seattle
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129 reviews 129 reviews
21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Good special exhibits, and a good collection with Northwest orientation. I like the moderate size, enough for a 60-90 minute visit, never overwhelming. On a sunny day the light pours into the lobby and gift shop areas, there is an exquisite view of Mt Rainier over some urban/industrial buildings to the SE. Details of the mountain, especially with western sun... More

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Napa, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

this stop was part of a qulting trip/tour....guided museum tour...only stayed on the street level floor with the Chihuly glass for about an 1/2hr...so beautiful...then a walk to the glass bridge...then to the Covention Center for the quilt show...will return to see the rest of TAM.

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Seattle
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

The building was worth the trip by itself and then you got to see all the art, The layout was interesting and it was easy to get around. My wife and I are disabled and this was very easy to get around and look at the art. They had a nice selection of art and a good glass area of... More

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McKinney, Texas
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We've been fans of Chihuly and have seen his work all over the country but this was terrific, demonstrating his creativity and skill throughout his prodigious career. Don't skip the video showing the background and execution of several of his enormous installations. Taking ice blocks from Alaska to Israel to use like glass blew us away!

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Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I love going to TAM because they always have something interesting going on. The staff at the front desk are welcoming, warm and helpful. This museum is definitely worth seeing.

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

It's better than most small children's museums. More about play than science or education. But it's clean, no broken or dilapidated exhibits like most places, ant the staff is friendly and attentive. Coffee shop out front is greatly appreciated.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

I took my students for a tour with an education guide. She did an awesome job of explaining the art pieces, the artist and the collection. My students were very interested, asked questions and to my surprise analyzed the art pieces. Parking is easy and the staff was polite, helpful and informative.

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