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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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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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Outstanding Examples of Regional Art in a Choice Setting

This is a museum where the entire experience is enjoyable. The collection focuses on northwest art, has a wonderful glass collection anchored by Chihuly's work, and has been... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Bellevue WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This is a museum where the entire experience is enjoyable. The collection focuses on northwest art, has a wonderful glass collection anchored by Chihuly's work, and has been greatly enhanced by the new wing and donation of the Haub family collection of western American art, which makes this a national treasure. I had not visited the museum for 15 years,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

It has been gloriously see the Tacoma Art Museum grow over the decades -- from its small location downtown on Pacific Avenue to its wonderful new and expanded location near the other great museum's nearby -- the Washington State History and Glass museums. Exhibits from the collection are impressive as are the touring shows that come here.

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Reston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We viewed the western art and the Chihuly section. It was very well done and the museum is easy to get around in with some delightful treats like a huge gigantic sculptured dog in the middle and for me a fabulous necklace in a side display case that was very figural and called "Willow Wear".

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Kirkland, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Tacoma is often viewed as the step-sister of Seattle, and I know some Seattle friends who were surprised to learn that Tacoma even had a museum. Well, guess what? They do and they've done a fabulous job! Just went there this Spring to see the Georgia O'Keefe exhibit and the Haug Collection of Western Art. Both were excellent! My husband... More 

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

TAM is welcoming and well designed. The architecture is amazing and displays the exhibits perfectly. Signage is good for each room and the exhibits. We enjoyed the public art room on the first floor by the lobby and café. A great place to explore. The café provides at artistic atmosphere to enjoy a varied menu. The views out into downtown... More 

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BELLEVUE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

TAM is just north of the WA State History Museum, the Museum of Glass and it should not be overlooked. We went for the Georgia O'Keefe exhibit, which was displayed nicely but the ad with the big flowers painting is deceiving because there are not very many of those, but even so, I am glad I went because I loved... More 

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Edmonds, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Tacoma Art Museum is a great attraction in Tacoma and is all ways worth a visit with fine art exhibits and easy to get around makes it a great venue for all ages and grate parking

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Really liked seeing the scope of Chihuly's work in the museum. Also liked the collection of western art - pictures and sculptures. Take advantage of the audio that is part of the admission price - it helps to think about some of the art in different ways. It was also enjoyable to see the video on Georgia O"Keefe and some... More 

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We came for the O'Keeffe exhibit. Stayed and toured the entire museum. This museum is accessible, a small venue, doable in a couple of hours. I was disappointed by the O'Keeffe exhibit, very few O'Keeffe's.

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Olympia, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I traveled to the Tacoma Art Museum to see the collection of art of Georgia O'keeffe and was certainly not disappointed. This collection will traveling on but the museum has other collections of wonderful artists also. A beautiful and well designed building and I will go back!

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Address: 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone Number: +1 253-272-4258
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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