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Tacoma Art Museum

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
+1 253-272-4258
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Ranked #14 of 29 Attractions in Tacoma
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
Owner description: Tacoma Art Museum's nationally recognized exhibitions and innovative educational programs attract...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
Hours:
Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Tacoma Art Museum's nationally recognized exhibitions and innovative educational programs attract thousands of visitors annually to its galleries and events. By making connections for viewers which may not be instantly obvious, Tacoma Art Museum has developed a reputation for presenting 20th century art in a thought-provoking yet accessible manner. Tacoma Art Museum has also made a strong commitment to Northwest art through its acquisition and exhibition programs. The museum received a donation of 280 works of American Western Art by Ervian and Helga Haub and family, and is currently constructing a new wing and expanded lobby to showcase this remarkable collection.

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Port Angeles, Washington, United States
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86 reviews 86 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

We visited the TAM mainly to see the newly acquired Western exhibit and gallery. It is a fantastic collection of paintings and sculpture depicting early times to now, and gives wonderful insight into the west as it was being settled, or conquered, depending on your point of view. We were told that only a portion of the collection was currently... More 

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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244 reviews 244 reviews
140 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

TAM seems to feature touring exhibits, and the day I was there almost everything was in the modern/contemporary realm. I have to be honest: some modern artwork makes me roll my eyes; others are so clever I can’t get over it. Bottom line, I appreciate creativity so I’ll seek that out and see what I think. I am happy to... More 

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TacomaArtMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Tacoma Art Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting! We're glad you enjoyed your trip. Make sure to come by again in the future. We opened "Art of the American West: The Haub Family Collection" in mid November. This collection is featured in an entirely new wing of the museum which doubles our gallery space. More 

Tacoma, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a small, enriched museum that allows people to immerse into art. Allow at least 4-6 hours. It is best to go on a quiet, rainy afternoon at non-peak times. I love the special "children's" events, library and craft rooms upstairs. Although this is a small museum, it is a great place to bring a date or to go... More 

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28 attraction reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We came here to see the Matika Wilbur Project 562 collection of Native American photographs. The exhibit is wonderful. The rest of the museum is interesting, but this exhibit is extraordinary.

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Leiston, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

It's worth visiting for the building alone. It is full of curves inside which lead you gently round. The art cannot compete with its big brother in Seattle but if you have an hour or two to spare it is a lovely place to visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We went to the Tacoma Art Museum primarily to view the Chihuly exhibit, but expanded the visit to include the entire museum. Interesting local art, pleasant experience, knowledgeable staff.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The whole museum -- the building and the collections -- is excellent (and being doubled in size by a new addition) but we went specifically to see the exhibit of photographs by Matika Wilbur called Project 562 -- the number of recognized tribes when she began the project. This exhibit runs until October 5, 2014.

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Pahrump, Nevada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I visited with an artist friend. There was lots to see, and they are building a new wing. Ask an employee about the outdoor exhibit in the middle of the building. Very interesting history. Good gift shop too, and they have a café.

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Santa Monica, California
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88 reviews 88 reviews
30 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We got the museum pass and went first to the art museum, which had a nice collection of Chihuly glass. We also had lunch at the café there, which had a wonderful coconut black bean soup. The cook and server were also very friendly and helpful.

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Lakewood, Washington, USA
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94 reviews 94 reviews
13 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My east coast girlfriend and I did a glass museum and Art Museum visit on the same day. The offerings at the Art Museum are varied and provide something for every taste. Just the building is beautiful. You won't be disappointed. We loved the big dog sculpture. Give it a go! 💐

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