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Tacoma Art Museum

Address: 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone Number: +1 253-272-4258
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Ranked #13 of 29 Attractions in Tacoma
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
Owner description: --History-- Tacoma Art Museum was founded by a group of volunteers in 1935 and has since grown to...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: --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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Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Went to it to see the Art of the American West Exhibit which was excellent. Not a big museum; we saw it all on the free 3rd Thursday of the month (5-8 pm). They have a room devoted to Chihuly glass that is better than at the Museum of Glass. Good art museum for kids: not to big to bore... More 

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

TAM is a fantastic local museum with a number of fascinating exhibits. We especially enjoyed the extensive Western Art exhibit in the new wing. Free entrance the first weekend of the month for Bank of America credit/atm cardholders.

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University Place, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Just finished my second visit to the new Haub collection of Western Art. Quite amazing. I was surprised at the emotions I felt walking through the the sculptures and paintings. The free audio is also quite good, narrated in part by Clint Eastwood. I would recommend this exhibit,as well as the rest of this great museum. A treasure!

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Port Angeles, Washington, United States
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24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

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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142 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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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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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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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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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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