I enjoyed the museum very much! It was the highlight of my trip to Tacoma. I would recommend that people allow quite a bit of time to see everything there. We didn't arrive until 3:00 p.m., so I didn't spend a lot of time looking at the exhibits, but it was DEFINITELY worth the $10 museum admission just to see the hot shop! Wow! That's all I can say to describe it! Go there for yourself, and you'll be glad you did! We were in there for over an hour, and yes, it's hot in there (as other reviewers have noted), but that's what is needed to MELT glass! It's SO worth it to go in there! I was AMAZED to see the artists stretching and twisting the hot glass. It reminded me of pulling taffy! I would highly recommend asking questions of the narrator so that you can learn all you want to about working with glass. Claire was on duty the day we were there (6-28-08), and she was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. She welcomes questions from the visitors. She gave me an amazing description of how one artist took 6 MONTHS to create the Lord's Prayer with glass pieces and then he shrunk them down to the point where they could only be seen with a microscope. It was fascinating to think about how he did it! Another thing that you won't want to miss is the "Bridge of Glass," which links the museum to the rest of Tacoma. The bridge is a BEAUTIFUL PLACE that has MANY glass pieces on display that were created by Dale Chihuly, a famous glass artist. I could have spent half the day observing and photographing those pieces! I wish I would have arrived earlier, because I didn't get a chance to browse in the museum store. A friend of mine told me it's really something to see. Well, I can save that experience for my next visit to Tacoma!
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