We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“The Highlight of My Trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass
1801 East Dock Street, Tacoma, WA 98402
866 468 7386
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #8 of 29 Attractions in Tacoma
Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: An international center for contemporary art with a sustained focus on glass.
Fountain Valley, California
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“The Highlight of My Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2008

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!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

518 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    266
    147
    73
    21
    11
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Gig Harbor, Washington
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
33 attraction reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
“Glass Museum-not Chihuly Museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2008

This museum is suprisingly small. You will see very few Dale Chihuly pieces here. Most are located in the Art Museum, Historical Museum and the old Union Station (now a court
house). The "hot box" is an area where you watch demonstations of the team of glass makers. The seating fills up really quickly. It is hard to believe how much time it takes just to make a small item.

Small children will have a hard time with this museum.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
chicago
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Nice hot shop. Few glass pieces”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2007

Went to the Museum of Glass. The glass blowing demonstration is really fantastic. However there is not much else in the museum. A few pieces of interest. To really make it worth the $10 admission they really need to add many many works of art.
Also, You cannot take any pictures of any of the art pieces they do have. And they have many "guards" walking around. I am from Chicago. And you can take pictures at the Chicago Art museum. Which contains some of the most famous and influential pieces of art ever made. Come on, Let people snap some pictures.

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Anchorage, Alaska
Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 77 cities Reviews in 77 cities
204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
“fabulous architecture, few exhibits, but has promise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2007

legendary dale chihuly created this promising museum, we saw hot shop or young people making / creating glass, 2 rooms of contemporary glass pieces, and then walked upstairs to the bridge to downtown with more pieces, not much for $ 10 a person. but a start.

Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Seattle, WA
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Below the average”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2006

The art galery in the museum is a big disappointment. It has too little glass art, something that you would expect to be the forte of a glass museum. Instead they have a bunch of unrelated art (e. g. pictures). BTW, there are more glass art pieces exposed in the "glass bridge" than in the museum itself, and you don't have to pay a dime to see them.

The hot shop is really the only thing worth the trip (but not the $10 fee). They (grundge-like dressed guys) take some time to make a vase, but the place is very interesting (the huge steel dome that you see from outside) and you get a good view of that they are doing.

Also, their gift shop has some unique art, but it is all absurdely proced. You better shop somewhere else if you can resist the spending urge.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Museum of Glass? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Museum of Glass, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.