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“What a joke.” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass
1801 East Dock Street, Tacoma, WA 98402
866 468 7386
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Ranked #8 of 29 Attractions in Tacoma
Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
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Owner description: An international center for contemporary art with a sustained focus on glass.
Seattle
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“What a joke.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Museum. The term implies that you will see curio, nastalgia, something from bygone eras. Calling this thing a museum is like calling twinkies organic.

So all that is left to decide is whether it is interesting as the modest gallery of glass that it is.

It is small. And, given the fact that Chihuly marketing is everywhere, one would be inclined to believe that there would be more Chihuly pieces on display. One would be sorely incorrect. There were literally two rooms and a hot shop. You've surely read about the hot shop. It's kind of cool--the kind of cool you can find in many glass-blowing studios all over Seattle, and they do not charge for you to come and watch.

The two exhibit rooms were embarrassingly simple and small. One small Chihuly exhibit, and then other exhibits that were not in any contextual order, and were moderately interesting as pieces of art, as modes of expression.

I can't believe the people at the front desk are able, day after day, paying-guest after paying-guest, to keep a straight face while they take $12 a head. Now those people are the professionals.

Even the gift shop was lacking. There were absurdly expensive glass works, relatively expensive stuffed toys, some Chihuly marketing books and the like, and some greeting cards that had nothing to do with glass or the "museum."

I bought one of those.

You were smart enough to go to Trip Advisor to review this place, and mine is not the first to warn of wasted money and time.


Visited June 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“An Interestion Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This visit was very interesting. Looking at the artworks was interesting as was the commentary we listened to as we walked about.
The highlight was the hot shop. Seeing glass formed at temperature and the time it consumes creating a decorative item was both informative and entertaining. The hot shop was a true eye opener.
It is well worth the stop visit the Museum of Glass.

Visited May 2014
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Everett, Washington
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“Tacoma Museum of Glass and Hot Shop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Whether you are an art fan or not, you will find this an interesting and informative place to visit. In the Hot Shop, you will observe how glass is made. Try to go when a docent is available for questions.

The pieces on display in the galleries change regularly. The gallery is small but very nicely displayed.

The only warning I have is that parking is all pay by the hour and the least expensive we could find was $4 for 2 hrs. that is a couple blocks away from the museum.

Visited June 2014
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Beaufort, South Carolina
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“The Museum of Glass makes me happy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The Museum of Glass in Tacoma is a short train ride from Seattle. I hop on Amtrak in the morning and catch it back to Seattle in the afternoon. The various art installations are always great as it's cool to see what different glass artists are creating. and then I can sit in the hot shop all day just watching them blow glass. It's entertaining and ever changing. If you get too cold, then go outside and look at the glass out there as well as see what's happening on the river. This is a magical place!

Visited May 2014
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Berkeley, California
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“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This is a world-class art museum, featuring some of the most amazing art glass from artists around the world. But one of the most incredible features of this museum is the working "hot shop," when artists-in-residence and on staff blow incredible glass pieces before your eyes -- it's stadium-style seating, with a large video display above to provide close-up details of their work & technique, *and* with a detailed narration as you watch . . .

This is worth a visit even if you have to drive down from Seattle!

Visited December 2013
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