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Address: Tacoma, WA
Phone Number: 2027959966
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This grand relic from the golden age of rail travel was re-opened to...

This grand relic from the golden age of rail travel was re-opened to visitors in the early 1990s.

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Beautiful old train station, but......

Union Station is a beautiful old train station with yet another Chihuly centerpiece. Sadly, it has been turned into a federal courthouse, so it isn't as magnificent as it could... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Sid R
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Chanhassen, Minnesota
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Chanhassen, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Union Station is a beautiful old train station with yet another Chihuly centerpiece. Sadly, it has been turned into a federal courthouse, so it isn't as magnificent as it could be. If you want to see what can be done with an old Union Station, go to Kansas City.

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Thank Sid R
Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's amazing to walk into Union Station and see all the hustle and bustle of a busy train station. Architecture is beautiful and neat to know the history of it being built over a Roman bath house. And real gold in the ceilings...

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Thank HavePileWillTravel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently went to a memorial for a retired dispatcher who I had worked with when the Northern Pacific Railroad had a dispatcher center here. I also arrived and departed on trains from this station since 1950 as a passenger. The station has been down-sized, but it is still a beautiful place to visit.

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Thank byron s
Sammamish, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Here is something new. A courthouse with huge colorful Chihuly glass art decoration hanging from the ceiling right in the middle. How cool is that! First of all, the ancient building itself is quite a masterpiece. I love the big Rome style round roof with beautiful decorations. The rustic red brick and green sculptures reminds you of those old ages.... More 

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Thank Stan Y
Bellingham, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

The beautiful old rail station now court house also has some beautiful Chihuly glass. There is no charge to walk into the building and sit and contemplate the art.

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Thank Merlin W
New Westminster, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

It's a bit deceptive that this is a "station" as it's now a US Courthouse. Because it's a functioning courthouse, you'll be greeted by a security guard at the front door who will ask for ID and advise that you cannot take pictures of the security area. There's some Chihuly work inside the main entry way including one of his... More 

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Thank Melanie S
Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Loved the architecture of this building! No longer a train station, now owned by the feds, who use part of it as a courthouse (not allowed in that part). Good displays downstairs of railroad days. Chilhuly glass in the lobby area-gorgeous. Fun statue outside in front of station!

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Thank Linda B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

Fine old former train station, now a courthouse and museum; because it's a courthouse, it's unfortunately closed on weekends. Has been restored, has a nice glass installation too. Next to Art Museum, Glass Museum, and Glass Walkway.

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Thank 161bartonl
Olympia, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

This is worth the trip to see some more amazing Chihuly artwork, and to experience the history of this building. And it's free!

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Thank beeha13
Fort Yukon, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Union Station is a courthouse and so be prepared to show your I D as you enter. The Chihuly pieces on display are certainly worth popping in to view as you visit the nearby museums or the Tacoma branch of UW~ It's free!

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