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Tacoma Art Museum

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Address: 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-3214
Phone Number: +1 253-272-4258
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tacoma Art Museum was founded by a group of volunteers in 1935...


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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It’s unusual to see this range of art exhibits in an art museum. When we visited there were 3 major themes in the exhibits - western, glass and African American artists. I’m from... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It’s unusual to see this range of art exhibits in an art museum. When we visited there were 3 major themes in the exhibits - western, glass and African American artists. I’m from the midwest where we don’t see a lot of western art. I was really impressed by the variety of styles and quality of work on this theme.... More 

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Lakewood, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a really nice museum with a rotation of shows. It's way less pretentious than the SAM, and a little cheaper, as well. Like the SAM, though, it's heavy on Chihuly stuff.

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband is in school and one assignement was to go to the museum and rate what we thought of it. We loved it they had a showcase which featured art from African Americans. Some of the most powerful art I have ever seen. I think we took a million pictures

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

especially if you are a fan of Chihuly glass. Also a wonderful exhibit from a private collection currently of depictions of native american art and artists

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

It's a small museum. You don't need more than an hour or two to visit. It has some great hands on activities for children.

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

A group of us visited the Tacoma Art Museum last night on the free night. There was a nice exhibition of western statures and paintings and another room devoted to Native American things. The exhibits were nicely done. We then went to an exhibit of Chihouly Glass, what beautiful things were displayed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

The Tacoma Art Museum was good before, but the addition of the new wing of Western Art takes the experience to another level. The HAUB family collection of Western Art spans generations of American Artists, from bronzes by names you would be familiar with to dozens of oil paintings which are amazing in scope. Possibly every major American artist focusing... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

The Tacoma Art Museum is worth a visit for an amazingly broad perspective of art AND history in Tacoma. Relatively small museum compared to many bigger-city museums, but they pack a lot into the space. Unfortunately, a major section of the museum was closed for the installation of an upcoming exhibit, but there was still plenty to fill a couple... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

Fun place to see art at it best Chilliy glass and Indian art impressive . Fun to try yourself as it art and draw/colour feel free to express yourself

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

This museum is easily accessible and offers good parking. It offered another opportunity to view Chihuly glass artworks. There were interesting video art presentations as well as some avant-garde artworks. The Western art was quite good. The Chihuly glass bridge is a short walk from the museum.

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