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Tacoma Art Museum

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Address: 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone Number: +1 253-272-4258
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--History--

Tacoma Art Museum was founded by a group of volunteers in 1935...

--History--

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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Great exhibition space and cafe

Spent the morning viewing 2 new exhibits of New acquisitions and new Native American modern pieces. Spend 2.5 hours and had lunch in their cafe. Was delicious. I got the museum... read more

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Spent the morning viewing 2 new exhibits of New acquisitions and new Native American modern pieces. Spend 2.5 hours and had lunch in their cafe. Was delicious. I got the museum pass and used in all 4 museums.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Small museum, but has great exhibits that will cause you to think and appreciate the art medium. I was also impressed by the exhibit featuring work by Chihuly - while placed in a small room, it really encompasses many pieces of his work. Many similar pieces to those in the Chihuly Gardens museum in Seattle. It is expensive. If you're... More 

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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a good way to spend an hour or so. Well maintained. Chihuly exhibit is amazing! We got in free for Bank of America "first weekend" promotion so was worth the time. Small gift shop but well maintained with unique items.

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Bellingham, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has a varied collection of local artists with a small Chihuly exhibit. The museum staff provide a hands on class for children and adults of all ages to create your own pieces. There also is a Chichuly waking tour within blocks of the museum which added to the experience. The cafe on site provided a good menu with... More 

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a small museum and can be covered quickly depending on your degree of inspection. I particularly enjoyed the Western Art which depicted cowboy and Native American life via statues, portraits and landscapes. The collection of Chihuly glass was superior to that at the nearby Glass Museum though not nearly as extensive as the Seattle display. There was also... More 

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Lincoln City, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here while walking around downtown Tacoma. They had an interesting Chihuly exhibit and my favorite part was the Munch exhibit they had. That made it an enjoyable experience, but the rest was just over indulgent noise. Not worth the admission fee in my opinion.

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Aventura, Florida, USA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Very glad we had passes and did not pay to see this museum. We were very disappointed! There was a good Munch exhibit but little else. The interesting point was a hands on workshop where two instructors were teaching print making. Skip this and go the the museum in Seattle.

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Tacoma, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Unimpressive art in decent display. The museum staff work hard to make art collections of low standards look impressive. Go if you must but head to Seattle for a real museum.

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Tacoma, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

I visited for the first time this week. I might go again. Most of the core collection is from PNW artists. When I went there was an excellent exhibit on Edvard Munch (famous for "The Scream") The building itself is very comfortable with ramps between galleries, occasional benches, and facts about the artists and their work in English on the... More 

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Springfield, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

I'll admit the draw for me was Chihuly's masterpieces and I wasn't disappointed but I saw so much more. Chihuly's many pieces are magnificent but I learned about his entrepreneurial and generous spirit as well as his giving back to the community. Our guide inspired me to notice and appreciate a great deal more about this artist as well as... More 

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