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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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Best EVER !

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love to bring visitors and guests to Tacoma to this unique museum. Not only are special glass art presentations part of the experience, they also have video presentations and live glass furnaces being used by guest artists and students from local colleges. It is simply fascinating to watch how the glass art takes shape. And it is just off... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

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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