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“Hot Shop and kids section excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass
Ranked #4 of 77 things to do in Tacoma
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Owner description: An international center for contemporary art with a sustained focus on glass.
Yakima, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Hot Shop and kids section excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2011

Even if you are not interested in glass, the hot shop where they have live glass blowing and explanations of how pieces are made is fantastic. The people in the hot shop are experienced and can answer any question about the process of glass blowing. We watched a vase being made which had some interesting raised elements, learned how they get the patterns into the glass, and about the process in about one hour. After that we wandered through the museum. The museum has a great section that takes kids' drawings and makes them into glass. It is quite delightful. Afterwards, head out to the bridge of glass over the interstate, where you can find more pieces, and a really interesting display by Dale Chihuley.

Visited April 2011
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Alexandria, VA.
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“If you appreciate glass-making as art, this little gem is a must-see.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2011

We (ages 56, 58, 68 and 80) drove from Seattle on a rainy Sunday just to visit this museum; we allowed only a few hours--more than enough time for a leisurely visit. We parked in the garage under the museum for a few dollars; some street parking was available. Some reviewers remark on the limited collection exhibited in the main galleries. We thought the quality and diversity of pieces on display during our visit to be well worth the admission, particularly the "Glimmering Gone" installation. The collaboration of children's imaginations and glass artists produced many delightful pieces. A film theater in the building was showing a film made for children; we watched a few minutes and left. Even the restrooms employ glass. We did not eat in the museum restaurant, but the river view from there is fantastic. The exterior of the building is an integral part of enjoying glass (and water) as public art as well as its use in architecture. Although there is an elevator, this is best enjoyed on foot, with many uncovered steps to climb to get to the Chihuly glass bridge . The museum's Hot Shop amphitheater is the main draw. Visitors see firsthand the mesmerizing birth of a piece of art, and learn about the techniques and physical exertion of the art form. We felt a connection to the artist in residence and the piece we witnessed taking shape. The Vetri Glass Gallery next door to the musem has many finished pieces for sale. Alas, purchasing a piece for several thousand dollars was not in the cards, but appreciating its beauty and complexity were free, enriched by our prior museum visit. The museum gift shop has many affordable items and tourist trinkets, but we had been spoiled. If art as direct experience appeals to you, you'll enjoy your visit. You can't help but feel your admission ticket supports the future of these fine glass artists.

Visited January 2011
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“Exhibit of kids designs executed by professional glass blowers was superb.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2010

The kids designed creatures for the pros to make. The comments the kids made about their designs were priceless. The finished products were wonderful, a pleasant diversion from the marvellously artsy work by the artists. The latter were interesting also - beautiful, elegant, etc - but it was the kids who stole the show for us..

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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“Would have been better if major gallery was not closed.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2010

The outside sculptures and the Chihuly Brdige of Glass kept the trip from being a total letdown. We arrived to find out that most of the Museum was closed, after we had already paid our admission. We felt like we had been duped. If most of the museum was closed they should have only charged us half the price, not just taken a few dollars off.

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“Gorgeous art”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2010

The Museum of Glass is really quite the sight to see. The exhibits are beautiful and the glass blowing observation area is really interesting to watch. When I visited they had an exhibit where they had kids draw a creature and they recreated each piece into glass. That was probably my favorite section. The sky bridge also has glass pieces all over and there is a really cool outdoor water and glass piece. Parking and getting there is as easy as it gets. I would suggest making a day trip to Tacoma and visiting the Museum of Glass as well as the Washington State History Museum as they are directly across from each other. I think this museum is definitely kid friendly as well.

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