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“Great 2nd visit”
Review of Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass
Ranked #11 of 82 things to do in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: An international center for contemporary art with a sustained focus on glass.
Reviewed January 2, 2012

The exhibits have changed since last year. Worth a revisit.

Thank Peter L
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

Not to big, but must see at least ones. Little food place was nice. Good place to go with kids.

Thank MrsSmirnoff95
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Reviewed December 21, 2011

Went here because, although I've driven by many times, we had guests in town and figured it would be a nice stop. The museum is small, only enough space for 3-5 exhibits, they had 3 when we visited and I thoroughly enjoyed all three. It took us (4 people, 2 60-year-olds and 2 early 30s) about 90 minutes to go through the exhibits. Any longer for me and I would have had a declining attention span. All three exhibits were high quality, well displayed and wonderfully suited to the space.
What I enjoyed the most was sitting in the Hot Shop Studio, watching professional glass blowers make different pieces of art right in front of you! We caught the tail end of a large flower vase and then created an audience free-style design (by applause and cheering) of a vase. Sat there for about 80 minutes, got to learn a bit about the staff glassblowing and really enjoyed our time!

One big con: Their prices in the Gift Shop are OBSCENE! I've purchased art from various glass studios before and this museum was 30-40% higher than what I've seen elsewhere. Small vases and simple pieces were $80-150, whereas at other boutiques or studios I've seen them priced closer to $40-80. The intricate pieces seemed very pricey--$300 and up...they sell a lot of the art made in the Hot Shop and it just seemed incredibly unreasonable. Just our groups opinion.

Definitely worth a visit, wonderful grounds (check out the pedestrian bridge over 705) and well worth a good 2-3 hours visit! :-)

1  Thank Kat C
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Reviewed December 20, 2011

The museum is comprised of a hot shop on one end and galleries on the other. The hot shop is set up like a large theater, so you can watch as the glassworking teams create their pieces. There is a narrator present, explaining what the team is doing. We enjoyed watching that process and found it quite informative.

We took the guided tour of the galleries, which was very informative as well.

Our one surprise about the museum was that there do not appear to be any permanent collections. The galleries were comprised of the work of about four separate artists (although one had collaborative work, which included the work of other artists). So the range of work was somewhat more limited than we had expected.

Thank trat10
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Reviewed December 4, 2011

Such a unique and fun place. Great for when its rainy and you are looking for something to wow your out of town guests with:)

The only downside is that it can be a little pricey without a membership.

Thank Happyeater66_11
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