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“Museum of Glass vs Chihuly Garden & Glass”
Review of Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass
Ranked #4 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 23, 2013

It is hard not to compare the two.

The highlights of the Museum of Glass are the Glass Hot Shop and Chihuly Bridge of Glass. The hot shop gives you an overall understanding of glass making with great narration of the process. It is casual so questions may be asked and answered by the narrator or glass blowers. The Chihuly Bridge of Glass is impressive with its individual works displayed and the two towering blue glass sculptures. The glass works displayed were OK. It was disappointing that the Gallery was closed to prep for a new exhibit. The onsite cafe had great food - they just changed the food vendor.

The Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle is spectacular. If I had to choose which to visit, it would be the Chihuly Garden and Glass. I would visit the Museum of Glass if I had nothing else better to do.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

This place is not even worth half price admission. You are not allowed to take photos, there are only two small exhibits (maybe three if you count the glassworks in the hallway leading to the bathroom), and the glass making show is so crowded it's nearly impossible to find a space to view it. Definitely not child friendly, either. The best part of our visit was lunch at the cafe inside (which was amazing).

2  Thank creslean
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

It was a good thing that we went on a Thursday afternoon for free, otherwise we'd have been really steamed about paying a lot for very little. There was a small winding hallway with about, oh, twenty-five underwhelming glass structures, all phallically shaped and as dull as can be. We couldn't believe this was the sum-total of the museum. The Hot Shop, where the glass is blown, was actually pretty cool. Surprisingly, it was the gift shop that had the best glass displays, although priced a bit too high for our tastes. All in all, the glass museum was a major disappointment in our Tacoma itinerary.

1  Thank kathleenhoverter
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

we live in WA and try some of the tourist attractions out here. this place was a nice experience but a little pricey for us to try again. not a place for kids that like to explore and touch things. i had to hold on to my kids the whole time because they were so amazed of all the different color glass that they wanted to touch it but of course glass is fragile, which we get. im glad that we went to see the glass museum but maybe not again. I know that its only like $12 for adults and like $5 for kids but there are 6 of us and the museum is a small one

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

It was fun to watch the glass working demos, and what was on exhibit was nice, but one of the three galleries was closed, so we didn't see as much as a summer visitor. Got a few bucks off admission, though. Worth a visit.

1  Thank mexinger
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