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“TAM” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum
Ranked #7 of 76 things to do in Tacoma
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Owner description: --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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2012

I've never been disappointed in the exhibits. My favorite, to date, was the Norman Rockwell exhibit. Opening with an all-American pancake breakfast served by Boy Scouts, well-organized and informative docent led tours, it was very enjoyable. I viewed the newest, controversial exhibit "Hide/Seek" and thought it interesting and sensitively presented.

Visited March 2012
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Shelton, Washington
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262 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Has great visiting exhibits and contemporary art”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2012

Parking is a bit of a bother since it is down and around below the building. Inside it is a very nice place to visit. I have seen some great exhibits there.

Visited July 2011
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Tacoma, WA
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Impressive exhibits”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2012

While the nearby Museum of Glass tends to get more press, TAM is arguably the better museum. As a foundation, the museum has an impressive collection of Northwest and glass art, including a permanent Chihuly showcase. But what sets TAM apart is its ability to get top-notch traveling exhibits, ranging from a Norman Rockwell show to the controversial Hide/Seek exhibition going on now. TAM is a great space in a great location.

Visited November 2011
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Pasco, Washington
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389 reviews
163 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Fabulous displays”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2012

I love this art museum... great exhibits but I wish there had been more to enjoy

Visited February 2012
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Tacoma Washington
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56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“The Tacoma Art Museum is by design a wonderful space, the exhibitions and staff complete an inspirational experience.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2012

There were four distinct exhibitions on display, all very different from each other, all very thought provoking.

Visited February 2012
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