We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Always Good!”
Review of Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum
Ranked #8 of 82 things to do in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Celebrating 81 years, Tacoma Art Museum is an anchor in the city’s downtown and a gathering place for connecting people through art via thoughtful exhibitions, exciting events, and enriching programs. The museum’s collection of more than 4,500 works emphasizes the art and artists of the Northwest and broader western region. Highlights of the collection include: -the largest retrospective museum collection of glass art by Tacoma native Dale Chihuly on continued view; -the largest collection of studio art jewelry by Northwest artists; -key holdings in 19th century European and 20th-century American art; -one of the finest collections of Japanese woodblock prints on the West Coast; and -the Haub Family Collection, one of the nation’s premier western American art collections, with approximately 300 works spanning 200 years. The Haub Family Collection is the first major museum collection of western American art in the Pacific Northwestern region. Named by USA Today as one of the “Top 10 Great Places to See Art in Smaller Cities,” the museum has developed a national reputation for presenting art in a thought-provoking yet accessible manner, with a strong commitment to Northwest art through its acquisition and exhibition programs. In addition to dynamic exhibitions, nationally touring shows, and historical retrospectives, TAM serves the diverse communities of the region through innovative programming and learning opportunities for all ages, including free community events. TAM is located in Tacoma’s Museum District, near the Museum of Glass, the Washington State History Museum, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, and historic Union Station.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Stroller parking
Reviewed October 25, 2012

The Tacoma Art Museum always has good shows - even sometimes a bit controversial. But then, that's what art is and what makes it fun! I love the flow of the museum too - its light, airy, not boring and it doesn't make you almost fall asleep - like many museums tend to do. Its definitely worth repeated visits since the shows change.

Thank JohnSallyTacoma
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (217)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

188 - 192 of 217 reviews

Reviewed October 17, 2012

Visited here recently, found it very disappointing, place is almost empty. Nice location and facilities, but the art is so minimal, displays not clean..... it really needs to be free. Skip this one

1  Thank Bob_in_ONT
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 13, 2012

The best time I visited they had the Norman Rockwell exhibit alongside the Dale Chihuly glass exhibit. Very good time and a good meal in the Cafe at a reasonable price.

Thank Norma O
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 28, 2012

I was totally fascinated by the 40 or more pieces of this art form that were on display. This artist really is so creative. There are more of his work throughout the Seattle area.

Thank CaliforniaViv
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 26, 2012

The Tacoma Art Museum is definitely worth a visit. The permanent collection has some nice items, and they get some excellent touring exhibitions. For some reason, they have a lot of Chihuly glass, so you can come here instead of the nearby Museum of Glass to see work by the state's most famous artist.

Thank Henry S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Tacoma Art Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing