Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass, Tacoma: Hours, Address, Museum of Glass Reviews: 4/5

Museum of Glass
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Speciality Museums • Art Museums
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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An international center for contemporary art with a sustained focus on glass.
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD527 contributions
interesting but quite small
Jul 2021
Ah a glass museum in the PNW that is not (!) all Chihuly. Thank you. There are other artists out there. It's really only one extended looping gallery because the center atrium (with some works as well) and the hot shop take up quite a bit of the physical space. Did not get too much out of the glass blowing demo - no narration when I was there, but some of the closer audience members were having a short dialogue with one of the artisans. I expect your experience just naturally varies with whatever the workflow pace is at that moment. Very amusing side gallery where children suggest concepts for art and the artists in residence create a finished piece - honestly really cute and an endearing community giveback. Forgot to inquire whether they eventually get sold, presented to the kids..... The bridge of glass (rather glass displayed on a bridge) can be accessed for free if that's your pleasure. And, as to a comment below about "subjected to the homosexual stuff" (huh?), it's just a special exhibit of art done by people who happen to be LGBT, period. Tt's not like a bunch of p*****s or even particularly 'gay themed' (sheesh)
Written 1 August 2021
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Holly D
United States36 contributions
Go. See, Be amazed.
Jul 2021
The displays are well thought out and organized for perusal. The auditorium had cramped seating, but it was great to be able to watch the actual glass art creation process live! The Bridge of Glass spans the highway and has a large number of beautiful pieces on display, it is worth the trip up to see it. Big plus: Active duty military and family get in free. That was awesome! Down sides: The parking is under the museum and easy to miss if your aren't paying attention. It also has some tight turns. The gift shop...I normally purchase something just to lend some support, I just couldn't find anything that I found attractive, or that wasn't more expensive than I thought reasonable. And, I find paying $20 for a stuffed animal reasonable when supporting the zoo and such, so that might tell your something. The Bridge of Glass is NOT an actual bridge made of glass, it is a display and unfortunately there is the lingering scent of stale urine up there. Absolutely, go! See this museum and while you are at it check out some of the other museums that are in the area. It is definitely worth the trip.
Written 27 July 2021
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yyyzzz_utah
Murray, Utah512 contributions
A surprising gem, but a bit small
Jun 2021
Pricy entrance, but cool in the hottest day of the summer. I wish that there are more interesting exhibits. No water in the fountain, which is a disappointment. Front desk is very helpful.
Written 9 July 2021
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wowdogs
Klamath Falls, OR29 contributions
Always Fun
Jul 2021 • Family
Been here several times. Very educational and enjoyable. Love the rotating exhibits - each time is a new experience. Will definitely return
Written 4 July 2021
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midwestnewy0rker
Silver Spring, MD547 contributions
Impressive exhibition
May 2021 • Couples
I wrongly assumed the museum was only an exhibit of Dale Chihuly but it was so much more. The people working in the glass blowing section were interactive and fascinating to talk with. We were excited to watch them make an item and explain how and why they were doing it. Beautiful items on display. Excellent gift shop (we bought a pair of floating wine glasses). Very personable staff
Written 3 May 2021
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Gill K
Richland, WA117 contributions
The bridge is better
May 2021 • Couples
The glass blowing demo is great. The displays offer too much art and not enough glass exhibits. I suggest go to the bridge instead. It’s free and you are not subjected to the homosexual exhibit.
Written 2 May 2021
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dmcarty
Buffalo, MN93 contributions
Creative Art
Apr 2021 • Solo
I enjoyed watching the glass blowing and the Glass Bridge was amazing. I didn't know what to expect but it was a great example of art in the community.
Written 1 May 2021
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kymberliekay
Seattle, WA9 contributions
Fun date
Feb 2020 • Couples
They had a festival or something going on like Tacoma days or something. Tons of food trucks. Only thing is parking sucked so bad. They were completely packed. Very pretty stuff and fun karaoke going on. Too pricey for me but I get why the glass is expensive it’s all hand made. Fun place for a date night.
Written 22 October 2020
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kvanroon
Ireland32 contributions
A myriad of wonderfull glass sculptures
Aug 2019
Went here with my cousins as we heard so many things about it and thought it would be a nice way to spend the morning. Big mistake! We ended up spending the whole day here and none of us were sorry. From just walking into the lobby and seeing all the flags made of glass hanging over head to seeing the film by Dale Chihuly giving his story. To watching glass blowers at the kilns trying to make glass tumblers in under 7 minutes. Seeing all the incredibly detailed sculptures by native American artists is an explosion of kaleidoscopic colours so vibrant you just can't help but get immersed in the background stories. Our planned two hours ended up being six hours.
Written 17 April 2020
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BobOfBellevue
Bellevue, WA878 contributions
World Class Museum Anchors the Glass Art Community of the Pacific Northwest
Feb 2020
The world class Museum of Glass in Tacoma is a place I'm sure to take out of town visitors. The exhibits turn over 2 to 3 times per year, so repeat visits are worthwhile. My most recent visit was on the Third Thursday of the month between 5 and 8pm, when admission is free to most Tacoma museums. The event was quite well-attended and they had many artists at work in the hot shop along with a narrator who explained what we were seeing.

Make sure you begin your visit during daylight because many of the attractions are outside and free: the building itself with the tilted hot shop tower, the spectacular Bridge of Glass, other outdoor installations, and a view of the harbor.
My favorite aspects of the museum include:
- The Hot Shop with a half dozen fiery furnaces and artists at work.
- The exhibit halls with rotating collections.
- In the hallway toward the bathrooms are a delightful collection of glass art inspired by drawings of children.
- The Museum Shop looks itself like a museum.
- The cafe is great too.
Written 4 March 2020
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Museum of Glass is open:
  • Fri - Sun 10:00 - 17:00