Museum of Glass

1801 Dock St
Tacoma, WA 98402

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Neighborhood: Downtown Tacoma

Museum of Glass Schedule and Tickets

Oct 15 10:00 AM Make Your Own Glass: Bead Making Workshop
Nov 19 10:00 AM Make Your Own Glass: Bead Making Workshop
Dec 17 10:00 AM Make Your Own Glass: Bead Making Workshop

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City/neighborhood: Tacoma

Cuisine: American
Coffee/Dessert

Price: $4 - $10

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on third Thursday of each month, with free admission 5-8 p.m. Fall hours (Sept. 5) : 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday Through Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on third Thursday of each month, with free admission 5-8 p.m.

Meals: Lunch

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Payment forms accepted:
Visa
MasterCard

Parking: Paid parking, Street parking

Disabled access: No obstacles to access

Features:
Kid-friendly


If the sole purpose of the Museum of Glass was to sit on the banks of Tacoma's Thea Foss waterway and look good, it would be enough. The Arthur Erickson-designed museum, with its metal-plated, 90-foot-tall cone-shaped tower, is one of the most beautiful modern structures in Washington State.

But the museum enjoys an even greater distinction: It is the only museum in the United States to feature nothing but contemporary glass art, and one of only three such museums in the world. Works from artists the world over adorn its 13,000 square feet of exhibition space, and you can also watch new works being created in the "Hot Box" theater. Ever wonder what an annealer is? You'll find out.

Even if you don't enter the museum, visiting is a pleasure. Several permanent works — including Tacoma native Dale Chihuly's breathtaking "Bridge of Glass" — are installed on the grounds. They're eminently photogenic, and it's a good thing, too — cameras aren't allowed inside the museum itself.

By Geoff Carter
NWsource staff