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Tacoma Art Museum

1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-3214
+1 253-272-4258
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Outstanding

Incredible museum. The Chihuly exhibit is unbelievable. Great all around museum. The staff is very... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Squawbrook
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Branford, Connecticut
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Wonderful Collection

The western art room addition is so lovely. As a member, I stop in when I am in the area just to... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2017
Diann S
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Steilacoom, Washington
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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.
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“new wing” (12 reviews)
“chihuly glass” (19 reviews)
“audio guide” (4 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-3214
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible museum. The Chihuly exhibit is unbelievable. Great all around museum. The staff is very helpful as well.

Thank Squawbrook
Reviewed 12 September 2017

The western art room addition is so lovely. As a member, I stop in when I am in the area just to have a look at some of my favorites. Well done exhibits

Thank Diann S
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Disclaimer: I like big, obvious, contemporary art. They start off strong, with massive, jewel-cut figures at the entrance. Their mascot is a giant dog. They have a curved grid (think z = x^2 + y^2) with glass balls on it, defying gravity by not flowing...More

Thank zenglu
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The museum recently chose to host a select exhibit, Art AIDS America which exhibited in very few museums nationwide. The exhibit displayed a historical overview of HIV/AIDS through the portrayal of art installations as well as several pieces which served as jumpstarters for provocative communications...More

Thank iris0507
Reviewed 7 September 2017

This is not a large museum, but has good features exhibits of Western art and Americana, plus local glass blowing. Within walking distance of the University of Washington Tacoma, the Washington State History museum and the Tacoma Glass Museum. Cafe and Gift shop are also...More

Thank Lee M
Reviewed 28 August 2017

We had visited the Glass Museum hoping to learn more about Dale Chihuly, but was disappointed to find out their Chihuly exhibit was closed. We learned that the Tacoma Art Museum has a collection donated by the artist. It isn't large (nothing like the Chihuly...More

Thank vagabondodelmondo
Reviewed 20 August 2017

We came to see the Haub collection and were told it was loaned out, there was nothing on their website about this, very frustrating. Zhi LIN's exhibit In Search of the Lost History of Chinese Migrants and the Transcontinental Railroads was very interesting. The only...More

1  Thank shock43
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

Small, but intriguing museum. There is a lot of Indian art, along with a Chihuly display. Our favorite section was devoted to Chinese art, and the tragic history of construction of the Northern Pacific Railway which resulted in the deaths of thousands of Chinese immigrants....More

Thank Dana H
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The Tacoma Art Museum, with it's recently opened Haub Western Wing is a destination list must! The museum exhibits a wonderful array of historic and modern art, including an amazing collection of Western art including several works of Tacoma's own Western artist, Fred Oldfield!

Thank twograns
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

We didn't know what to expect here, but we were so happy to see the wonderful collection of western art and Chihuly glassworks. We were able to enter for free with our North American reciprocal card from our museum in Georgia, but if you have...More

Thank Kay M
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froon
16 February 2017|
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Response from TacomaArtMuseum | Property representative |
Museum parking is managed by Republic Parking Northwest and costs $2/hour. All-day rate is $12 for up to 10 hours. More info: bit.ly/TAMvisit On-street parking on Pacific Ave is free on Sundays, but spaces fill up quickly... More
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$15 for each adult $13 students, military, seniors $40 for families (2 adults and up to 4 children) Children under 5 are free
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