Museum Of Glass

And Chihuly Bridge Of Glass

Tacoma, Washington

1801 Dock St; access via Pacific Ave south of Union Station/Courthouse

Glass art doesn't do a lot for me. Individual pieces will catch my eye, but generally in small doses. But if you're interested in glass art, you should check out the Museum of Glass. The museum is home to extensive collections of 20th and 21st century glass, works inspired by children's drawings, and works created through its Visiting Artist Residency Program. The museum also features a constantly changing set of temporary exhibits.

One of the museum's popular features is the large stainless steel cone that houses the museum's hot shop. This amphitheatre lets visitors watch glass blowing demonstrations. The hot shop includes both hot and cold studios and a glass casting area.

Tacoma native Dale Chihuly's work is well-represented in the museum. Chihuly and his friend Phil Phibbs were key drivers behind the creation of the museum, and Chihuly is world famous for his contributions to the Studio Glass movement.

Although a highway separates the museum from Tacoma's downtown core, it is easily accessed by the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. As you cross the bridge towards the musuem you'll see some of his work, starting with the Seaform Pavilion, then the Crystal Towers, and finally the Venetian Wall.

tacoma museum of glass and the chihuly bridge of glass

Museum of Glass and the Chihuly Bridge of Glass (T15A0094)
The Crystal Towers and hot shop cone are distinctive features in this view of the Museum of Glass.

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