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“Interesting, but not worth a trip out of your way.”
Review of Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass
Ranked #4 of 80 things to do in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: An international center for contemporary art with a sustained focus on glass.
Freeland, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
295 reviews
159 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Interesting, but not worth a trip out of your way.”
Reviewed 29 August 2014

If you are in the area, Tacoma, the Glass museum display out side which are free are very nice and can be seen in less than 20 min. Chihuly glass displays are on the walkway over the road and free to look at. Behind the museum and next to the boat docks is a nice glass display also. The price to get in was reasonable but the display is quite small. Parking is located under the building, very convenient. Now having said that the live display of glass blowers creating a bald eagle head for a visiting artist, Fred Curtist was interesting, but there was no visual of the end product and Fred Curtist was going to work on the glass blowing products made here in Tacoma back in Ireland. . it left me kind of wanting, to see the end result. The staff is friendly and the facility is clean. There is a gift shop and a cafe. I guess this was below our expectations because we went to Chihuly Garden and Glass (downtown Seattle) in the morning and was just blown away. I would not comment the Museum for children under 12.

Visited August 2014
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“No Chihuly in this museum”
Reviewed 28 August 2014

This museum was a waste. They have lost virtually all their Dale Chihuly pieces to the Seattle glass museum. You can see everything in 10 minutes, a terrible value.

Visited August 2014
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North Vancouver, Canada
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7 attraction reviews
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“Don't enter - walk around”
Reviewed 28 August 2014

No point entering. The real highlights are outside the museum. The glass bridge and fountains overshadow the paltry offerings inside the museum. Save your money for something better. The courtside opposite the museum also has decent glass art on display.

Visited August 2014
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Portland, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Pricey Gift shop but No Surprise”
Reviewed 28 August 2014

We enjoyed being close to the exhibits, being able to take photos, using the movable large letters to create a personal message for a picture. We enjoyed the variety of art works.

Visited August 2014
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phoenix, AZ
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A total must see if you are visiting Washington State”
Reviewed 27 August 2014 via mobile

This was our second visit. I was sure our visit today would not be as good but I was total incorrect! We both loved it! They had a visiting artist, who had been commissioned by the queen of England to do a bald eagle to go in a JFK museum in Ireland, so Mr Curtis, the artist and reknown crystal cutter was there creating this masterpiece! We had a wonderful docent who was also a great story teller! She told about the current exhibits with such enthusiasm and a bit of humor. Her name was Carla and she knows all about glass and the art of glassblowing. We loved our hours spent at the museum and look forward to another visit again in the future! The Glass Museum and the Lemay auto Museum should put Tacoma on the map as a city to be sure to go to!

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