Address
1801 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA 98402
phone: 253-284-4750
e-mail: info@museumofglass.org
web: www.museumofglass.org
Hours
Fall-Winter-Spring Hours
Wednesday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday12 PM - 5 PM
10 am to 8 pm Third Thursday of each month (Free admission 5 to 8 pm)
Summer Hours
Monday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday12 PM - 5 PM
10 am to 8 pm Third Thursday of each month (Free admission 5 to 8 pm)
Museum Store Hours
Our Museum Store is open the same hours as the Museum as well as EVERY Tuesday, 10 am to 5 pm. You can also shop online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Open Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day
Admissions
$10 Adults
$8 Seniors (age 62+), Military (with ID), Students (age 13+)
$4 Children 6-12
$30 Families (two adults and up to four children under age 18)
Free - Third Thursday of each month 5 to 8 pm
- Sundays for college students (with valid ID)
- Children under age 6
- Museum of Glass membe
Staff

Description

All glass, all the time. Housed in a striking building distinguished by its iconic 90-foot-high cone, the Museum of Glass features ongoing glassblowing demonstrations in the Hot Shop Amphitheater, where visitors learn about the creative challenges of working with molten glass. The 13,000 square feet of gallery space is dedicated to changing exhibitions of works executed in glass. A hands-on art studio is available for visitors of all ages, our theater shows a variety of films on artists who work in glass, and the Museum Store offers a large selection of glass objects. The Museum is located on the picturesque Thea Foss Waterway and is part of the Tacoma Museum District, which is linked by the Chihuly Bridge of Glass

Mission

The Museum of Glass provides a dynamic learning environment to appreciate the medium of glass through creative experiences, collections and exhibitions.

History

Although some of the original ideas about the Museum changed over time, many of the initial elements remained constant. The concept of a large glass studio, where visitors could watch artists create art from molten glass, was an integral part of the original plan —and the Hot Shop Amphitheater, located inside the 90-foot tall steel cone, fulfills that description today. The Museum was envisioned as a center that would nurture artists, celebrate the dramatic new Studio Glass movement and encourage creativity. This vision is realized through the exhibitions in the galleries, the art installations on the outdoor plazas, the hands-on art studio, and the Museum’s diverse educational programs, as well as the Hot Shop. Today, the Museum’s stainless steel cone serves as a beacon to a stunning contemporary art museum as well as a symbol for the restoration of a waterway and the revitalization of a city.