Tacoma Museums and Art Galleries Walking Tour, Tacoma (Self Guided)

Tacoma is a city that is very rich in culture. There are many museums in Tacoma where you can learn interesting things about the city, its history and culture. There is a large exhibition hall in the city with different temporary exhibitions. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most worthwhile museums and exhibitions of Tacoma.
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Tacoma Museums and Art Galleries Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Tacoma Museums and Art Galleries Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Tacoma (See other walking tours in Tacoma)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Author: vickyc
Children's Museum of Tacoma

1) Children's Museum of Tacoma (must see)

Children's Museum of Tacoma is a great place to visit for both kids and adults. There are many different fascinating exhibitions, art studios and all kinds of amazing and fun facilities for kids. This wonderful museum inspires creativity and educates children through interactive activities. Operation Hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm; Tuesday: 10–11:30 am.
Tacoma Art Museum

2) Tacoma Art Museum (must see)

In May 2003, Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) opened a new facility twice the size of its previous home, allowing the museum to expand on its vision and mission. American Institute of Architects AIA Gold Medal winner Antoine Predock designed the building located in the heart of Tacoma’s Cultural District.

It features flexible exhibition space in a series of galleries that wrap around an open-air stone courtyard. The galleries showcase Tacoma Art Museum’s permanent collection of American, European, and Asian art, highlighting Northwest artists; and traveling national and international exhibitions. The interior reflects the museum’s spirit, from the emphasis on education spaces that are designed to make art accessible to the framed views of Mt. Rainier and Tacoma's growing core.

Operating hours: Wednesday – Sunday:10 am – 5 pm; Thursday (March 22–June 7): 10 am–8 pm;

Free Third Thursday of each month: 5 pm–8 pm

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Washington State History Museum

3) Washington State History Museum (must see)

The Washington State History Museum is owned and operated by the Washington State Historical Society under the official approval of the Washington State Legislature.

The museum maintains a permanent exhibit about the history of the Pacific Northwest, and continually hosts temporary exhibits that further illuminate some portion of the history of the state of Washington. The top floor of the museum contains a "history lab" where visitors can experience and learn about history in a more hands-on fashion.

Operating hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

Third Thursday of each month: until 8 pm with free admission from 2 pm - 8 PM

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Museum of Glass

4) Museum of Glass (must see)

The Museum of Glass (MOG) is a museum dedicated to the medium of glass art.

The museum, the brainchild of Dr. Philip M. Phibbs, was designed by acclaimed Canadian architect Arthur Erickson and opened in July 2002. The museum is linked to the downtown area via Bridge of Glass. The bridge consists of thousands of glass-art masterpieces created by Dale Chihuly to make up the Venetian Wall, Seaform Pavilion and Crystal Towers.

The museum exhibits a conical building, which houses the glass blowing demonstrations. The room reaches 90 feet (27 m) and has two furnaces reaching temperatures of 2,400 °F (1,320 °C). There were also several other outdoor exhibits including the Water Forest, reflecting pools and a waterfront promenade.

Operating hours: Monday – Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm

Third Thursday of each month: 10 am - 8 pm

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Working Waterfront Maritime Museum

5) Working Waterfront Maritime Museum (must see)

The Working Waterfront Maritime Museum sits on the Thea Foss Waterway. Along with the Discovery Wharf Children’s Activity Area, the WWMM is a part of the Foss Waterway Seaport, a non-profit organization founded in 1996.

It has two primary exhibitions, “Back Yard to Big Time,” and the “Balfour Dock Building.” The museum also holds several exhibits of individual objects, including the James Robert Hanssen rowboat, Andrew Foss rowboats, Willits canoes, a model SS Tacoma, and a selection of early maritime photos. The museum houses ongoing boat restoration projects, which are on view. Tall ships also frequent the museum’s dock on yearly festival rounds. Ten upcoming exhibits have been proposed by the development teams.

Operating hours: Wednesday to Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday: 12 pm – 4 pm.

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Walking Tours in Tacoma, Washington

Create Your Own Walk in Tacoma

Create Your Own Walk in Tacoma

Creating your own self-guided walk in Tacoma is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
North Waterfront Walk

North Waterfront Walk

Set on the banks of Puget Sound, south of Seattle, Tacoma city is a picturesque place. Particularly this is true of Tacoma's Waterfront, a paved sidewalk running along Puget Sound’s Commencement Bay. Much loved by walkers, joggers or those searching for a good place to eat with a view, the Waterfront area holds a number of prominent attractions. This orientation walk will lead you to the...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Landmarks Walking Tour in Tacoma

Landmarks Walking Tour in Tacoma

Tacoma is a very beautiful city with different sightseeings and landmarks. You can visit beautiful churches, see historical buildings, and take a walk in beautiful parks decorated with fountains and monuments. Take this self-guided tour to see the most famous landmarks in Tacoma.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Tacoma for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Tacoma has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Tacoma, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.