Tacoma Museums and Art Galleries Walking Tour, Tacoma

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

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: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall
  • Museum of Glass
  • Washington State History Museum
  • Tacoma Art Museum
  • Children's Museum of Tacoma
  • American Art Company
  • Working Waterfront Maritime Museum
Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall

1) Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall (must see)

Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall has such a name due to its large dome. This hall is an entertainment complex that combines several exhibitions, a museum and different events take place there, like football games and concerts. The museum is called sport museum, as sport heritage of the city is very rich. There is a restaurant in the Dome too. The design of the building is modern and very beautiful.
Museum of Glass

2) 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
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Washington State History Museum

3) Washington State History Museum (must see)

The Washington State History Museum in downtown Tacoma maintains three permanent exhibits. One is about the history of Washington State and relation to the Pacific Northwest with artifacts from Women's Suffrage, Industrialization, Native American Tribes and items such as Clovis Points.

The top floor of the museum contains the History Lab, where visitors can explore and learn about history in a more hands-on fashion with multiple interactive exhibits.

Also on the top floor is the largest permanent model train layout in the state at 1,700 sq ft (160 m2), which recreates scenes from Tacoma's Union Station (where the museum is located) and other regional railroads. The museum has an annual Model Train Festival in December.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
3rd Thursday: until 8pm with free admission from 3-8pm
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Tacoma Art Museum

4) 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.

Opening Hours:
Tue–Sun: 10am–5pm; Free Thursdays: 5–8pm
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Children's Museum of Tacoma

5) 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.
American Art Company

6) American Art Company

The American Art Company was founded in 1889. It displays different contemporary art. You will see art on paper, silk, sculpture, wood and others. There are many home decoration arts. Artists from around the world exhibit their works there. You will see art from the US as well as Japan and Europe. The gallery welcomes its visitors Monday - Friday from 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM, and Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Working Waterfront Maritime Museum

7) 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.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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.
Tacoma Introduction Walking Tour

Tacoma Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
North Waterfront Walk

North Waterfront Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles