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Museum of Glass

1801 Dock St, Tacoma, WA 98402
866 468-7386 Free

The Museum of Glass, brainchild of Tacoma’s own internationally renown glass artist, Dale Chihuly, celebrates the dramatic new Studio Glass movement, while nurturing and encouraging creativity of area artists. There are three galleries in the Museum that show changing contemporary art exhibitions. Visitors especially enjoy the several indoor and outdoor installations, but one of the biggest draws is the Hot Shop where you can see live glassmaking.

The Hot Shop Amphitheater, housed in an imposing 90-foot-tall stainless steel cone, includes a hot glass studio, cold glass studio and accommodates over 200 visitors. The cone itself is 100 feet in diameter at its base, narrowing to a 15-foot opening at the top. Molten glass is kept in 2 large furnaces, each holding 1,000-pounds of glass and reaching temperatures up to 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Another not to miss experience is the The Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a 500-foot-long pedestrian bridge that links the museum with downtown Tacoma. As you stroll across the bridge you will pass through (or should I say under) The Seaform Pavilion; this is some 2,364 objects from Chihuly's Seaform and Persian series placed on top of a 50-by-20 foot plate-glass ceiling. At bridge’s center you encounter the Crystal Towers, each rising 40 dramatic feet above the bridge deck and made of 63 large Chihuly-made crystals. Visitors are always breathless at the Venetian Wall, an 80-foot installation displaying 109 Chihuly sculptures—one of the largest blown-glass works executed in the history of the medium.