Tacoma Glass Museum: History, Hours and Facts

Tacoma Glass MuseumThe Tacoma Glass Museum is a wonderful place to see collections, exhibits and even live glassmaking all under one roof. It is as fun as it is educational and virtually everyone regardless of age will be astounded at the sights.

There are several hotels in Tacoma that partner with the museum and provide discounted rates if you decide to stay there. Two specifically the Hotel Murano and the Courtyard by Marriott are the most popular and accommodating.

Tacoma Glass Museum History –
The History of the Tacoma Glass Museum has humble beginnings, starting with the spark of an idea by Dr. Phiilip M. Phibbs. Together, Dr. Phibbs and Arthur Erickson, a Canadian architect went to work on designing and creating this museum, which has thousands of masterpieces, all made from glass.

The Tacoma Museum of Glass is actually adjoined to downtown Tacoma by the Bridge of Glass and makes up three other landmarks in Tacoma: Crystal Towers, the Seaform Pavilion and the Venetian Wall.

Dr. Phibbs really wanted to inspire local and traveling artists and this is the main reason for the museum. It has become one of the most exciting places to visit in Washington State for both well known, local and up and coming artists to invent, explore and create all kinds of glass structures. The museum opened during the summer of 2002, July to be precise. Ever since, there have been thousands of visitors every year.

Tacoma Glass Museum Hours –
It is important to note that hours vary, depending upon the season. During the spring, fall and winter months, the museum is open 5 days of the week. Between Wednesday and Saturday, the business hours are from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. On Sundays the hours are from 12:00- 5:00 p.m. The museum is closed both Monday and Tuesday. The doors close for these specific winter holidays: New Year’s Day, Christmas and Thanksgiving. All other major holidays they remain open. During the summer months, which include May through September or Memorial Day through Labor Day, the museum is frequented by most tourists looking for fun things to do in Tacoma, so the hours and days of operation are extended.

Open 7 days a week, but the hours are different. From Monday to Saturday, the hours are from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. On Sundays: from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. However, during the 3rd Thursday of every month during the summer, they are open from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. However, throughout the year, the museum closes to the public for special programs, auctions and parties.

Tacoma Glass Museum Facts –
• There are a few interesting facts that deserve special attention. For example, the hot shop building where the glass blowing occurs is 90 feet in high the two furnaces actually reach temperatures as hot as 2400F.

• While there are other glass museums all over the world, only the one located in Tacoma has a specific focus on Pacific Northwest and Contemporary Art. They feature work from the 1900s to the current century only.

• The Bridge of Glass, which connects the museum with downtown Tacoma, is the work of Dale Chihuly, who coincidentally designed the Chihuly Garden and Glass located in Seattle.