Museum of Glass

While we were in Tacoma we stopped by the Museum of Glass to see some of native Dale Chihuly’s pieces.

The day was cold and gray, so hiding inside the museum was a nice relief. It’s a relatively small place with a few galleries, a museum shop, and a theater. The main attraction is the Hot Shop inside the cone, which is also the most visible part from the street. Visitors find stadium-style seating around the glassmaking inside. This is by far the most interesting part of the visit: watching the glass ooze and melt into hardened forms by shaping experts.

We made sure to walk over the Bridge of Glass (not actually made of glass, Jesse was disappointed to find out), which holds many more Chihuly pieces than inside the museum. The colors and shapes are riotous, and quite mesmerizing. Just over the bridge is the Palace of Fine Arts–on weekdays visitors can go inside the lobby to see another hanging glass piece. We made do with peeking in the doors.

A bit more strolling gets visitors to the Art Museum, and the Children’s Museum just down the way. We stopped to eat and warm up at Elemental Pizza, which was delicious.

If You Go:

Be sure to walk over the Bridge of Glass. If you want to keep the activity free and Chihuly-centric, stop there! The exhibits inside the museum are rotating, and more of his pieces are on the bridge than inside.

If you do pay, make the most of the ticket price and plan to spend awhile in the Cone: I found that to be the most interesting by far.

Children’s Museum: We skipped it this time, as it looks best for older kids. Later!

Elemental Pizza: Yummy wood-fired pizza.

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