The Museum of Glass in linked to the city by, what else, a bridge of glass, lined with creations by Tacoma native Dale Chihully.
Chihully is the museum's first artist in residence. Working in a "hotshop" housed underneath a 90-foot stainless steel cone, artists here create works directly for exhibition in the galleries.
"The Pacific Northwest has really become the center for glass," said Chihully. "Those who come to the museum get to sit here and watch glass being made."
Outside, sculptor Howard Bentre invites visitors to cool off in his bronze and glass water forest.
"Be surrounded by the water. It's about touching, feeling and sensuality," said Bentre to his visitors.
Also on view are works by glass masters from around the globe. Strange glass structures decorate the museum and feel right at home here in Tacoma, where every work is truly a "glass act."
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
$8 for adults; $6 seniors, military and students; $3 for children 6-12
Free every third Thursday of the month 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
1801 East Dock Street
Tacoma, WA 98402-3217
Phone 253.284.4750 (Pierce County only)