Distance from Seattle, WA = 34 miles
Museum of Glass
1801 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA 98402
Reason to go: See the Dome Districts modern improvements. Lots of money is going into remodeling of this waterfront area. New apartment buildings, restaurants and growing artistic neighborhood. Parking is easy. There is a garage with a great deal of space under the museum, and the cost is reasonable. Taking the elevator up to the museum is easy in case someone is disabled.
You can plan on spending 1 1/2 - 2hrs visiting the museum. The gallery portion isn't the largest I have seen about blown glass, but the quality and difficulty of the collection makes enjoyable. I would start off with the "Hot Shop." Inside the landmark Hot Shop dome is an amphitheater where you can sit and watch resident and visiting art glass blowers performing their craft live with narration. At the MOG they are making glass blown art, not 4 glass bottles a second, so depending on what the current piece will be the process from start to finish can take 30min to over an hour. I started off in the amphitheater for about 30 min then went to the gallery and came back to see the last phase of making the art piece.
The gift shop features all sorts of glass items from all over the world, and some smaller versions of pieces you can see in the collection. Large section of books on the history of glass art, coffee table sized books of different artists, ornaments, paper weights etc.
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