Museum of Glass

1801 Dock Street, Tacoma, WA 98402 - United States





Located in Tacoma, Washington, Museum of Glass is a contemporary art museum dedicated to glass and glassmaking in the West Coast’s largest and most active museum glass studio. Opened in 2002, the Museum has established a reputation for hosting impactful and engaging artist residencies, organizing nationally traveling exhibitions, and creating unique programs for visitors while building a growing permanent collection chronicling the development of modern and contemporary glass. Museum of Glass provides an environment for artists and the public to ignite creativity, fuel discovery, and enrich their lives through glass and glassmaking.


With live glassblowing demonstrations and amazing art, there are plenty of ways for all ages to explore glass.

Watch contemporary glass history in the making as our Hot Shop Team, in collaboration with Visiting Artists, demonstrate the fascinating process of creating works of art from molten glass. Live glass demonstrations occur every day we're open, and give you a better understanding of how the objects you see in the Museum were made. Visitors can also explore Museum exhibitions, including:

Counterparts: Glass + Art Elements
Counterparts: Glass + Art Elements discusses creative expression through groupings of glass and non-glass artworks. Exploring the seven elements of art: color, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value, this exhibition examines the evolution and acceptance of glass as an artistic medium.

What Are You Looking At? An Eccentric Chorus of Artists Working in Glass
Explore the unique experiments and prototypes pursued during 20 years of joint artist residencies at Pilchuck Glass School and Museum of Glass.

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