Discover the Museums of Tacoma’s Museum District

Chihuly Glass at the Tacoma Glass Museum.The Museum District in downtown Tacoma is one of the top attractions in Washington’s third-largest city. These cultural institutions offer opportunities for children and adults alike to learn about the world around them in a fun environment. Discover these museums on your next trip to Tacoma.

Tacoma Museum of Glass

As the only glass museum west of the Mississippi River, the Tacoma Museum of Glass is a unique destination in the Museum District. Focused on 20th- and 21st-century artists, this 75,000-square-foot museum has displays, installations, and traveling exhibits from some of the world’s most prominent glass artists. You can also watch demonstrations of glassblowing and glass art.

The Tacoma Museum of Glass is located at 1801 Dock St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $17 for adults (13-64), $14 for seniors (65+), and $5 for children (6-12).

Tacoma Art Museum

With a focus on the works of artists from the Pacific Northwest between the 19th and the 21st centuries, the Tacoma Art Museum is one of the only museums of its kind. It also has a massive collection of Western Art and an entire section dedicated to the work of Dale Chihuly of Tacoma Museum of Glass fame. The museum has a rotating list of exhibits that include portraiture, sculpture, photography, and more.

Located at 1701 Pacific Avenue, the Tacoma Art Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and students.

Insider Tip: Take advantage of free admission from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

Foss Waterway Seaport Museum

Located on the shores of Puget Sound, Tacoma has a rich maritime history. Explore the boats, captains, and industries that shaped the past and present of Tacoma’s shipping industry at the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum. Featuring boats, hands-on exhibits, and maritime artifacts, this museum is unlike any other in the area.

You can find the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum at 705 Dock Street. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children, students, and military personnel.

LeMay America’s Car Museum

Whether you’re a car enthusiast, a collector, or somewhere in between, you’ll love all the vehicles at Lemay America’s Car Museum. With over 250 automobiles and artifacts spanning back 100 years, there’s something for everyone. Past and current exhibits include Steve McQueen’s vehicle from “Bullitt,” real NASCAR race cars, and classic cars from the 1960s.

Lemay America’s Car Museum is located at 2702 E. D Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with admission from $10 to $18.

Whether your idea of an educational day is learning about a muscle car, seeing how glass artwork is made, or admiring the contributions of regional artists, the Tacoma Museum District provides six venues that are sure to make a lasting impression.


Chihuly Glass, Bridge of Glass Tacoma” via Flickr by amanderson2. Used with permission via CC BY 2.0 / cropped from original