Tacoma Museum District

Six major museums line Tacoma's downtown core to form an impressive and distinct district showcasing some of the world's best collections and unique artwork.

Discover creative culture, exquisite glass, timeless history, classic automobiles, family fun and maritime heritage in Tacoma’s Museum District.


Tacoma Art Museum

The Tacoma Art Museum connects people through art. It displays remarkable collections of work by Northwest artists and features traveling exhibits throughout the year. The museum is host to a permanent display of glass art by Tacoma native and world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly. 

 


Museum Of Glass

The Museum of Glass dominates the skyline with its 90-foot angled silver cone which houses a working Hot Shop amphitheater. Watch skilled artisans create masterpieces with molten glass–and perhaps buy one later in the gift shop. The museum's three galleries feature exhibits of many forms of glass and contemporary art.

Washington State History Museum

The Washington State History Museum tells the stories of the people, places and industries that have shaped the state– from the first Native Americans to present times. It features interactive exhibits, high-tech displays and historical artifacts, plus a fun History Lab for kids.

LeMay – America's Car Museum

LeMay – America's Car Museum spotlights America’s love affair with the automobile. The museum explores how automobiles have fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The facility houses up to 500 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners, corporations and the LeMay collection.

Children's Museum Of Tacoma

The Children's Museum of Tacoma features hands-on exhibits and an art studio for children of all ages to learn and play. In January 2012, the museum opened a brand new, 8,600-square foot facility with more exhibits and more room for fun. The Museum features three sections to explore: woods, water and voyager [the imagination].

Foss Waterway Seaport

Foss Waterway Seaport is Tacoma's spectacular century-old restored shipping warehouse and maritime heritage educational center. Currently undergoing construction, by mid-2012 the 'new Seaport' will emerge as Puget Sound's premier maritime education and recreation center where families, students and communities go to discover, explore, work and play with on the water activities.

Chihuly Bridge Of Glass

The Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a 500-foot pedestrian walkway, connects the Museum of Glass to the Washington State History Museum plaza. The bridge contains three displays of Chihuly glass art, creating a free outdoor "museum." Next door, restored historic Union Station also boasts a free Chihuly glass display in its rotunda, which includes a dramatic chandelier containing 600 glass forms.