The Tacoma Art Museum is a museum in Tacoma, Washington emphasizing art and artists from the Northwest and broader western region. Founded in the 1935, the museum has strong roots in the community and anchors Tacoma’s downtown university and museum district.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Tacoma Art Museum by using our Tacoma trip planner .
The Tacoma Art Museum developed out of the Tacoma Art League, an informal gathering that began around 1891. In the 1930s, it was renamed the Tacoma Art Society, before finally becoming the Tacoma Art Museum 1964. The museum is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting the visual arts of the American Northwest, with the mission of bringing people together through art. The museum’s permanent collection includes the premier collection of Tacoma local Dale Chihuly’s glass artwork on permanent public display.
In 1971, the L. T. Murray family (owners of the Murray Pacific Northwest timber company) gave the Tacoma Art Museum a three-story building at 12th Street and Pacific Avenue. Built in 1922, the building at 1123 Pacific Avenue previously housed the National Bank of Tacoma. In May 2003, the Tacoma Art Museum moved from this location into a new, 50,000 square foot (4,650 m²) building located at 1701 Pacific Avenue, which was designed by Antoine Predock. Nearly twice the size of its previous location, the new $22-million steel and glass structure provided the space to exhibit more of the permanent collection. In designing the building, Predock drew inspiration from the region’s light, its relationship to the water, the neighborhood’s industrial history and character, Mount Rainier, the Thea Foss Waterway, and the surrounding structures in what is now known as the Museum District.
Completed in November 2014, an additional $15.5-million building project has added approximately 16,000 square feet (1500 m²), and houses the new Haub Family Collection of Western American Art. This collection establishes Tacoma Art Museum as the only major museum of Western American art of this caliber in the Northwest. It also enables the museum to fully explore the art history of the West while integrating its Western and Northwest collections.
Tacoma Art Museum Reviews
I enjoyed the current exhibits featuring native art and western art by immigrants! The museum is well taken care of and close to other museums and convention district. more »
Spent about two very pleasant hours here. Interesting layout to the building. Great permanent exhibits. A lot to see in a very well done museum more »
This is my first time to TAM. I saw all the glass features in the Benaroya wing. I highly recommend a visit. I attended on a Saturday and it was very relaxed, not crowded. Tacoma has got it going on! Please don't become Seattle. I'm praying for you but I have faith.
Such a great museum with a lot of great exhibits on native art, glass art, and amazing paintings. Loved the areas to give our views and answer questions about the exhibit. Seeing what others saw made the experience much more rich and fulfilling, to be able to give your voice. A lot of Asian American art, like from the Japanese internment camps that are not talked about. So much northwest art that had something to say.
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