Museums hold some of our country’s most valuable objects, which is why it’s so puzzling that schoolchildren and hyenas are their main patrons. Behold breakable beauties with today’s Groupon to the Museum of Glass in downtown Tacoma. Choose between these two options:
- For $6, you get admission for one person (a $12 value).
- For $37, you get a one-year family membership for two adults and any accompanying children or grandchildren under 18 (a $75 value).
Housed in a 90-foot-high glass cone in downtown Tacoma, the Museum of Glass harbors ongoing live glassmaking and exhibitions by contemporary glass artists in 13,000 square feet of gallery space. The Hot Shop’s masters of molten material blow glass during museum hours (minus an hour lunch break) using two furnaces that can hold up to 1,000 pounds of glass and reach temperatures up to 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit, the equivalent of running on a treadmill in a skin-tight snowsuit.
The permanent collection forms a solid base of highly breakable art upon which the museum adds rotating exhibitions, such as the eye-tricking pieces by Richard Meitner and a haunting and spectacular ice forest constructed by Ingalena Klenell and Beth Lipman. A 210-foot-long reflecting pool and permanent outdoor sculptures allow visitors to view how glass captures natural light and holds it prisoner until it gets a written apology from the sun.
Family (or dual) membership covers admission for the year for two named adults and any accompanying children under the age of 18, along with a translucent treasure trove of perks. In addition to four one-time-use guest passes and invitations to museum special events, members receive 15% off at the museum store and 10% off at the café. Subscription to the unbreakable e-newsletter and a discount on GLASS Quarterly magazine make sure the shaky-handed get something to hold on to. Benefits at hotels and other museums are included as well.
Museum of Glass
The Museum of Glass is the only museum west of the Mississippi to exclusively showcase one of art's most delicate media: glass. The museum provides a dynamic learning environment to appreciate the medium of glass through creative experiences, collections, and exhibitions. Stop by the Hot Shop, housed in the museum's 90-foot-tall stainless-steel dome, to watch professional artists as they blow and shape molten glass into artistic sculptures or thought bubbles. Be sure to examine the museum's outdoor installations, including Martin Blank's Fluent Steps, the colorful Chihluly Bridge of Glass, and the Water Forest, a series of towering acrylic tubes filled with rising and falling water.
1801 Dock St.
Tacoma, Washington 98402Get Directions