Admission or Membership to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. Choose from Two Options.

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  • Live glass blowing
  • Contemporary glass art
  • Invitations to special events & discounts

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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.

Reviews

More than 90 Yelpers give the Museum of Glass a 3.5-star average rating, and TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes. Five Citysearchers give it a four-star average.

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.

Customer Reviews

Go often, the displays change regularly. The glass is beautiful.
Sandy S. · March 16, 2014
Save lots of time for the Hot Studio, really it's the primary attraction. Also, I really enjoyed the pieces based off of children's drawing that are near the restrooms. As for the remainder of the museum, it's pretty pedestrian for the cost. It is worth it to see once, but besides the hot studio where they are actually making glass one visit in a lifetime is probably all you really need.
John P. · March 10, 2014
Go when you can definitely see them making something
Suzie M. · March 9, 2014
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