Museum of Glass

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More than 13,000 sq. ft. of crystalline artistry, live glassblowing & outdoor installations

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Promotional value expires Sep 6, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person for family membership, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 2 per person for 1-day ticket for two. Valid only for option purchased. Must activate by 9/5/12, membership option expires 1 year from activation date. New members only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Art is in the eye of the beholder, whereas swollen retinas are in the eye of the bee holder. Get soul-stung by provocative and powerful art with today's Groupon to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. Choose between the following options:

  • For $12, you get one-day admission for two (a $24 value).
  • For $37, you get a one-year family membership (a $75 value).

The Museum of Glass fills a 13,000-square-foot canvas with indoor and outdoor crystalline artistry. The only museum west of the Mississippi devoted exclusively to the medium of glass, the museum hosts a coterie of contemporary exhibitions as well as elegant outdoor installations, including Martin Blank's Fluent Steps and the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. Rising 90 feet into the air, the museum's stainless-steel cone houses the Hot Shop a bustling glass workshop where artists blow life and animating kisses into molten figures. Interpreters stand by to explain the science, art, and history of the craft, and docent-led group tours personally introduce guests to the artwork, going over highlights and which pieces are and are not edible.

Family membership confers admission rights and special-event invitations upon two named adults and any of their children, grandchildren, or foundlings younger than age 19, as well as two daily guest passes. One-year members also enjoy a 10% discount at the Museum Café and15% off wares at the museum store, which displays 2,500 square feet of baubles forged by resident glassblowers, international artists, and dragons who have renounced torching villages.

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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