A truly timeless portrait should have realistic shadowing and at least two eyeholes for spying. View fine works of art without feeling watched with today's deal. For $4, you'll receive one general admission to the Tacoma Art Museum ($9 value). The first 50 Groupon grabbers also get their paws on a commemorative mug dedicated to the museum's pseudo mascot, Leroy.
The handsome, 12,000-square-foot museum is home to four exhibition galleries and a permanent collection that focuses on the wealth of regional talent in the Northwest, in addition to housing Japanese woodblock prints and European paintings. Tacoma's own Dale Chihuly fills a gallery space with his permanent installation of playful and fantastical glasswork, much of it inspired by his love for the sea. Brush up on your goose-whispering skills at the Secret Language of Animals exhibit, a family-friendly flock of approximately 40 paintings, sculptures, and videos depicting rodents, birds, horses, dogs, crazy uncles, and more.
Framed in metallic trim, the Tacoma Art Museum's glass-coated exterior lends an open, airy quality to the main hall. The museum wraps around an outdoor courtyard from which natural light spills into the museum's corridors. Surrounded by 30-foot mirrored glass walls, the courtyard holds the pedestrian-friendly stone wave sculpture, a sloping surface that mimics the shape of gently sloshing water.
- Rather than trying to collect a bit of this and bit of that, the Tacoma Art Museum focuses on Northwest artists, and they have assembled a fine collection of their work. – Betsy Malloy, About.com
- The building is filled with beautiful galleries in which to display both the museum's own collections and traveling exhibitions. – Frommer's
- Good experience for an adult and a very manageable size for children - it is a very good introduction for them. – Emeel, Dexknows
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Tacoma, Washington 98402Get Directions