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Get Artsy in Tacoma

By Teresa Bergen

Museum of Glass
A glass blowing demonstration at the Museum of Glass || Courtesy of Museum of Glass

Since opening in 2002, Tacoma’s Museum of Glass has contributed to a thriving local art community and revitalized downtown. Its easily recognizable 90-foot-tall glass cone can be seen prominently in the city’s skyline.

What’s more, you can elevate your group’s next event by holding it in this spectacular,
artsy space. The museum has three outdoor plazas ranging from 3,900 to 5,400 square feet with stunning views of Mount Rainier and the Thea Foss Waterway. Or, plan an indoor event in the 6,900-square-foot Grand Hall against a backdrop of Pacific Northwest artist Cappy Thompson’s glass triptych, “Gathering the Light.”

“Museum of Glass is a great venue for the full spectrum of private events,” says John Ferguson, Museum of Glass’ private events manager. “It is an iconic Tacoma landmark, and the museum’s Hot Shop [amphitheater] is an amenity that is unmatched in the Pacific Northwest.” As part of the museum’s private events package, groups can observe a team of artists using fire to forge delicate glassworks. The Hot Shop seats 138. Or, if you have a small group, plan a hands-on event where two or three people at a time can feel the heat of the furnaces as they assist artists in making small glassworks like vases, cups, or bowls.