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Arts & Museums
The Working Waterfront Maritime Museum is operated by the non-profit organization
Built with a steel cone on the top, the Museum of Glass represents the pinnacle of artistic quality in the theater district. The visiting as well as in-house artists here impress the visitors with their creations and glass-blowing skills. The exhibitions held here are educational as well as fun for the whole family. School trips and guided tours are usually organized here for the same reason. Enter the museum to get completely bowled over by the beauty of glass in its different forms. Visit the hot shop for the molten formation process and end it with the cold shop where the final touches are given.
Designed by Dale Chihuly and Arthur Anderson, the Bridge of Glass is an overpass for pedestrians above Interstate 705. The bridge actually connects the Washington State History Museum with the Museum of Glass . The 500 feet long horizontal structure has a pair of crystal towers right in the center, which marks the halfway point of the bridge. Originally designed for showing the beauty of glass in its various forms, the functional value is also obvious; it acts as a connector between the two Washington landmarks.
The LeMay Family Collection at Marymount is open year-round 6 days/week for guided tours, showcasing over 500 vintage vehicles - primarily American-made cars, trucks, buses, fire engines, motorcycles, and more. The LeMay Family Collection was started by Harold & Nancy LeMay, was recognized as the largest privately-held collection of vehicles in the world, and it continues to grow. The historic Marymount campus, once the home of the Marymount Military Academy, then the LeMay - AMERICA'S CAR MUSEUM, is now managed by the LeMay Family Collection Foundation and is the location of the Annual LeMay Car Show held on the last Saturday in August each year.
Located in the city of Tacoma, Children's Museum of Tacoma offers an exciting adventure for kids of all ages. The museum allows families to explore and play together as they learn about science, the arts and more. Many of the exhibits offer hands-on fun, in which a child becomes a part of an enjoyable and playful learning experience. Exhibits range from traditional viewing exhibits to unique interactive ones.
"For more than 30 years, the Traver Gallery has served as a theater for the visual arts, providing space for artists to explore their ideas and share their discoveries with the world."
Featuring American, European and Asian art, the Tacoma Art Museum is a well-known gallery and museum. Since its inception in 1935, it has been displaying art in the form of paintings and drawings—both classic and contemporary, national and international. Their permanent collection includes works by Mary Cassatt, Jean Baptiste, Camille Corot, Dale Chihuly, Edgar Degas and Robert Henri to name a few. It also holds lectures, workshops, talks, temporary exhibitions and performances for all age groups.
Located in Tacoma, about 30 miles south of Seattle, this museum lets you explore the history of the state. Multimedia exhibits allow you to take an interactive look at the lifestyles and culture of the native inhabitants and of the settlers who followed. Visit a Salish plant house and take a video trip down the mighty Columbia River. On select occasions people can view the museum for free. Please visit their website for more information.
The LeMay Car Museum is a four story museum housed on nine acres in Tacoma. The museum is home to 350 vehicles, spanning the history of cars in America. A visit to this museum is a car-lovers dream.
For an impressive set of artifacts from all over the world, take the kids to the Karshner Museum in Puyallup. Mainly collected during the 1930s and 40s, this diverse collection of over 10,000 artifacts has everything: a hunk of the Great Wall of China, World War II replicas and even a severed elephant's foot (complete with touching privileges) are on display. No matter your particular interest, there is sure to be something here that fascinates and activates your imagination. Museum hours often change, so it's best to call for an appointment.
This museum recreates the history of sports through visual displays, written descriptions and a narrated video highlighting famous moments in local history. The museum focuses not only on athletes, coaches, and teams, but also on administrators, sponsors, officials, sportswriters and broadcasters, all of whom have contributed to a strong sports heritage.
In 1875, George Ryan converted this one-room cabin into a simple version of a Classic Revival style house. After the family donated this house to the Sumner Public Library, a new one was built. Presently Sumner Historical Society operates from this house. The framework was made of local cedar and Ryan had added an extra story to the cabin consisting of three bedrooms. Over the years, various remodeling attempts were made but the interiors have been restored to retain their original look. The front is adorned with a beautiful veranda inspired by 19th-century millwork style. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.