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1400 South 348th Street
Federal Way, WA 98003
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Arts & Museums
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Tacoma Metal Arts Center ("TMAC") is an absolutely great resource for anyone interested in learning about metalsmithing or creating and designing jewelry. A number of different classes and workshops are taught here throughout the year. Some of these include Pate de Verre & Electroforming, Chasing and Repousse, Bezel Setting Workshop and Hydraulic Press Workshop. Classes are conducted every weekend.
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a great preservation of local happenings through the years. The museum displays exhibitions of people involved with the site from different times through the years. Like a setting straight out of a historic script, the performers strike up conversations with visitors and engage them in dialects of the by-gone era. Temporary and permanent exhibits are a regular feature at the museum, so do call ahead to learn more.
This museum, dedicated to powerboat racing, was started in 1983. The museum's exhibits include not just modern boats, but also many vintage boats, all in all spanning over 70 years of powerboat history. The museum also has an large collection of books, films, magazines, newspaper articles and much more about the history of this exciting sport.
The Harbor History Museum is a museum dedicated to sharing the history of the Gig Harbor Peninsula. The permanent collection features four different galleries as well as a restored one-room schoolhouse. The museum also hosts special, temporary exhibitions.