Museum of Glass

Those fascinated by glass and staying at the Silver Cloud Inn – Tacoma Waterfront will be happy to know just a few minutes away is the Museum of Glass. The mission of the Museum of Glass is to provide a dynamic learning environment to appreciate the medium of glass through creative experiences, collections and exhibitions.

Inspired by local artist Dale Chihuly and designed by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson, the Museum of Glass opened in July 2002, and is located on the Thea Foss Waterway. What is truly unique about this extraordinary structure is the distinctive Chihuly Bridge of Glass that links the downtown area to the stainless steel cone that serves as a beacon to the contemporary art museum.

Out-of-towners visiting the museum will have the opportunity to view the many different exhibitions and collections throughout the glass structure. Permanent collections currently available for viewing include: 20th and 21st Century, Kids Design, Visiting Artist Residency Program, and the Cappy Thompson Collection.

Outdoor Art is also a fascination among visitors. These plazas feature reflecting pools that emphasize the interaction of Northwest weather and light on the remarkable glass sculptures, located in or near the water. In addition to collections, exhibitions, and outdoor art is “Live From the Hot Shop”. The Hot Shop is where creativity ignites into art. People interested in how glass is made can log in to the website and view the Hot Shop team make glass in real time.

Group tours, museum store, and museum café are also available for the visitor’s convenience. If you’re looking for more information you can visit the website and click Visitor Information for museum hours, and tips for visiting.

Our Tacoma Hotel Near the Museum of Glass

With its waterfront location and beautiful scenery, Silver Cloud Inn – Tacoma Waterfront is just two miles away from the Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass.

Each of the guestrooms offers a waterfront view, 42” plasma TV, complimentary wireless internet, Aveda bath products, refrigerator, microwave, and more. In addition, guests will receive complimentary breakfast every morning. And if you are the athletic type or enjoy exercising, you will have the opportunity to use our fitness center that offers many different exercising machines. We hope to see you soon!