I went to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA for the first time last weekend. It’s on my top 5 favorite museums easily. Experiencing the Museum of Glass starts outside of the museum. Its modern architecture stands out from its neighboring buildings and is easily identifiable as one drives by it.
If you’re taking the public transport to the Museum, you’ll have to walk through the Glass Bridge to get to the entrance. The bridge offers some cool views of the freeway, Tacoma Dome, and the Museums in the area. It’s decorated by giant glass sculptures and smaller glass sculptures suspended in ceilings or displayed in a freestanding wall.
The staircase that leads down to the entrance wraps around this structure. Inside is the hot glass shop of the museum. I think it’s the coolest design feature of the space, not just architecturally but also the experience it offers patrons.
The Hot Glass shop, hosts artists regularly. Patrons of the museum can watch the artist work. It also has a Kid’s Design Glass program that yielded my favorite pieces.
The Museum engages the public through its architecture and public space. It empowers glass artists through its galleries, museum shop and hot glass workshop. But most importantly, it has a program that encourages children’s creativity by breathing life into their drawings and turning them into glass sculptures.
If more museums are designed like this, art would be more attainable and easily experienced by the general public. It’s a public space, workshop, gallery, cafe and retail space all at once.
If you must check out their website to plan your visit. Link is right here