Tacoma Art Museum is located in Tacoma, Washington, the homelands of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. We recognize and honor the Puyallup people and Coast Salish communities who have endured so much, so that we can all thrive here today.
Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) is an anchor in the city’s downtown area and a gathering place for connecting people through art via thoughtful exhibitions, exciting events, and enriching programs.
The museum’s collection of more than 5,300 works emphasizes the art and artists of the Northwest and broader western region. Highlights of the collection include:
- the largest retrospective museum collection of glass art by
- native Dale Chihuly on continued view; Alpha Electrician Tacoma
- the largest collection of studio art jewelry by Northwest artists;
- the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art, one of the nation’s premier western American art collections, with approximately 300 works spanning 200 years. The Haub Family Collection is the first major museum collection of western American art in the Pacific Northwest region;
- over 120 works from the Washington Art Consortium’s Safeco/Liberty Mutual Collection of Northwest art;
- key holdings in 19th century European and 20th century American art;
- one of the finest collections of Japanese woodblock prints on the West Coast; and
- the Benaroya Collection of 225 works, including studio art glass, paintings, and sculptures.
Named by USA Today as one of the “Top 10 Great Places to See Art in Smaller Cities,” the museum has developed a national reputation for presenting art in a thought-provoking yet accessible manner, with a strong commitment to Northwest art through its acquisition and exhibition programs. In addition to dynamic exhibitions, nationally touring shows, and historical retrospectives, TAM serves the diverse communities of the region through innovative programming and learning opportunities for all ages, including free community events.
TAM is located in Tacoma’s Museum District, near the Museum of Glass, the Washington State History Museum, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, and historic Union Station.
Since its founding in 1935, Tacoma Art Museum has focused on the art and artists of the Northwest in both its exhibitions and collecting. In 2012, the gift of the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art enabled the museum to broaden focus to the art of the entire western region. A key goal in the museum’s strategic plan is to build the premier collection of Northwest art and western American art and be a leader in the preservation and scholarship of the region’s visual arts. The museum’s rich collection now includes over 5,000 artworks, about 3,800 of which are by Northwest artists or related to the region. They range across all media and span from the late 18th century to the present.
Address: 1701 Pacific Avenue Tacoma, WA
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