Tacoma Art Museum now offers free admission to the military and their families

Featured image: Tacoma Art Museum (photo by Cheryl Landes)

Thanks to more than 70 supporters and donors, the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) began offering free admission to active-duty military personnel, reservists, veterans, and their families on Veterans Day weekend. The offer continues year-round.

Stop by the museum at 1701 Pacific Avenue through November 29 to see a mixed-media piece on loan from TAM’s neighbor, the Museum of Glass. The piece, The Final Goodbye, is a composition of sculpted glass, casings, boots, a helmet, and a dog tag. Participants in the Museum of Glass’ Hot Shop Heroes program, in partnership with the Warrior Transition Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, created the artwork in 2015. The Hot Shop Heroes program serves soldiers, including many coping with traumatic events and injuries suffered during combat.

While you’re there, allow time to visit the Museum of Glass across the street (1801 Dock Street) and watch Hot Shop Heroes participants blow glass poppies for a commissioned Veterans of Foreign War piece. The easiest way to get there from TAM is to cross the Chihuly Bridge of Glass connecting TAM to the Museum of Glass. The bridge features pieces created by Tacoma native, Dale Chihuly.

The Chihuly Bridge of Glass and Museum of Glass in Tacoma (photo by Cheryl Landes)

TAM is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and the third Thursday of the month, 5-8 p.m. For more information, visit TAM’s website or call (253) 272-4258.

The Museum of Glass’ hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, and 5-8 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. Discounted admission to the Museum of Glass is $12 for active military personnel, reservists, and veterans with valid ID. For more information, visit the Museum of Glass’ website or call (866) 468-7386.

Parking for both museums is available in a City of Tacoma parking garage under the Museum of Glass (view directions). The garage entrance is on the north side of the museum, next to the loading dock; the cone shown in the picture above is the south side of the building. Parking rates are $5 for up to three hours and $10 for more than three hours, and must be paid in advance.

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