Museum of Glass 


Museum of Glass is an energetic cornerstone of Tacoma’s arts community and the American Studio Glass movement.

In 2002, Museum of Glass opened its doors to a world-class facility designed by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson. Located on the Foss Waterway, the Museum architecture has become an icon in the Pacific Northwest. The 75,000 sq. ft. facility combines exhibition galleries, an education studio, a theater, a one-of-a-kind 500-ft. long pedestrian Chihuly Bridge of Glass and the west coast's most active museum glass studio – the Hot Shop, which rises 90 vertical feet and is clad in stainless steel panels.  

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Mission Statement
Museum of Glass provides a dynamic learning environment to appreciate the medium of glass through creative experiences, collections and exhibitions.
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Museum of Glass
1801 Dock Street 
(253) 284-4708 

Susan Warner 
Executive Director 


Museum of Glass Programs

The Museum of Glass inspires and educates a global audience revealing and interpreting the complexity of glass.  

By creating original and traveling exhibitions, engaging glassblowing demonstrations and thought-provoking public programs, Museum of Glass welcomes, inspires and educates a diverse global audience. With annual visitation of over 130,000, Museum of Glass has welcomed over 2 million visitors from all 50 states and 75 countries since opening in 2002. Each year approximately 40,000 youth are served by Museum of Glass, 9,000 of which take part in formal educational programming. 

MOG’s curatorial department is engaged in organizing nationally traveling exhibitions, impactful and engaging artist residencies, and a small yet expanding permanent collection that represents the rich and diverse decorative arts traditions that epitomize the innovations of the 20th and 21st centuries. Emphasis is placed on organizing a balanced and comprehensive exhibition schedule with scholarly publications that contribute to the understanding of glass as an art material.     

The Education Program at Museum of Glass creates a dynamic, enriching environment that stimulates discussion and individual expression resulting in greater understanding of modern and contemporary glass. The Museum offers programming for the public, school and university students, and most recently, for soldiers from Joint Base Lewis McChord. 

Hot Shop 
MOG’s Hot Shop program allows guests of all ages access to the creative process. Filled with activity and artists at work, the Hot Shop provides a vivid and galvanizing context for the Museum’s educational programs and offers visitors a unique first-hand look at the dynamic process and intricate teamwork involved in the creation of contemporary glass. 

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

The Museum’s newest program, Hot Shop Heroes: Healing with Fire has received wonderfully positive reviews from participants, instructors, and occupational therapists at Joint Base Lewis McChord. One participant stated, “[The class] awakened previously hidden joy in creating things by hand. [Made me] able to actually ‘feel’ something other than numb.”


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