Tacoma Art Museum

The TAM or Tacoma Art Museum is a museum located in Washington, Tacoma. It focuses mostly on artists and arts from the Northwest of Pacific and the rest of the United States’ western region. The museum, which was established in 1935, has deep roots in society and serves as an anchor for the museum complex and university in Tacoma, Downtown.


The Tacoma Art League is the reason for the establishment of the Tacoma Art Museum, a non-profit organization started in 1891. It was again named the Tacoma Art Society in the 1930s before being named as Tacoma Art Museum in early 1964. The museum aims to bring people together through art by collecting and displaying the visual works of the Northwest Americans. The art museum’s authentic collection is the world’s largest collection of Dale Chihuly’s glass artwork, which is on permanent view. Chihuly is a Tacoma native.

The L. T. Murray parents donated a three-story structure to the Tacoma Art Museum on Pacific Avenue and the 12th street in 1971. The National Bank of Tacoma used to be situated at 1123 Pacific Avenue, which was built in 1922. The Art Museum of Tacoma is relocated from this address to a 4,650 m2 or 50,000 square foot building created by Antoine Predock at 1701 Pacific Avenue. The new $22 million glass and steel structure were nearly double the size of its prior location, allowing the antique collection to be displayed. Predock drew inspiration for the structure from the region’s light, its proximity to the ocean, the neighborhood’s industrial character and history, and Mount Rushmore.

An additional construction project of $15.5 million, completed in November 2014, has added roughly 1500 m2 or 16,000 square feet to the museum, housing the Western American Art Collection of the Haud Family. This made the place the most famous museum of Western American art of its degree in the Northwest, as well as allowing the museum to thoroughly investigate Western art history while combining its Northwest and Western holdings.


More than 2999 works of art are on display at the museum, with two-thirds of them designated as Art of Northwest. Since its founding in 1934, the Tacoma Art Museum has amassed an authentic collection that includes works by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Edward Hopper, Robert Henri, Robert Rauschenberg, Jacob Lawrence, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Andrew Wyeth, and John Singer Sargent, among others.

Works by Northwest artists Morris Graves, Guy Anderson, Jacob Lawrence, Akio Takamori, Jared Pappas-Kelley, Patti Warashina, and Mark Tobey, make up over 70% of the collection. The central court of the museum is occupied by the Untitled – Stone Wave, written by Richard Rhodes, a Seattle-based sculptor.

The museum has a reputation for being more accepting of explicitly LGBT or unique of the best American institution. TAM staged the censored Hide/Seek show at the National Portrait Gallery in 2012 for more viewers; TAM decided to offer the show unedited. The institution also made rules to follow up with another Jonathan Katz-curated exhibition: Art, AIDS, and the United States of America

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