Museum of Glass

If you are in the Tacoma area, make sure you stop in at the Museum of Glass. There are a lot of things to see and it's a surprisingly good place to take kids.

I checked out Ispirazione: James Mongrain in the George R. Stroemple Collection, full of delicate, fanciful, sea-life inspired vessels, organized by color.

The hot shop is open to visitors (there's even a live feed on the website if you want to watch them in action). I sat behind a school group and listened as a guide talked about the process while a group of artisans worked on a piece by visiting artist Ginny Ruffner.

I spent quite a bit of time on the Bridge of Glass after eating a truly good lunch in the museum cafe. The bridge features work by Tacoma native, and renowned glass artist, Dale Chihuly. I prefer Chihuly's sea forms to his flowers, and there were plenty to see in the ceiling of the Seaform Pavilion. I also especially liked the Crystal Towers, columns of blue glass chunks that anchor the bridge and are lit from below at night.

I wandered through Into the Deep and found a small exhibit of sculpture based on drawings by children in the hallway to the bathrooms.

The Art Deco Glass from the Huchthausen Collection was amazing, each vase or bowl more beautiful than the last.

After realizing that I had a solid case of museum fatigue, I crossed the bridge and poked around some of the downtown shops; Stocklist was my favorite!