Culture in Tacoma

Tacoma, Washington is nestled in the heart of the Pacific Northwest and is the cultural center for the South Puget Sound Region. During the past decade, Tacoma has become a thriving arts community with abundant museums and performing arts venues.

Public Art in Tacoma includes the renowned Chihuly Bridge of Glass with smaller stellar works attracting visitors to all neighborhoods in our City. The performing arts are alive and well in Tacoma. The City is home to classical music groups, theatre, an opera company and the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts presents nationally recognized artists throughout the year.

Living at Franke Tobey Jones and in the north end of Tacoma provides a very enriching, diverse lifestyle with many cultural activities in the neighborhood and close by.

Art and Art Galleries

Tacoma has an amazing array of artworks ranging from contemporary art to traditional fine art, glass art, prints, paintings, sculpture, fine art photography and other types of visual art.

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Tacoma offers a diverse theater experience from nonprofit performing arts to the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts to college campus theater productions. During the past decade, Tacoma has become a thriving arts community with abundant museums and performing arts venues.

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Six major museums line Tacoma’s downtown core to form an impressive and distinct district showcasing some of the world’s best collections and unique artwork.  Discover creative culture, exquisite glass, timeless history, classic automobiles, family fun and maritime heritage in Tacoma’s Museum District.  These museums include: LeMay Car Museum, Chihuly Glass Museum and Bridge of Glass, Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Children’s Museum of Tacoma and Foss Waterway Seaport Museum.


What better way to experience the place where you live than by gathering with your neighbors and community to celebrate food, art, holidays and more.

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The Puget Sound wine region is currently Washington’s only official American Viticultural Area (AVA) on the west side of the Cascade Mountain Range. It was recognized as an AVA (or appellation) in 1995. While many Washington wineries are represented in the Puget Sound wine region, only a few of them actually use locally grown grapes to make wine. 

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Tacoma Brewery District

The state of Washington is considered by many to be the birthplace of the craft beer revolution. Other areas claim to be “the first” or “where it all started” but for the most part, they are isolated efforts that generated only a local following.

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