This year, on a sudden whim on my way home from work during a break between wind and rain storms and armed only with my cell phone, I decided to park downtown and walk around the museum of glass. The museum itself was closed but there are lots of interesting things to see in the area around the museum.
The sideways cone contains the hot shop and an observation gallery. The shape is an homage to the wood behive burners that once lined Tacoma's waterfront. You can learn more about the museum here.
Here we have a view of more of the city's icons, the 509 bridge and Tacoma Dome.
While the museum was closed, the gift shop was still open.
The Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a sky bridge that passes over the highway and streets to link the museum to the city is always open. See more here. The domed building in the background is Union Station, now used as a federal courthouse.
Parts of the Venetian Wall.
The "Crystal Towers" are made of polyurethane and are illuminated at night. If you've driven into downtown Tacoma, you've seen these. Interestingly, at the time that these were installed, Walmart bags were the same color. Certainly I wasn't the only one who thought of these as poles of Walmart bags and an interesting commentary about "The City of Destiny."
The Seaform Pavillion,
Next to Union Station, on the other side of the bridge, is the Newish Washington state History Museum.
Front entrance of Union Station which was also closed. The interior is gorgeous and has amazing acoustics. It's also filled with work by Tacoma native, Dale Chihuly.
This spot, tucked away in the middle of all these city buildings and behind a wrought iron fence seemed especially restful.
The Albers Mill building is, I think, the only old brick building left on the waterfront. It's been repurposed as a gallery and condos or lofts. There are a lot of condo buildings in this area.
Here we are again where we began. Hope you enjoyed this quick walk around the museum and that you'll visit Les's blog and participate in the Winter Walk-Off yourself! Thanks, Les, for hosting this fun party for another year! Here's to many more!
Happy weekend and happy gardening all!