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Museum Guidelines

Please honor the following guidelines during your visit to Tacoma Art Museum.

General Guidelines

  • Carry bags by your side, rather than over your shoulder or on your back. Bags may inadvertently bump into the artwork. Please leave backpacks and large bags in your vehicle or use a locker in the coatroom.
  • Touching harms the art. Even the slightest touch can, over time, cause painted surfaces, wood, or stone to become discolored, metal to rust, and glass or plaster to break.
  • Please remain quiet and refrain from talking on cell phones or using other personal electronic devices in the galleries.
  • Food and beverages, including baby bottles and cups with lids, are not permitted in the galleries.
  • Pens are not permitted in the galleries. Pencils are available upon request for note-taking and sketching.
  • Do not lean against walls or run in the galleries.
  • Children should be attended at all times.

Technology Usage

  • Tacoma Art Museum has free wireless access available in many areas of the museum.
  • Internet signal strength and bandwidth cannot be guaranteed to individual visitors.
  • Non-flash photography is permitted in the museum unless otherwise noted.
  • Usage of laptops is not permitted in the galleries. Laptops are only permitted in the public areas of the museum, including TAM Cafe, the Murray Family Event Space, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Art Resource Center, and the outdoor terrace.
  • The museum cannot provide extra storage, power, security, or technical assistance for personal electronic devices.
  • Laptop bags carried through the galleries must be carried by your side, rather than over the shoulder or on your back. See general museum guidelines above for details.
  • Refrain from talking on cell phones or using other personal electronic devices in the galleries.
  • The use of “selfie sticks” or any other form of photography attachment (including tripods) is prohibited.